The creepy thriller “Servant” stars the former child actor, who shops at Moscot.
Rupert Grint tried to read the top few lines while covering his left eye with his palm. He slowly murmured, “E, D, F, C, E, F.”
“Close!” exclaimed Marilyn Blumengold, a sales employee at Moscot, a Lower East Side optical store.
On a recent snowy afternoon, this happened. Mr. Grint, who is now filming the fourth season of the Apple TV+ horror drama “Servant,” had traveled up from his temporary home in Philadelphia for the weekend to take in the sights and possibly get his eyes checked. He stated that he had seen a fuzz in the right one.
Because Moscot, which has been in business for more than 100 years, doesn’t have an optometrist on-site on Sundays, Mr. Grint, 33, devised his test while standing about 20 feet away from an eye chart in the back of the store. Ms. Blumengold expressed her optimism by saying, “Almost 20/20.”
Mr. Grint was satisfied for the time being, so he went about choosing an eyeglass frame, strolling through the store discreetly and unassumingly, never asking for help but never denying it.
He explained, “I’m a pretty private person, an introvert.” He slumped through the store, dressed in a black Issey Miyake suit selected by a stylist for the occasion. He dubbed them “weird jammies.” “I believe they look decent, which is surprising.” His red hair was strewn across the tops of some of the frames.
Mr. Grint appeared befuddled. As he examined the rows of display cases, he commented, “There’s just so much choice.” He spoke the same thing over and over again. “It’s really ‘Harry Potter,'” he answered without hesitation when asked. “It’s the same with choosing a wand.” Mr. Grint should be aware of this situation. In all eight “Harry Potter” films, he played Ron Weasley. (Does that appear to be Ron’s wand?) Willow. With unicorn hair in the center.) Ms. Blumengold may be known or not at one point, she directed him to a pair of $300 Zolman round black glasses that looked suspiciously like Harry’s. “No,” Mr. Grint answered softly.
Mr. Grint was scared that he wouldn’t make it as an adult actor after the “Harry Potter” films ended. He was an expert at portraying Ron, Harry’s brave and worried sidekick. He was not sure if he could play anyone else. “I did wonder, ‘Is it too late to change my mind?'” he admitted.
On his final day of filming, he purchased a pink-and-white ice cream van, which he drove back to his family’s home north of London. He had a fleeting feeling that he might be able to make it work.
He returned to acting after taking a year off. He’d gotten a lot of “Potter”-related ideas — more sidekicks —but he wanted something edgier, more serious, and more grownup. He took part in the play Jez Butterworth and starred in the Crackle crime drama “Snatch,” liking the discipline of theatre.
“Servant,” a dark drama for Apple TV+ about a Philadelphia couple who employ a nanny to care for a baby who is a therapeutic doll, is M. Night Shyamalan’s most recent effort after “Potter.” (The first child died in a vehicle accident.) Julian, the baby’s annoying uncle, is played by Mr. Grint. “It’s a difficult subject, especially if you have a child,” he admitted. Halfway through the series, his partner, actress Georgia Groome, gave birth to their daughter, Wednesday G. Grint, in the spring of 2020. “Having a child in the middle made me realize what a loss that would be,” he explained. He stated that Wednesday had turned him into a hypochondriac. (Working on a program where bad things happen to people’s bodies almost every episode — self-harm, self-flagellation, being buried alive — isn’t helping.)
“That’s why I wanted to get my eyes checked,” he explained. “I progressively realize that the human body has a lot of moving components.”
Mr. Grint has already started filming the fourth and last season of the show, premiere on March 25. No, he doesn’t know what the twist will be. (Of course, it is.) “Knock at the Cabin,” Mr. Shyamalan’s next film has him on board.) “Working like manner is a lot of fun.”
Ms. Blumengold began with the Lemtosh, a classic Moscot oval frame in brown acetate with a subtle 1950s flair. Many of the structures have Yiddish names, though “Lemtosh” only sounds Yiddish. As he gazed at himself in the mirror, Mr. Grint appeared perplexed. He explained, “It transforms your appearance.” “It affects your personality.” He is sure what he was getting himself. However, he believed he could already see a little better.
Ms. Blumengold replied, “Very wonderful.” “You’re beautiful.”
Then he tried on another dozen acetate frames, alternating between rounder models like the Genug (Yiddish for “plenty”) and Frankie and rectangular models like Kitzel (“tickle”) and Shindig, a classic unisex style. The majority of them cost around $300.
“I have trouble making decisions,” he admitted. “Choosing is a big responsibility.”
He chose the Yukel (“buffoon”) after 40 minutes, a club-master style with a broad tortoiseshell browline and a thinner gunmetal bottom.
Ms. Blumengold made a customer profile for him and saved it in his file if he ever needed glasses. He could always call in and have the spectacles manufactured based on his eye exam results.
Mr. Grint, on the other hand, didn’t want to leave empty-handed, so he focused on the sunglasses. He returned to the Lemtosh, this time in brown acetate frames with dark brown lenses, after flirting with the Boychik (a term of endearment for a small child). Mr. Grint is now a man, after all.
He went outdoors for a bit of cigarette while waiting for Ms. Blumengold to pack the glasses. She handed him a chamois towel to clean them with when he returned. She said, “This is your last Yiddish word for the day.” “‘Shmatte,’ a rag,” says the narrator.