Rupert Grint New Year's News Round-Up: It's Only a Play, Julie Walters and more

On Sunday, January 4th, Rupert ended his run as Sir Frank Finger in It's Only a Play on Broadway. His final performance was in front of a standing room only crowd. At the end of the performance, he was presented with white roses from Matthew Broderick and was given big hugs by both him and Stockard Channing. Congratulations to Rupert for a successful run on Broadway, and we hope that we see more of him on the great white way in the future!

After the final performance, Rupert and his cast-mates headed to the Royalton hotel for a farewell party for Rupert, Megan Mullally and Nathan Lane, all of whom departed the play the same day. Rupert mingled and shared laughs with Nathan Lane, who had nothing but kind things to say about Rupert while promoting the play.

Rupert also participated in a BBC2 documentary celebrating Julie Walters, his Harry Potter and Driving Lessons co-star.  Rupert had this to say while reminiscing about his time on set with Julie: "...having her there made it so much easier for me, because she put us all at ease. She was really kind of nurturing and a real mother figure to have on set." 

You can watch the full interview below: 

Finally, while still in New York, Rupert participated in Celebrity Tastemakers. Filming was completed at Bacchnal, a popular New York City restaurant. No word on when his episode is airing yet but the show airs on Sundays at 5:30pm on PIX 11 in the NYC area. 

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Submitted by Maria on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:37
Rupert Grint Supports Children's Charity at Cabaret for a Cause

On Monday, December 8th, Rupert attended Cabaret for a Cause in New York City. Cabaret for a Cause is an event that supports Project Renewal, a charity organization that housing and support to homeless children through their En Casa for Families program. 

What makes Cabaret for a Cause unique is that it not only supports children, but it also showcases the talents of child performers from Broadway, film and television. Among the performers on Monday night were Nia Frazier, Kendall Vertes and Maddie and McKenzie Ziegler from Dance Moms as well as children performers from the musicals Matilda, The Lion King and Les Miserables

Rupert paid a visit to the green room at the show and posed for pictures with several of the children. 

Rupert with Kendall Vertes from Dance Moms

Rupert with Nia Frazier from Dance Moms

Rupert in the greenroom with the performers

As well, Rupert and his co-stars were recognized as the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Gypsy of the Year event for being the show that raised the greatest amount of money for The Actors Fund.  

Kudos to Rupert for his support for these great causes. If you want to know more about Rupert's work with charities, check out 5 Things Every Rupert Fan Should Know About His Charitable Acts.

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Submitted by Maria on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:55
Rupert Grint Designs a T-Shirt for Charity and Stage Door Antics at It's Only a Play

Rupert is showing off his art skills once more! He has designed a t-shirt for It's Only a Play. Proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (BC/EFA). BC/EFA fundraises every year through the sale and auction of unique items and opportunities. This money goes towards awarding grants to AIDS service organizations across the United States. 

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Thank you to sock97 on instagram for the great find! 

Along with the t-shirt, the show has also been selling signed playbills, windowcards, and potholders. As well, an auction for a "selfie" with the cast was auctioned off at the end of the show for two weeks. Kudos to the cast and Rupert for supporting such a great cause!

Meanwhile, none other than Tom Felton, Rupert's Harry Potter castmate, showed up at the stage door last Thursday in a funny disguise. Page Six reports that Tom used the alias Bob and like any other fan, he waited patiently in the cold to get a selfie with Rupert. While no pictures of the two have surfaced, Tom graciously took pictures with fans who recognized him. It's great to see the two of them still supporting each other and having fun while doing so!

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Submitted by Maria on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:57
Rupert Grint: "Living in New York is great."

In a new interview with New York Metro, published yesterday, Rupert spoke about adjusting to life in the Big Apple and how he's managing the exhausting schedule of It's Only a Play.

Now almost three months in to the run of the show, Rupert addresses his 'gothic' stage door look, saying:

"My character wears a lot of dark eye make-up and it's kind of just laziness. I leave it on."

Rupert also mentions the view from his flat and a particular New York oddity:

"There's a cyclist who cycles past my apartment most days with Cockatoo on his head. It does cheer me up when I see that."

Fans are sure to have noticed the press's appraisal of the trio's post-Potter careers in recent weeks, which Rupert timely addresses with:

"I'm not the most ambitious person. I'm quite lazy when it comes to doing things. I've found that I can pick and choose things which intrigue me."

The article also asks about any reccuring dreams Rupert's had:

"I used to have this weird dream. No-one ever really believes me but I dream I have forks for legs. Weird, isn't it? I'm in a complete state of panic because my legs are forks."

His presence on social media:

"I'm probably the only person in the world who's not on Twitter or Facebook."

And, if you've been keeping up with the newest addition to his menagerie, Maddie the Tortoise:

"I just bought knitwear for my pet tortoise, Madeline, for winter. They're like tea cosies. I've got a Christmas hat, obviously for Christmas. And a little shark hat, with a little fin. They're made to order, they look great.

See the full interview below (click to view):

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Submitted by Claire on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 07:45
Rupert Grint Nominated for Best New Broadway Lead Actor

Awards season has started with the release of the nominations for the NewNowNext Awards 2014.  Rupert has been nominated for Best New Broadway Lead actor! This category includes other notable actors such as Michael Cera and Bryan Cranston. It's Only a Play is also nominated for Best New Broadway Production (Play)

Award winners will be announced on December 7th at 8/7c on LogoTV.

We wish Rupert the best of luck and hope this is the first of many awards he is nominated for this season!

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Submitted by Maria on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:04
It's Only a Play: Interviews from Opening Night

Fresh from the thrill of a successful opening night, Broadway World's Richard Ridge took to the It's Only a Play after-party to speak with the cast.

A few choice quotes:

"Rupert's adorable. He's just the sweetest kid and he came ready to try anything. He was great." - Nathan Lane

"It's the first time we've offered a play to seven actors, and all seven have said yes. There were no auditions." - Terrance McNally

"To watch Rupert well as Micah and F. Murray. I admire all of them so much, honestly." - Matthew Broderick

"I've loved the whole process. From previews to rehearsals, I'm in the best company. I've done one West End show before this but the excitement's incredible. It's been a real education working on this, I don't feel worthy. The role is over the top, bold and ridiculous." - Rupert Grint

The burning question, at this point, seems whether the play see an extended run. It's certainly a possibility, as one spokesperson for the show commented:

"The producers would love nothing more than to extend. The demand for tickets remains incredible."

If you haven't seen the show, it may well be time to book your ticket :-)

Let us know your thoughts on Twitter by using the hashtag #itsonlysirfrank!

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Submitted by Claire on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:54
Opening Night for It's Only A Play: Press Reviews

Opening Night for It's Only a Play is finally here and the first reviews have started to come in! Here's a recap of critic highlights on Rupert's performance:

Entertainment Weekly gave the play a B+ and said about Rupert: "... alum Rupert Grint—looking like a ginger Eddie Izzard with his guyliner, mousse-spiked hair, and mod suit—plays the wunderkind British director with foot-stomping hyperactivity."

Ed note: Amusingly, Eddie Izzard was also in the audience last night!

Newsday said: "Grint -- all spiked red hair and raccoon eyes -- is perfectly bratty as the British directing genius..."

The Wrap reports: "'s nice to report that this revival offers not one, but two, spectacular Broadway debuts: “Harry Potters'” Rupert Grint portrays a manically childish British director and newcomer Micah Stock, playing a coat-check boy, does to “Defying Gravity” what deserves to be done to “Defying Gravity.”

More to come!

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Submitted by Maria on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 20:35
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