‘Harry Potter’ Hottie Freddie Stroma Talks Life After Hogwarts

Gabrielle Chung / August 25, 2011

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Although the Harry Potter series have come to a close, it doesn’t stop Freddie Stroma (who played heartthrob Cormac McLaggen in the series) from making girls swoon. He currently stars as Luke, the Prince Charming figure, in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song. Co-star Megan Park even gushed to Celebuzz, “He’s incredibly sweet. It wasn’t hard pretending to be attracted to him!”

Seeing so, we decided to sit down with the hunky Brit to chat about his English charm and life beyond of the wizarding world.

Walk us through your last day of shooting for Harry Potter.

Mine wasn’t too bad. I think for those guys–Dan, Emma, and Rupert–they started when they were nine or ten so it had formed their entire life. I wasn’t there when they had their final wrap day so I didn’t get to see that—probably for the best though because I’d be very emotional! It was okay but it was sad. I’ve spent definitely a long time with that lot and they’re such beautiful people.

 How do you feel now that it’s over?

It was definitely very sad leaving but at the same time it was nice to see now how the actors go on and do different things. It’s nice to see people moving on as well and being allowed to show off their other talents as well. I was sad when I watched the final one. I was like, “Oh, so this is over. It’s an end of an era.” I can’t think of any other scenario where you have such a big franchise. I mean, you’ve got eight films that have been going for over a decade. It’s just so strange to see it end, I guess.

Do you still keep in touch with anyone from the films?

A little bit. I’ve been in America for a while so it’s been a little bit tough. I just did a movie with Bonnie Wright and we sort of hung out, which was very cool. I guess when I’m in England I’ll give the others a ring.

Not a lot of people know this but you actually hold a degree in neuroscience.

I managed to get an agent just as I was starting university so I was juggling doing neuroscience and running off and filming. Personally, it’s the best degree to study because the human brain is just fascinating.

You’re currently in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song. Tell us a little bit about the project and what drew you to it.

It’s modern telling of Cinderella. I guess it’s a comedy, which is definitely something that draws me to a project. Also, I was able to sing in it as well which was kind of fun. It was my first time going into the studio, recording a song, and having my own song—which is very cool.

Were you always a musician?

I do play guitar and sing. I did concerts at school and it helped in the film. I’ve always sung and played but never professionally. It was nice to able to do that here.

What was the cast dynamic like?

We were just goofing around all the time and making jokes that are slightly inappropriate! I guess we’ve had a few interviews where Lucy [Hale] and I may have played a game where in the interview we would try to get a different word in. So, in the interview we would try to say “sunglasses” or “hat” and whoever got to say it first was the winner–that’s what we did and it was really funny.

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song will be out on DVD September 6. Meanwhile, check out Freddie showing off his singing chops in this clip from the film!