Tom Felton was More Involved with Kim K’s Draco Malfoy Hair than You Realized
As MAJOR Potterheads, we basically freaked the eff out when we recently got the chance to chat with Draco Malfoy himself, Tom Felton. And while Tom played a total jerk in Harry Potter for over 10 years, we’re happy to tell you that Tom is one of the sweetest, most down-to-earth guys we’ve ever encountered. Like, you guys — we’re OB-SESSED with him!
While we’ll always know Tom as the platinum blonde wizard, he’s been spreading his acting wings in all sorts of new projects lately! From his new movies and TV projects to fan fiction and crying over a Disney princess (yes, this is real!), we chatted with the 27-year-old actor about basc everything! Let’s get to it, shall we?
Teen: Congratulations on everything! You’ve been everywhere lately, but first we wanted to talk about Against the Sun. It seems so intense. We heard you had to restrict your diet to about 500 calories a day at one point to get a sense of what your character was going through. Was that the most challenging part of filming the movie for you?
Tom Felton: “[It was] certainly one of the most challenging parts. I remember reading the script and kind of falling in love with the story and thinking, “how has this never been told before?’ And then Brian [Falk] and I sat down for two hours — I think it was supposed to be 20 minutes — and I pummeled him with questions. He’s very knowledgeable in the history behind it. After the two hours of questioning he said, ‘do you want to come and do this? It’s going to be a restrictive diet…’ things like that. And I kind of said yes without thinking too much about it. Then, I remember on the first day [of filming] I got a Starbucks coffee and found out how many calories were in it. Literally, it was the whole day’s worth. The large was actually one and a half day’s worth. I’m not really a master foodie so I didn’t think it was going to be a problem. But, the way they did it, you had to eat just a tiny bit every two hours, just to get your metabolism going at a really fast rate. So, within two days I was absolutely ravenous. We spent most of our time off set talking about food.”
T: Wow, that’s INSANE! But we’re sure your characters spent tons of time talking about food in real life, too.
TF: “Yeah, it was quite good. There were a few scenes where we talked about food and there was certainly no acting needed there. We were pretty starving at that point. The crew was pretty courteous they kept the food truck often out of our eyesight and reach, so weren’t looking at that all day.”
T: Oh, that must’ve been helpful! Was the lack of food the toughest part about filming?
TF: “There were challenges throughout — whether it’s wind, weather, boats — there were some really unique challenges that this project presented. Probably the rain was the biggest. We did stuff with heavy rain and special effects. The moment that rain starts you can’t hear a thing. So as soon as that happened, there’s the camera man going everywhere, people shouting, and us just in the middle of it trying to get through the scene. The whole thing was a challenge, but a very enjoyable one. I have the fondest memories. I’m very close with my cast mates and we often refer to it as one of the happiest times we’ve had on set.”
T: So, you’re hungry, freezing, and having rain dumped on you…no wonder you guys bonded!
TF: “Yes, and we were basically naked at this point in 1960s boxer shorts, which definitely are not as comfortable as the modern-day Calvin Kleins! That must be said.”
T: It’s so funny you mention that, because you co-star Garret Dillahunt actually tweeted a picture of you guys in a plane and said you weren’t wearing any pants!
TF: “Yeah, they promised me that they would never reveal that! I was actually in a pink thong but the other two were completely trouser-less — I’m kidding of course! Sometimes dry humor doesn’t work well on Twitter, so I better make sure [to clarify next time].”
T: Haha! We want to switch gears for a minute and talk about your documentary, Tom Felton Meets the Superfans. It’s so cool that you did that, especially from your background. What did you learn from that experience? Do you feel you have a better understanding of what Harry Potter fans were going through?
TF: “Absolutely. I was speaking to Daniel [Radcliffe] the other day and how over the years we’ve had encounters with lots of Potter fans. And you see them for a fleeting moment where you may get a chance to chat with them and ask some questions. It was insightful to get a chance to sit down and speak to them about their stories and how Harry Potter or whatever their chosen passion is, how it helped them through life. And it’s not just a hobby; It’s a way of life. People’s instinct when they hear someone is madly obsessed with Star Wars or Harry Potter or something like that, they think that it’s odd and not as cool as being a massive sports fan or film nerd. But I think it’s amazing and something that should be celebrated and definitely not looked down on or misunderstood. To get a chance to go on that journey definitely shone a light on what a positive world it is.”
T: We know you’ve had thousands of fans encounters in your career, and some of them were pretty intense. Is there one fan moment that really stands out in your mind?
