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Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Emma Watson’s one of the most prominent young actresses of the day, she’s a role model, a teen style icons, and a really down-to-earth individual with great personality and inner strength that makes us admire her. She’s only 20 but it’s being a while since she is into the limelight. Emma Watson’s the best possible Hermione Granger the world could ever expect to see, but she is determined to show everyone she’s no one-show actress, and she’s got so much to be respected for.

Before she became famous

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in France on April 15, 1990 to lawyer parents. She moved to England, Oxfordshire, when she was 5 after her parents divorced. She still lives there with her mother and younger brother Alex. Now Emma is the oldest of 7 siblings as her parents got remarried after the divorce. She says her family is the “secure network” and she sticks to it and to her friends to keep her feet on the ground. “I rely on them hugely and always speak to them first about everything,” she says about her parents.

By the age of nine, when she was cast to star in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Emma had already taken part in a number of school plays, Arthur: The Young Years, The Happy Prince, The Swallow and The Prince, and Alice in Wonderland among them, and even won 1st prize in a school poetry recital “Daisy Pratt Poetry Competition”, when she was only seven.

As a child Emma was really into dancing, singing, playing field hockey, which is still one of her favorite kinds of sport. She’s still very competitive in sports enjoying netball, tennis, and skiing, and naming painting and cooking among her fave hobbies. She also says she loves water sports and has the special Open Water PADI certificate allowing her to SCUBA dive anywhere in the world. Emma also says she loves hanging out with her friends when she has some spare time, she generally likes to be treated like a normal teenager. “We hang out in Starbucks, we go and choose CD’s, talk, go to each others houses, normal girly stuff,” as she once explained.

Emma went to The Dragon School, a famous preparatory school in Oxford from 1995 to 2001 and then went on to attend Headington School, a private all-girls school, between September 2001 and July 2006. When finishing school she achieved eight A* (the highest grade you can get) and two A passes in her GCSEs (exams after the last compulsory year of secondary school). In May 2007 she took A levels in English, Geography, Art and History of Art but later dropped History of Art to pursue the three A levels.

Getting famous

Emma once dressed up as a witch for Halloween, but she had no idea that soon she would be playing one in the movie.

Emma had never professionally acted in movies before Harry Potter. She was cast to star in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when she was 9. The casting for the film adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone started in 1999. Casting agents travelled to many different schools in England looking for talented children to audition for the parts of Harry, Ron and Hermione. They found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, and the producers were impressed by her confidence. “It was the first audition I went on,” Emma Watson said in her interview for Parade magazine in 2007. “I had no idea of the scale of the film — the fame — or I would have been completely overwhelmed.” Emma recalled that she auditioned for the part as Hermione because her friends did and she thought it would “be a laugh.”

“There was no open audition—they went all over England to find these characters, and not just drama schools. They came to my school and asked if they could put forward a group of 20 children between the ages of 9 and 12. They took my photograph in the school gym, and then I got a call three weeks later,” Emma said in her interview for Interview May 2009 issue.

It took the producers eight auditions to tell Emma and her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) that they had been cast as the protagonists for the film. Rowling was said to support Watson from her first screen test and after a chat on the phone with the girl, allegedly said that Emma was absolutely perfect for the role as the book’s main female character.

“You wouldn’t believe how much I was compelled to play Hermione. I knew I was right to play her, even when my parents were trying to convince me not to. I made it my life for three or four months, just getting through those audition,” Emma told The Times in June 2009.

International success

“I could be 100 years old and in my rocker, but I’ll still be very proud that I was part of the Harry Potter films,” Emma said about her so far most successful role.

Emma’s big screen debut in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in its UK version) was in 2001 and the film was a box-office smash making $90m during the opening weekend, thus breaking records for opening-day sales and opening weekend takings, and was the highest-grossing film of 2001. So far the movie has made over $976m worldwide. Emma’s debut as Hermione was particularly acclaimed. The Daily Telegraph called her performance “admirable”, and IGN.com said she “stole the show”.

“When I was little, I didn’t understand that other kids thought I actually was Hermione, really geeky. It was devastating. I thought no one would ever fancy me. And the costumes…” Emma said in one of ther interviews later.

Later Emma Watson revealed she considers Hermione Granger to be an enduring role model. “There are too many stupid girls in the media. Hermione’s not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that’s bad,” Watson said adding though that Hermione uses all these “big long tongue twister words, I don’t know what she’s going on about half the time!”

Watson says there is quite a lot of herself in the confident and bookish Hermione. “I’m a bit of a feminist. I’m very competitive and challenging,” she said in an interview in 2007.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
was the first of the five Harry Potter films Emma Watson has taken part in so far. In 2002 Emma again reprised her role as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The movie received mixed reviews though earning $870m worldwide. Watson’s performance was praised this time again. The movie’s director Chris Columbus was criticized by The Times for “under-employing” Watson’s character.

Emma returned to the screen in 2004 bringing along Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third part of the Harry Potter sequel, which is Emma’s favorite book among all the Harry Potter books. This time, Watson’s role was more assertive with Emma describing her Hermione as “charismatic” and “a fantastic role to play”. Her performance, again, was highly praised. The New York Times wrote: “Luckily Mr. Radcliffe’s blandness is offset by Ms. Watson’s spiky impatience. Harry may show off his expanding wizardly skills … but Hermione … earns the loudest applause with a decidedly unmagical punch to Draco Malfoy’s deserving nose.” Nonetheless, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was the lowest grossing movie among the Harry Potter movies, making just a little bit more than $795m worldwide with only $249m domestically.

