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Daniel Radcliffe Shares How He And Girlfriend Erin Darke Met, And A Perm Was Involved

Daniel Radcliffe with Kill Your Darlings perm.
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Daniel Radcliffe is not a celebrity I normally think of as being super open about his personal life. The Harry Potter alum is not active on social media, and while he’s appeared on the red carpet a few times with his new girlfriend Erin Darke, we haven’t learned a whole lot about how they came to be together. Until this year, when he shared a hair-oriented tale about how he and his girlfriend came to be a couple. 

Radcliffe has been candid dealing with the papparazzi and wanting privacy in the past, but he has also been out and about on red carpets this year to promote his upcoming movie Weird: The Al Yankovic Story at TIFF. Weird received intriguing reviews at the film festival, but the big news was Erin Darke joining the actor on the red carpet. This isn’t the first time they’ve been seen in public together, but this time Radcliffe did share more details. First, take a look. 

Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke at TIFF 2022.

(Image credit: (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images))

Etalk caught up with Daniel Radcliffe, who wore a wig for Weird – though the actor has noted previously that he grew his own beard for the role playing the iconic comedic songmaster.  Though he’s “bad” enough at “maintenance" when it comes to his locks, this time around they didn’t make him grow out and then perm his hair to play the icon. Still, that process seems to have worked to attract Erin Darke all the way back in 2012 when he was filming Kill Your Darlings. As he put it:

For a film [would I rock a perm?] Absolutely. When I did Alan Ginsberg I had a perm in my hair and that’s how my girlfriend and I met, actually. I had the perm in at the time, so maybe she’s secretly been longing to get back to that this whole time.

Jokes aside, though Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke have been together for a decade, they only recently started doing red carpet events together again. In fact, back in March, the two stepped onto the red carpet for the premiere of The Lost City, which starred the actor opposite Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock. Darke was a notable fan of Bullock’s and actually got to meet her at that event as well, so perhaps the incentive to meet cool people will get her on more carpets in the future. 

Now, they're back in public at TIFF this year, and it’s charming that Radcliffe is opening up about their meet-cute and the perm that was involved all these years later. Here's hoping these red carpet rendezvous become more "perm"anent. 

Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

Reality TV fan with a pinch of Disney fairy dust thrown in. Theme park junkie. If you’ve created a rom-com I’ve probably watched it.