Frank Dillane is no stranger to energetic fanbases having worked in a Harry Potter film earlier in his career, but the young actor may have to get used to an even more heightened level of fame once his new series Fear The Walking Dead premieres on AMC.
Dillane, who is best known for his role as young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is looking forward to how The Walking Dead companion series is received, but not necessarily to the fame that may accompany it.
The actor recently chatted with Entertainment Weekly about his fears regarding fame, how his time on Harry Potter helped prepare him for Fear and his famous dad, Stephen Dillane, whom some of you may know as Game of Thrones power player Stannis ‘The Mannis’ Baratheon.
On his fears about the attention fame brings:
I’m sure there will come a time when I won’t be able to, you know, walk around so easy sometimes, or it’s just things that I don’t necessarily want. I don’t really necessarily want to be famous. It takes away from the craft a little bit, but I think it’s part of the job these days, it seems to be. But more just on a personal level, I’m quite easily influenced, so I don’t want to start to believe in all that s— because you might fear sort of a wacko jacko coming. You know what I mean? I’m like I might completely lose my s— and end up in f—ing Neverland or something. You never know, like you’ll find me with four dead hookers or something like that in Season 3, you know? [Laughs]
On how Harry Potter fame has helped him prep for Fear fame:
“I think it has because I was exposed to that kind of hysteria quite early on, so I kind of expect it. It’s not going to be a surprise at least. I don’t really like it, but I kind of expect it at least.”
On his famous father Stephen Dillane (aka Stannis Baratheon)
“My old man, he’s done it very differently from me. He had years of honing his craft and years of doing all that stuff before he even had to worry about Game of Thrones. So he’s absolutely established himself as an actor without the fear of having to have a personality as well. I sort of started a different generation, so all this fandom and all this, you know, interviewing before the shows even come out and all that stuff, I think it would be unfair to compare it to my father. He’s had a different run of it.”
Want more Fear The Walking Dead info? Read what Frank’s co-star Cliff Curtis had to say about the series here.
Fear The Walking Dead premieres on AMC August 23 at 9 p.m.
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