‘Harry Potter’ Rupert Grint Gets His Own Glasses

Rupert Grint covered his left eye with his hand and attempted to read the opening lines. “E, D, F, C, E, F,” he said slowly.

“Close!” said Marilyn Blumengold, sales associate at Moscowthe Lower East Side eyewear store.

It was a recent snowy afternoon. Mr. Grint, filming the fourth season of the Apple TV+ horror drama “Servant,” had driven over for the weekend from his temporary home in Philadelphia to take in the view and maybe also have his eyes checked. He had noticed a blur in the right one, he said.

But Moscot, which has been in business for more than 100 years, had no optometrist on hand on Sunday, so Mr Grint, 33, improvised his own test, standing about 20ft from a chart of eyes back. of the shop.

“Almost 20/20,” Ms Blumengold said encouragingly.

Satisfied for the moment, Mr. Grint concentrated on choosing a frame for glasses, moving about the store timidly, unassumingly, never asking for help, but also never refusing it.

“I’m a very private person, an introvert,” he said. He slouched around the store in a black Issey Miyake suit that a stylist had chosen for the outing. “Strange pajamas,” he called them. “Amazingly, I think they look good.” Her red hair fell on top of some frames.

Mr. Grint seemed overwhelmed. “There’s so much to choose from,” he said as he surveyed the rows of display cases. He said it twice. “It’s more like ‘Harry Potter’,” he added without prompting. “Like choosing a wand.”

Mr. Grint should know. He played the role of Ron Weasley in all eight “Harry Potter” films. (Ron? Willow’s wand. With a core of unicorn hair.) Mrs. Blumengold may or may not have known it – at one point she pointed him towards a pair of round dark glasses, a $300 model called the Zolmanwhich looked very Harry-esque.

“No,” said Mr. Grint politely.

By the end of the “Harry Potter” films, Mr. Grint feared he would not succeed as an adult actor. He knew how to play Ron, Harry’s brave and anxious sidekick. He didn’t know if he could play someone else. “I definitely thought, ‘Is it too late to choose something else?’ “, did he declare.

He bought a pink and white ice cream van, which he drove back to his family home just north of London on his last day of filming. He briefly thought he might try his luck.

But after taking a year off, he tried acting again. He’d been sent a lot of “Potter”-adjacent material — more sidekicks — but he held on for bolder, more serious, more grown-up work. He had a role in a play by Jez Butterworth, enjoying the discipline of acting, and starred in the comedy-drama Crackle. “To tear out.”

Her most prominent role after “Potter” was in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Servant,” a chilling drama on Apple TV+ about a Philadelphia couple who hire a nanny to care for a baby who is actually a therapeutic doll. (The real baby had died in an accident.) Mr. Grint plays Julian, the baby’s haughty uncle. “It’s a pretty tough subject, especially if you have a baby,” he said.

Halfway through the series, in the spring of 2020, his companion, the actress Georgia Groome, gave birth to their daughter, Wednesday G. Grint. “Having a mid-term child definitely made me realize what a waste it would be,” he said.

Wednesday had made him a bit of a hypochondriac, he added. (Working on a show in which terrible things happen to bodies in nearly every episode — self-harm, self-flagellation, being buried alive — probably didn’t help.)

“That’s why I wanted to take an eye test,” he said. “I’m slowly becoming aware that there are a lot of moving parts in the body.”

This season’s finale will air on March 25, but Mr. Grint has already begun filming the show’s fourth and final season. And, no, he has no idea what the turn will be. “It’s quite exciting to work this way.” (It has to be. He’s signed on for Mr. Shyamalan’s next movie, “Knocking at the cabin”.)

Mrs Blumengold launched it with a classic Moscot modelthe Lemtosh, an oval brown acetate frame with a slight fifties touch. Many frames have Yiddish names, although “Lemtosh” sounds like it. Mr. Grint looked confused as he looked at himself in the mirror. “It changes your appearance,” he said. “It changes your personality.” In what, he wasn’t sure. But he felt that he could already see a little better.

“Very well,” Ms. Blumengold said. “Beautiful.”

Then he tried a dozen more acetate frames, alternating between rounder models, including the Genug (Yiddish for “enough”) and Frankieand rectangular like Kitzel (“tickle”) and fiesta, a unisex retro model. Most cost around $300.

“I find it difficult to make decisions,” he said. “It’s quite a responsibility to choose.”

After 40 minutes it settled down the Yukel (“jester”) a clubmaster style with a thick tortoiseshell frontline and thinner gunmetal bottom.

Ms Blumengold created a customer profile and added it to her file, in case he ended up needing glasses. He could always call the results of his eye exam and have the glasses made.

But Mr. Grint didn’t want to leave empty-handed, so he set his sights on sunglasses. After flirting with the Boychik (an affectionate term for a little boy), he turned to the Lemtosh, this one with a brown acetate frame and dark brown lenses. After all, Mr. Grint is now a man.

As he waited for Mrs Blumengold to pack the glasses, he stepped out for a quick vape. When he returned, she handed him a chamois to clean them. “It’s your last Yiddish word for the day,” she said. “”Shmatte”, a rag.”

Sarah C. Figueiredo