Rupert Grint has described his relationship with JK Rowling as “tricky” following backlash over his controversial views on transgender people.
The actor, who rose to prominence playing Ron Weasley in the film adaptations of Rowling’s Harry Potter books, spoke out against the Scottish author in 2020 after he sparked controversy with his views on the transgender community.
Reflecting on their relationship in The Sunday Times’ What I Learned column, Grint admitted it was “difficult”.
“I compare JK Rowling to an aunt,” he said. “I don’t necessarily agree with everything my aunt says, but it’s still my aunt. It’s tricky.”
The 33-year-old released a statement to the publication in 2020 declaring his support for the transgender community amid Rowling’s backlash.
“I strongly support the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers,” he said. “Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all have the right to live with love and without judgement.”
Many of his Harry Potter co-stars, including Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, have issued similar statements, and in an interview with Esquire last year, the actor defended his decision to speak out.
“I’m extremely grateful (for) everything she’s done. I think she’s extremely talented, and I mean, clearly, her works are awesome,” he explained. “But yeah, I also think you can have huge respect for someone and still disagree with things like that.”
Grint recently reunited with Radcliffe and Watson for the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts TV special.
Elsewhere in Rowling’s news, Scottish police officials announced they would take no action against transgender activists who posted a picture of the writer’s Edinburgh home on Twitter in November.
“Inquiries have been carried out and no criminality has been established,” the spokeswoman told BBC News on Monday.