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Tom Felton Says Emma Watson Encouraged Him To Talk About Escape From Rehab

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  • Tom Felton talked about escaping from a rehabilitation facility in Malibu in his new memoir, “Beyond the Wand.”
  • The “HP” star said she was sent there after an intervention and didn’t want to be there.
  • Felton told USA Today that Emma Watson encouraged her to write openly about her difficulties in her book.

Tom Felton said that “Harry Potter” lead actor and longtime friend Emma Watson motivated him to be frank about his shocking escape from rehab in his new memoir, “Beyond the Wand: Magic and a Growing Sorcerer’s Mayhem.”

“Emma was such a huge incentive to be like, ‘This is going to resonate with people,'” Felton said in a recent interview with USA Today in support of her book, adding that it wouldn’t really be right to just talk about all the fluffy stuff. “

“After the encouragement, I gave myself a little more confidence and said, ‘You know what? It happened and it’s part of my life.’

Draco Malfoy actor met Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, thanks to the “Harry Potter” series.

Although the last movie was released more than a decade ago, the two are still close and Watson wrote the foreword in Felton’s memory. Felton told USA Today that Watson was one of the “first people” he spoke to about his memories.

“I was a little reluctant to talk about my family, about my personal life, not only about the great moments, but also about some bad moments,” she said. “There’s going to be a frank fear of sharing that with the world. It made a huge impact when he said, ‘No, put it all there. Trust yourself. People will really connect with it.'”

Felton spoke candidly about his alcohol use, his experiences in rehab, and his mental health in his memoir, published Tuesday.

“Life was good,” the actor said when he moved to Los Angeles after “HP” with his dog Timber and then-girlfriend Jade Olivia.

But as my work gradually increased, the unbearable loneliness of LA lessened, and the joys of being human in that city began to manifest itself in the public eye.”

Felton said that people started treating him like a celebrity, living in an unrealistic way, and missing his old life in England.

“When I was placed in an environment where people were desperate to do things for me, I began to lose my ability to do things and think things through for myself,” she said.

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”.

Warner Bros.

The “Flash” graduate said his challenges in Los Angeles were multi-layered and perhaps “other issues.” He explained that his brother Ashley was hospitalized when he was a teenager, and that the same thing happened when his brother Jonathan (alias Jink) was an adult, adding that there was a “tendency” to mental health problems in his family.

“There’s no doubt that LA has made me feel strangely lonely and detached: emotions can certainly trigger anyone’s mental health issues.”

Felton didn’t specify his mental health struggles, but said he found an escape in West Hollywood at a bar he frequented in his mid to late 20s called Barney’s Beanery.

Felton said he wasn’t “too much of a drinker” before, but said that “when you spend too much time craving normalcy at dive bars, it inevitably leads to drinking too much.”

“I wasn’t particularly interested in regularly having a few beers before the sun went down and a glass of whiskey to go with each one,” he said.

Felton said his alcohol addiction caused him to drink on set or appear “unprepared” for work.

“Still, alcohol wasn’t a problem,” he said. “That was the symptom. The problem was deeper, and it was pulling me to Barney’s almost every night.”

Felton’s radical change in lifestyle led to a ‘painful and humiliating’ intervention with Olivia, her 2 managers, 2 managers, her lawyer and a professional intervener.

His team read aloud the letters sent to him about how worried they were. The “hardest hit” words came from his lawyer, who said 11 of the 17 interceptions he’s made during his career are now dead and he doesn’t want Felton to be the next.

Felton said he felt the intervention was “a massive overreaction to a problem that didn’t exist,” and was shocked when he was immediately taken to a rehabilitation center in Malibu.

Tom Felton at a panel for “Origin” in July 2018.

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About 24 hours later, Felton decided to escape rehab because he didn’t want to be there.

He said he walked for hours on the Malibu beach without any belongings, jumping over fences until he reached an empty beach.

Felton said he was “covered in mud, blood, and sweat” at that point. She dived into the water and released her suppressed frustrations and yelled until she couldn’t anymore, before “breaking into tears”.

“I was muddy, wet, disheveled, and broken,” he recalled in his book. “My clothes were torn and dirty. I must have looked like a total maniac. That’s exactly how I felt.”

Felton trusted the three men who saved him that night: an employee at a gas station who gave him water and $20; an Uber driver taking him to Barney’s; and the bouncer named Nick who let him crash at his house at the bar.

Sobering led Felton to face hard realities

Because he was no longer in love with Olivia, he broke up with her and voluntarily went to another rehabilitation facility in a smaller, rural area. Felton enjoyed being there, but was fired for breaking too many rules and preventing others from getting better.

He felt “directed” until he ran into an actor friend named Greg Cipes.

“He reprogrammed who I really was back then,” Feel said, adding that Cipes showed him “unconditional kindness, generosity and understanding”.

At age 31, after living with Cipes for a few months, Felton got his own Venice Beach cottage and reset. This included buying new clothes, rescuing a dog named Willow, and doing acting jobs that she was genuinely interested in.

Tom Felton at Warner Bros. in the UK in June 2022. On the Studio Tour.

Warner Bros. for Mike Marsland/Getty Images. Studio Tour London

A few years later, with no warning or specific trigger, suddenly “the drowsiness returned,” Felton said. He admitted to himself that he needed help and decided to do something about it.

“I was used to accepting rather than refusing to acknowledge my genetic predisposition to these mood swings,” she wrote. “I dropped all command and found a place where I could seek help with a little help from my friends. I can honestly say that this was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

Felton said he learned that “helping others is a powerful weapon in the fight against mood disorders” at the first rehabilitation facility he attended. Therefore, he hoped that he could help others by writing about his own experiences in his book.