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Daniel Radcliffe has devoted most of his life to acting. He had a couple of earlier roles, but Radcliffe became a household name once the Harry Potter series started. Most movies often portray love as a fairytale story, but real life isn’t always like the movies. Except it was for Radcliffe, whose real-life romantic moment involved one-time co-star Ben Foster.

Daniel Radcliffe at the 2012 BAFTA Awards; Ben Foster attends the U.K. premiere of 'Rampart.' Radcliffe's real-life romantic moment with his girlfriend happened because of Foster.(l-r) Daniel Radcliffe; Ben Foster | Carl Court/AFP via Getty Images; Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

One of Daniel Radcliffe’s favorite movies is a Ben Foster teen comedy

Radcliffe once revealed he has two favorite movies that share the mantle. One is David Niven’s 1946 film Stairway to Heaven, which co-stars Kim Hunter and includes Sir Richard Attenborough in the cast. 

Fast-forward 55 years, and you have another of Radcliffe’s favorite movies — Get Over It — one that features some of his contemporaries — Foster, Kirsten Dunst, Mila Kunis, Colin Hanks — among a strong ensemble cast. Martin Short, Zoe Saldana, Swoosie Kurtz, and Ed Begley Jr. are also part of the cast.

Radcliffe and Foster had a chance to work together soon after he left the wizarding world in 2011.

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Radcliffe and Foster made ‘Kill Your Darlings’ together

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His second post-Potter movie was 2013’s Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays Allen Ginsberg. Foster also appeared as Willam S. Burroughs in the film, which is the based-on-real-events version of a 1944 murder in New York City that brought famous beat generation poets in its orbit.

Sharing the set and screen with Foster was a dream come true for Radcliffe — and it also spawned his real-life romantic moment.

Radcliffe and his girlfriend had a real-life romantic moment as they bonded over their love of Foster’s teen comedy

Before filming started for Kill Your Darlings, the cast and crew gathered for a meet-and-greet. Radcliffe got a chance to talk about Get Over It with Foster, but he wasn’t the only one itching to do so.

Erin Darke, who plays Gwendolyn in Kill Your Darlings, was also waiting in the wings to tell Foster about her love for Get Over It. Radcliffe and Darke got to talking about their shared passion, and it was real-life romance from the get-go:

“The moment I met my girlfriend and we both realized and we fell in love with each other through our mutual conversation about the 2000s teen comedy Get Over It, which no one has really seen,” Radcliffe said when asked about his favorite real-life romantic moment during a 2022 appearance with England’s Capital FM (via YouTube).

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Daniel Radcliffe on how Ben Foster spawned a real-life romantic moment

Kill Your Darlings remains the one project Radcliffe and Darke have worked on together. If not for both of them wanting to talk to Foster about Get Over It, they might never have had their real-life romantic moment.

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Radcliffe played Harry Potter in eight movies. Since then, he’s been a flatulent corpse (Swiss Army Man), an assistant to a mad scientist (Victor Frankenstein), and twice a rich, eccentric villain (Now You See Me 2; The Lost City).

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