Daniel Radcliffe literally grew up with Alan Rickman. The two stared together for nearly a decade in the Harry Potter films—Radcliffe, of course, as Harry Potter and Rickman as his wizarding school professor Severus Snape. Now 26-years-old, Radcliffe reflects on his time with Rickman, who tragically passed away from pancreatic cancer earlier this month, and says what he really learned from his real-life mentor is something he will always pay forward.
“He would give me lots of advice,” Radcliffe said of Rickman while at the Park City premiere of his Sundance film Swiss Army Man. “But just in terms of watching him—obviously how amazing he is as an actor, it goes without saying—but how nurturing and supportive he is of all the younger actors is something that I’m like, I want to be like that.”
And even though there’s no better place for nurturing new talent and finding young filmmakers than Sundance, Radcliffe said he tries to embody that supportive spirit everyday. “We don’t save it for festivals, we just try to be nice all the time.”