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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Rupert Grint

The Harry Potter star and our favourite redhead (sorry, Prince Harry) turns 28 today! We’re celebrating by sharing some of the little known facts that make him our forever Internet Boyfriend

He spent all of his Harry Potter earnings on an ice cream van

Okay, not all of his earnings (those Potter kids are rolling in some serious dolares!) but he spent a sizeable chunk of his HP cash on a tricked out, souped up ice cream van back 2012 on a classic 1974 Mr Whippy Bedford Van.

“My first ambition was to become an ice-cream man, which is why I bought the Bedford van. Not long after I first got it, I pulled into a pub to do a U-turn and there were eight kids with their pocket money out, hoping to buy a 99 or whatever. But I had nothing to give them. I’ve learnt my lesson since then,” Grint told the Daily Mail in 2014.

‘I keep my van well stocked. It’s got a proper machine that dispenses Mr Whippy ice cream and I buy my lollies wholesale – 50 for a tenner – so I never run short. I’m not allowed to sell my merchandise. I’d need a licence for that.

‘I tend to avoid July and August, but the rest of the year I’ll drive around the local villages and if I see some kids looking like they’re in need of ice creams, I’ll pull over and dish them out for free. They’ll say, “Ain’t you Ron Weasley?” And I’ll say, “It’s strange, I get asked that a lot.”

‘The van often comes in useful. I drove it up to the set on the last day of filming on Harry Potter. The cast and crew were having a barbecue and I supplied the lollies and ice creams.”

He can play the didgeridoo

A huge music fan, Grint claims to have passed over the traditional guitar lessons for something a little bit more left of centre: the didgeridoo. “I can play the didgeridoo fairly well,” he has said. “I can make a pretty decent noise.” He’s also a big fan of the banjo. It’s all music to our ears, Rupert.

He can ride the unicycle

‘Skilled on one wheel’ is fast becoming the must-have celebrity hidden talent, with both Mark Ruffalo and James McAvoy showcasing their unicycle talents on Graham Norton earlier this year. Well, Our Rupert can ride the one-wheeled vehicle as well, after being gifted one for his 14th birthday and teaching himself in breaks during the Potter filming. Not content with just one specialty vehicle, he also knows how to ride a quad bike and a hovercraft.

His audition for Harry Potter involved a rap song

Yep. Imagine little pint-sized Rupert Grint, rapping on camera about why directors should pick him for the part of Ron Weasley. In later interviews, Grint admitted that the reason he decided to set his ambition to Sick Beats was because he knew that thousands of kids would be auditioning and he had to stand out. Well, considering that a job well done.

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We just wanted an excuse to post what is probably our favourite gif on the internet. Rupert Grint. Our Hero.

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