Tom Felton opened up about his drug addiction problems, his three rehab stops and the intervention that made him want help in his new memoir.
The 35-year-old Harry Potter star admitted he started drinking heavily ‘to escape’ in his 20s in book – titled Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard – which was released on Tuesday.
The English actor also touched on his mental health issues, writing: ‘The alcohol wasn’t the problem though. That was the symptom. The problem was deeper,” in an excerpt shared by People.
Candid: Tom Felton got candid about his drug addiction problems, his three stints in rehab and the intervention that made him want help in his new memoir; The picture 2022
Felton – known for playing the wizard Draco Malfoy in the film adaptations of the Harry Potter novels by JK Rowling – said he began spending a lot of his time in dive bars and ‘craving for normality’ while living in Los Angeles.
“I went from not being particularly interested to regularly having a couple of pints a day before the sun had even set, and a shot of whiskey with each,” he wrote.
The actor revealed that his drinking and behavior got so bad that his girlfriend at the time – who was also his manager – staged an intervention with her agents and asked him to get help.
Escape: The Harry Potter star, 35, admitted he started drinking heavily ‘to escape’ in his 20s in the book – titled Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard – which was published on Tuesday
However, it was a message from his lawyer, who he ‘hardly ever met face to face’, that ‘hit the hardest’ and made him start to consider getting help.
“Tom,” he said, “I don’t know you very well, but you seem like a nice guy. All I’m going to tell you is that this is the seventeenth intervention I’ve been to in my career. Eleven of they’re now dead. Don’t be the twelfth,” the actor recalled the lawyer saying.
It was then that the actor finally checked into a rehab clinic in Malibu – but then promptly left less than 24 hours later.
Claim to fame: Felton – known for playing wizard Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films – said he went to rehab three times before he got better; Depicted in a still from Harry Potter
He later found his way to another rehab facility, but was kicked out for breaking the rules when he was found in a girls’ room.
Although he got his life under control for a while, he admitted that after a few years the ‘numbness returned’, which is when he went to rehab for a third time – this time uninvited.
Although he called it one of the “toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” the actor credited himself for being able to “admit to myself that I needed some help — and I would do something about it.’
‘I’m no longer shy about putting my hands up and saying: I’m not okay,’ he added, as well as: ‘I’m not alone in having these feelings.’
“Just as we all experience physical ill health at some point in our lives, we all also experience mental ill health. There’s no shame in that. It’s not a sign of weakness,” he continued, adding that he hoped his openness would help others ‘normalize’ getting therapy for their own issues.
Crush on Hermione! Elsewhere in the new book, Felton also shared that he had a ‘secret crush’ on his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson, 32; The duo pictured in 2003
Elsewhere in the new book, Felton also shared that he had a ‘secret love’ for his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson, 32, writing: ‘I loved and admired her as a person in a way I could never explain to anybody else. ‘
Jab at JK: Felton recently praised Harry Potter author JK Rowling for ‘bringing generations together’ while refusing to comment on the backlash after she sparked controversy in 2020 for her transgender comments; The picture in 2019
In an excerpt published by The evening standard, Tom wrote, ‘I’ve always had a secret crush on Emma, but maybe not in the way that people might want to hear. That doesn’t mean there was never a spark between us. It certainly has only at different times.’
The two played enemies on camera, with Emma playing the brilliant Hermione Granger to Tom’s snobbish Draco.
Tom will talk about that and more as he tours the US to promote the film. Performances are scheduled in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Felton was also recently caught praising the author of the original Harry Potter books, JK Rowling, for ‘bringing so many generations together’ through the stories.
His comments come after a wave of backlash against the author following her controversial comments about transgender people – with the actor sharing that he ‘doesn’t take sides’.