Radcliffe Comes Clean on 'Harry Potter'

10/25/2002 at 11:00 AM EDT

Daniel Radcliffe's relationship to his J.K. Rowling-created character, Harry Potter, may be a little too close for comfort, PEOPLE reports.

"I think I'm going to have to have therapy one day," Radcliffe, 13, said at a press conference in New York this week. (The second installment in the "Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," opens Nov. 15.)

"When I read the books I find out more about myself that Harry has in his personality, too: curiosity, loyalty and getting in trouble. We don't break the rules; we just kind of bend them," the young British actor said.

"The best thing without a doubt is playing a character who's inspired children and adults all over the world," he mused. "And at the (Los Angeles) premiere (of last year's 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone') I met Ben Stiller, and then at the New York premiere I met Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon," he added. "That was the best thing for me so far."

Radcliffe has also found his celebrity has turned him into a teen heartthrob. "Personally, I can't see it. But if other people can, great," he said.

As for the future? "We're all definitely doing the third one. After that who knows? Each film takes about a year to make so we've got quite a long way before we come to that decision."

Shooting on the third installment, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," begins in March.

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