During an appearance on the premiere of The Graham Norton Show, alongside Trolls co-stars Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, Radcliffe shared a funny anecdote that told the story of his first meeting with The Donald over 10 years ago during his first press run for Harry Potter.
And when it came to asking the presidential candidate for advice, Trump told Radcliffe something that probably won’t shock anyone.
“I was like 11 or 12 and it was when we were doing press for the first Potter movie, and they took us to New York and it was sort of the first time doing any of the morning shows in New York,” Radcliffe began, “and I was about to do the Today Show and I’d never been American morning TV before, and I was quite nervous.”
He continued, “Donald Trump had also been on that day. They walked me over to him because clearly they were like, somebody must have said, ‘Hey, you wanna meet the kid who plays Harry Potter?’ and he’s like ‘Sure!’ I don’t know how that conversation went.”
And then Trump decided to offer a young Radcliffe some tips to ease his nerves. “But they sort of walked me over to him and he said, ‘Oh hi, nice to meet you.’ And I said, ‘Nice to meet you.’ He said, ‘How are you?’ I said, ‘I’m quite nervous. I’ve never been on TV before, I don’t know what I’m gonna talk about.’ And he brilliantly just said, ‘You tell them you just met Mr. Trump.'”
Because, of course he did.
“To me, that is the Everest of self-confidence. Imagine if I’d just been to you, ‘When you go on that show, just talk about me. Don’t talk about your stuff.'”
As for J.T. and Kendrick’s reactions to that story? Well, it’s priceless.