updated 07/03/2007 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/03/2007 AT 4:45 PM ET
How does Daniel Radcliffe rate as a kisser?
“He’s a good kisser, and he didn’t pay me to say that,” said a joking Katie Leung, who shares an onscreen kiss with Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Leung, who plays love interest Cho Chang, was speaking at the film’s rain-drenched London premiere Tuesday. She laughed when asked how many takes the kiss – Harry Potter’s first – took. “Everyone asks me that, but I didn’t actually count,” she says.
“It was a very relaxed atmosphere,” she said of filming the scene. “I watched it last week and was quite pleased with it. [Radcliffe] is a gentleman.”
Radcliffe, though, admitted the lipsmack made him a little nervous. “When we started it, we were both a bit nervous,” he told the Associated Press earlier, at the Tokyo screening. “But after the first few takes, it was sort of like any other scene, which is never really what people want to hear. It doesn’t really feel any different, because you are still acting.”
As for Leung, the 19-year-old Scottish actress says in real life she’s on the dating scene: “I’m single and looking and failing miserably. I’m keeping my options open.” (For the record, Radcliffe, 17, who’s given romantic advice to his costars, also told reporters Tuesday he’s not dating anyone “at the moment. I just like girls in general to be perfectly honest with you.”)
Asked who might be her first choice? “I like Joaquin Phoenix,” Leung said. “He’s an amazing actor and he’s so buff.”