Harry Potter star explains why he's "a bit frustrated" by his role

Amy West
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Photo credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages

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Matthew Lewis says he finds it "a bit frustrating" when people still refer to him as 'Neville Longbottom,' Harry Potter's awkward, clumsy, but ultimately very helpful, pal.

While promoting his latest project All Creatures Great and Small, the actor – who appeared in all eight instalments of the popular fantasy franchise – said it's disheartening when people seem to discount all the work he's done in between final film Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (which came out) in 2011, and now.

"Sometimes when people sort of say, 'Oh, he's' -- for example I'm doing this show at the minute; it's on PBS, and like a lot of the headlines are, 'He's no longer Neville Longbottom anymore.'

Photo credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages
Photo credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages

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"It's like, 'I haven't been that for 10 years,'" Lewis told host Michael Rosenbaum on an episode of his Inside of You podcast.

"I have done things that have been so wildly different," the 31 year old continued. "Like, I've been in dramas that have won BAFTAs and done all of this kind of stuff.

"I'm not bragging; it's just like I've done all this stuff and like 10 years later it's still like people are making the claim I've sort of jumped from Harry Potter into this and have completely ignored the journey it's taken to get there."

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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Lewis, who has also featured in titles like Ripper Street, Happy Valley and Me Before You, went on to admit that people referring to him as "the guy from Harry Potter" has caused him to second-guess his career on occasion, as it can feel like nothing else he does stands up against the Daniel Radcliffe-led saga.

"That can be frustrating – not that I'm frustrated with anything to do with Harry Potter. It's like you have that voice in your head that goes, 'Hey, you know all that work you did for the past 10 years, No one f**cking saw it. No one cares.' They still think this is the first job you've done since Harry Potter."

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