Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Harry Potter's Rupert Grint: Closet Rap Star?

Rupert Grint was sometimes referred to as "that other kid" in the Harry Potter films, listed as almost an afterthought behind Emma Watson (Hermione) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) but it's been said that he has 'the best acting chops' more than once, and he already has several films under his belt outside of the Harry Potter film series.

So how did he get the role of Ron Weasley (originally his favorite character in the books, by the way) in the Harry Potter films? His amazing rap skills, obviously.
"The books were becoming quite a phenomenon and I was a big fan of them," he says. "There was this news program in England called Newsround and they wanted kids my age to kind of, sort of come forward and send in application forms and stuff. So I basically just made a videotape of myself kind of doing a rap ... I'll do the first line: 'Hello there, my name's Rupert Grint, I hope you like this and don't think I stink.' I was 10!"
His co-star, Emma Watson, has described him as "calm and collected," and Dan Radcliffe has called him "the most laid-back guy in the world."

While it's not typical to describe a Virgo Sun as 'laid back', Mlle. Kiddie is not too surprised to hear that from his tres Leo friend Dan. A double earth (Virgo Sun, Capricorn Moon) fellow would be apparently less excitable than someone with all that Leo fire energy.

Virgo is often called finicky and fussy, but one of the traits not mentioned often enough is Virgo's humility, which makes him not as likely to grab a spotlight but just humbly work hard at his craft. Both Virgo and Capricorn, his moon sign, reveal an ability to work hard and perfect whatever it's dedicated to, making it no wonder that he shows so much promise in his acting. Capricorn also can shoulder burdens (sometimes a little too well), so he probably didn't as much trouble as some kids might in taking on the great responsibility of working so hard at such a young age. With Mars in Aries, he can propel himself forward with enthusiasm and be unstoppable!

Capricorn Moons also tend to bring a dry sense of humor and they can have quite a sense of comedic timing with a well-placed but not overdone joke. We can see him deliver this style in some of Ron's comments in Harry Potter, especially in the later films, and something we're likely to see more of in different roles he plays outside of the innocence of Ron Weasley.

Some fun tidbits about Rupert: he has a real fear of spiders just like his character Ron. He also wanted to be an ice cream man when he was a kid and he actually purchased an ice cream van and brought it to the set on the last day and served everyone ice cream! Chalk that up to his Venus in Cancer--relating to others by giving generously to their tummies!
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