Tom Felton had high praise for his pal Emma Watson, as the Harry Potter star proudly supported her recent declaration that she identified as being ‘self-partnered.’
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, the actor, 32, called the Little Women star, 29, an ‘incredibly smart and lovely young lady’, before admitting he was also ‘happily self-partnered.’
Tom Felton EXCLUSIVE: Harry Potter star praised pal Emma Watson as being an ‘incredibly smart and lovely’ person and claimed to MailOnline he would also call himself ‘self-partnered’
‘I like it! It’s the first I’ve heard of it, but it’s great. I’m in the same category to be honest with you, quite happily self-partnered,’ he explained, before calling his one-year-old Labrador Willow his ‘partner.’
Tom continued: ‘I think in this day and age it’s not a necessity to be with someone just for the sake of being with someone, so I like the idea of self-partnering.
‘I think you need to love yourself before you can love anyone else, so that’s a start.’
The pair often see each other in Los Angeles as they live close to one another.
Tom gushed: ‘It’s always nice to bump into her, see her at the beach, or over dinner, or whatever.
‘She’s an incredibly smart and lovely young lady, so it’s always nice to bump into each other and slightly reminisce about old times but also about looking forward to the future.’
Candid: While Tom admitted he hadn’t seen Emma’s Vogue interview, he said: ‘I like it! It’s the first I’ve heard of it, but it’s great. I’m in the same category… quite happily self-partnered’
Admiration: Praising Emma’s status, Tom said: ‘I think in this day and age it’s not a necessity to be with someone just for the sake of being with someone, so I like the idea of self-partnering’
Revealing he had heard from Daniel Radcliffe on Wednesday as he’s working with a fellow acquaintance, the Draco Malfoy star joked that he lives in ‘a bit of a Hogwarts alumni block’ as he also meets up with Bonnie Wright and Matt Lewis on occasion.
‘It’s always a treat to see any of them, and the moment we get back into a room together it’s like no time has passed at all,’ he admitted happily.
Looking back on Harry Potter, Tom told MailOnline he would happily return to his character if asked: ‘Go back to Hogwarts one more time?
‘Yeah, I’m endlessly proud and affectionate of young Draco, so any chance to reprise that role would be great.’
Sweet: The pair often meet up as they live close to one another, and Tom gushed: ’She’s an incredibly smart and lovely young lady, so it’s always nice to bump into each other’
He then joked: ‘I think we should come back and do the opposite, Rupert [Grint] should play Draco, I’ll play Hermione, Dan can play Dobby, and Emma can be Hagrid, it’s the perfect re-casting! It’ll be an interesting spin [on it].
‘But, seriously, if there was another chance to be in another movie then I’m sure all of us would jump at the chance to be part of it.’
When asked about how the cast are reaching the age their characters age in the final book’s epilogue, he said: ‘Wait now, hang on, it was 19 years later so I would have been nearly 40.
‘Well, actually, I would have been 36, so I’m only four years off that, crikey. They aged me up like a grandpa!’
Tom also admitted he ‘definitely’ thinks the Harry Potter franchise will be rebooted in the future, though it wouldn’t be ‘for a while.’
It’ll happen: Looking back on Harry Potter, Tom told MailOnline he would happily return to his character if asked, while he admitted he ‘definitely’ thinks the franchise will be rebooted
Exciting: If he were to go back he’d want to take Jason Isaacs’ role as Draco’s father Lucius, and said: ‘Give it another 15 years and I’ll come back and play Lucius. I would do it in a heartbeat’
‘I don’t think Jo [Rowling] would want her films, her books rather and her films, to be remade anytime soon, but I’m sure in 20 years when they’ve got 4D, scratch-and-sniff cinemas, or whatever, then they’ll want to do it all over again.
‘My hope is that when they do it I’ll be old enough to play Lucius! Give it another 15 years and I’ll come back and play Lucius. I would do it in a heartbeat.’
While a return to Harry Potter may have to wait, Tom can currently be seen in the period drama Ophelia, which stars Daisy Ridley in the title role and sees the classic tale of Hamlet told through her eyes.
The actor takes on the role of Laertes, Ophelia’s brother, a character that he had ‘so much fun’ playing, while he described the Star Wars: The Last Jedi star as a ‘furiously talented’ actress who ‘can turn it on and off on a dime’ on set.
Ophelia is in cinemas November 22 and on demand November 27.
One to watch: While a return to Harry Potter may have to wait, Tom can currently be seen in the period drama Ophelia, which stars Daisy Ridley in the title role
Out soon: Ophelia is in cinemas 22 November and on demand 27 November
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