Friday, April 22, 2011

Daniel Radcliffe Admires Lady Gaga's 'Outspoken' Gay Rights Advocacy

'Deathly Hallows' star tells MTV News, 'She has a slightly more flamboyant way of putting her point across.'
By Terri Schwartz, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Daniel Radcliffe
Photo: MTV News

"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe has been one of the most active celebrities showing their support for the LGBT community, and his continued efforts on behalf of the Trevor Project has earned him a Hero Award. MTV News caught up with Radcliffe recently and talk turned to his affiliation with the gay rights/ civil liberties causes, so we asked if he'd ever come into contact with another passionate supporter: Lady Gaga. His response wasn't quite what was expected.

"No, never, although my mom and dad, bizarrely, went to her concert," Radcliffe said with a laugh. "Like, my parents at a Lady Gaga concert, which I just think is the coolest, oddest thing ... they're ahead of me on most things pop culture."

Although Radcliffe has never met the colorful pop star, he said her advocacy for the gay community is something he's happy to be associated with. Gaga memorably joined in the National Equality March at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and vocalized her support for human rights at the 2009 and 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

Radcliffe said he can relate to Gaga's style of advocacy, even if he thinks his more subdued form of campaigning works much better for him.

"She's very outspoken as well, and it's just about being who you were born as. It's wonderful that other people are coming out from all different spectrums," he said. "I mean, she has a slightly more flamboyant way of putting her point across than I would, and it suits her a lot better than it would me. But we're both aiming for the same thing. But, no, I've never met her."

Last year, we talked to Radcliffe about his relationship with the Trevor Project. He said, "It's something I've always been quite passionate about. Because I grew up around gay men, it was always a natural thing to me. It was never something I ever gave a second thought to."

The Trevor Project's help line is a free and confidential service that offers help 24/7. The trained counselors are always available at (866) 4-U-TREVOR (488-7386) or visit their website,

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