TF: “Honestly, I should have written them down. Some of the things we’ve had over the years have been pretty strange. Going to Japan the first time, I remember there being tons of very excited Japanese girls with huge signs that said, ‘Welcome to Japan, Draco!’ and that kind of thing. [Sometimes] people dress up as Draco and coming to see me, and I never know how to react to that. Generally speaking, it’s all been very pleasant and I guess normalized over the years. If someone is outside an event and has a broomstick and a wand in their hands, that’s actually pretty normal as far as fans go.”
T: Do you walk down the street and still hear people say, “Hey Draco!?”
TF: “Yeah, I got it in the car this morning. There were people who just shouted, ‘hey, Draco!’ I just gave them a mean stare. That usually pleases them.”
T: Who are you personally a superfan of?
TF: “I’m passionate about lots in life, whether it’s sports, music, films. Rory McIlroy — I’m very obsessed with him and watching him on the golf course. Music-wise, it’s usually one person from the next. But, obviously I grew up listening to the Beatles, Bob Dylan — all the usual classics. But, I don’t take it to the level that some of these people do in the film. I’ve never lined up to meet someone…or the idea of waiting outside of a hotel is more extreme than the level I would normally go.”
T: Yeah, that’s a little intense. Switching subjects again, you’re one of our faves to follow on Twitter! And we saw that you tweeted about seeing Cinderella recently…
TF: “For Cinderella, me and my girlfriend went to see it. And honestly, I didn’t expect myself to get into it, let alone to enjoy it as much as I did! When the dress was turning and the fairy godmother turned up, I found myself getting teary-eyed! So I resisted it for the next half hour and then for the big final call I got carried away with it all. It was a beautiful film and a lot of fun.”
T: That’s so amazing. Since you were into Cinderella, are you planning on seeing Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast?
TF: “For sure! There’s a lot of excitement over that so I’ll be looking forward to that for sure.”
T: Have you ever heard her sing?
TF: “No, I haven’t, actually.”
T: Okay — we have to ask you about Kim Kardashian’s new hair and the hilarious Draco memes that were popping up! What was your reaction to that whole thing?
TF: “Well, she called me a couple of months before and asked me for some advice on how to get there. I’ve been Kim’s personal hair lady for a while now. So yeah…go Draco! People love the Draco. I like to think that as I wore it over the past couple of years I’ve made it as cool as it is. And now Kim is extending that for future generations. I’m just kidding! I actually woke up to emails and messages from friends saying, “Kim’s gone Draco!” And I didn’t know what it meant at first. Then some guy tried to run up to me after dinner and asked me about it. She does look good with it though, I’ll give her that.”
T: It’s pretty great. And since we follow you on Twitter, we also recently saw that you had a bit of a Harry Potter reunion! Does that happen often?
TF: “Yeah, it’s one of those things that we all seem to be at different corners of the earth at any given time. But, any time we are back in the same place or country as each other it’s always good to meet up. That was great. I knew James Phelps was in town, and he said that Bonnie Wright and Rupert Grint were in, too. And before I knew it, it was a whole Weasley love fest!”
T: Okay, we tweeted that we were chatting with you, and got TONS of questions from your fans. One of our faves was, ‘If you could use any HP spell in real life, which one would you choose?’
TF: “That is tricky because I’m not quite sure how I would use it! There are a couple of things I would like to take from that world. The Felix Felicis — I would love me a few pints of that in case of a rainy day. But really, the one that always stuck with me was a broomstick. I know it’s not a spell, but if I could get my hands on a Nimbus…! It’s very green, eco-friendly and saves you going to the airport. So if you have any developments on that I would take that as far as I can.”
T: The last question from your fans is kind of a combined question. So many people were asking about fan fiction, and there were a lot of questions about Draco and Hermione fan fiction, Draco and Harry fan fiction…have you ever actually read a HP fan fiction?
TF: “I’ve browsed. I heard of fan fiction before Potter, and then I was at a convention and someone told me I had to read the stuff because it was great. And so I learned what Dramione and Darry is — there’s even a Drapple one, which is Draco and an apple. So, that’s a new one if you haven’t heard of that. The pictures are the most alarming thing. There are graphic illustrations. I don’t know what it is but it seems to have inspired a lot of people to write romantic stories between Draco and various other characters. It’s not particularly for me, but at the same time I’m thrilled that it inspired people to write stories, even if the actual topics and characters are a little questionable.”