updated 08/06/2014 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/06/2014 AT 8:30 AM ET
The star of arguably the largest fantasy franchise of the new millennium was on Late Night Tuesday, where he told Seth Meyers that it was refreshing to just play, well, a normal dude in his new movie, What If.
“I think doing a film where at no point do I have to save a dying child or have a breakdown or get covered in blood was really nice!” Radcliffe said.
What If stars Radcliffe as an unlucky-in-love man named Wallace who meets the girl of his dreams … who, alas, has a long-time boyfriend.
But Radcliffe’s not going “full normal” quite yet: The other project he has coming down the pike is called Horns, in which he stars as a man who sprouts a pair of horns (!) and pals around with snakes (yet again).
Radcliffe also spoke to PEOPLE Monday night at a screening of What If and divulged a big romantic gesture hiding in his past: “I actually have done what my character does in this film and fly to Ireland to surprise somebody, but that’s less impressive, because I live in England, so that’s like an hour away.”