This same year 13-year-old Emma Watson was named tenth in “The Hottest Female Stars” and served on a jury to select the 2004 teenaged film-makers’ First Light Film Awards alongside such jurors like Pierce Brosnan, Kenneth Branagh, and Samantha Morton.

The next movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, coming in 2005, set records for a Harry Potter opening weekend, a non-May opening weekend in the US, and an opening weekend in the UK. It was hard not to notice how Emma and her co-stars as well as their characters had grown. “I loved all the arguing … I think it’s much more realistic that they would argue and that there would be problems,” Emma said about the characters. “She’s rock and roll. She’s feisty. Girl power!” she said about Hermione Granger.

Watson said she had finally come to appreciate the emphasis on Hermione’s brains rather than her appearance. “When I was 9 or 10, I would get really upset when they tried to make me look geeky, but now I absolutely love it. I find it’s so much pressure to be beautiful. Hermione doesn’t care what she looks like. She’s a complete tomboy,” though adding that “it took me three films to get Hermione in jeans. To get out of the robes with the tights and the itchy jumpers.”

As for making the film, Emma confessed that the hardest scene to make was the one about toad Trevor. She said: “Neville comes up to me with his toad, Trevor, and says, ‘Do you want to kiss Trevor goodnight?’ Every time he did this I burst into laughter. I was supposed to give him an “I hate you” look, but I couldn’t help myself. It took me about eight takes to get it.” Eight takes must be a lot for Emma as she’s often referred to as One Take Watson because she usually gets her scenes done in 1 take.

Emma said that her costars, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, have become her really close friends. “[They’re] more than just friends, they’ve become like brothers. Or sisters, I don’t know. In fact, I don’t see them like normal boys. I mean that I cannot imagine me going out with one of them. For me, they are like my best friends. I can laugh and talk about everything with them without any taboo. I really like them a lot.” “I like being around mixed company. Dan (Daniel Radcliffe) and Rupert (Rupert Grint) definitely make their fair share of cheeky comments about me being girlie, but it’s all in good fun.”

In 2005 Emma, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were named number 9 on Entertainment Weekly‘s Best Entertainers of the Year.

Emma Watson’s performance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was called “touchingly earnest,” bringing her several award nominations. “Most people are really nice but some stare, like you’re some kind of zoo exhibit and not a real person with real feelings. Even when you take away all the glamour and attention and premieres and everything, it still comes down to the fact that I’m acting,” Emma said on being a public person. “I hope my head doesn’t get very big. I’m just going to keep my feet on the ground, stick to friends and family and try and lead a normal life,” she added on fame.

The same year at the age of 15, Emma Watson became the youngest person to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue magazine. This was her first cover shoot and she had “the biggest butterflies” doing it, though she thought “the clothes were to die for.”

In 2006 Emma reprised her role as Hermione for a very special occasion. It was a special mini-episode of Harry Potter in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday, as a part of The Queen’s Handbag.

The fifth film in the Harry Potter sequel, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hit movie theatres in 2007, setting another record with opening-weekend gross of $333m. On July 9, 2007 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint left imprints of their hands, feet, and wands in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

In her interview for IGN.com Emma said Hermione played a very powerful role in this movie. “She’s the one who makes everything happen. It’s very similar to the role she had in the third one where she’s just like ‘Right, we’re going to do this and you guys are coming with me.’ She’s dragging them off everywhere so it’s really cool. It’s a powerful female role… I’d like to think that she’s a role model – definitely. I think she rocks. I don’t think there’s anyone on screen who can compete with her really, female action-hero-wise.”

When asked if she felt any differences making the fifth movie with the same people, Emma said she didn’t feel bored or annoyed to be surrounded by the same people for many years. “We had quite a long break after the fourth one, so it’s nice to come back and see everyone again. [The break between the films] made me want to get back to it, made me eager again.”

When asked about her thoughts of Hermione’s future, Emma said she’d like to think Hermione and Ron will end up together. “It’s been like five films where they’ve gone at it. I hope that she uses her intelligence, her determination, grit and strength, everything that’s great about her and does something really amazing with that.”

In 2007 Emma was named number 26 on Empire Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. She was the third top on Yahoo! Movies Yahoo! List of 10 Most Popular Stars of 2007. The same year she was ranked number 15 on Forbes List of The 20 Top-Earning Young Superstars and number 97 on Forbes List of The Celebrity 100, earning $4m for starring in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Generally, Watson’s work in the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and some $20 million.

Later that year there surfaced reports about Emma Watson leaving the Harry Potter project to focus on her studies. Although Radcliffe and Grint have confirmed their commitment to acting, Watson has expressed uncertainty about her future. Speaking to Newsweek in 2006, she said: “Daniel and Rupert seem so sure … I love to perform, but there are so many other things I love doing.”

But soon it was revealed that Emma is still working on the last Harry Potter movies, signing a new contract with Warner Bro in March 2007. She will return for the final two instalments: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince , due to be released on July 17, 2009, and the two parts of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. Filming for Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince began in late 2007.

“People underestimate what a big decision this was for me,” Watson said in her interview for Parade magazine in 2007. “This is the next three or four years of my life. Being in the spotlight and the lack of freedom are the sort of things that held me back. People will see that as ungrateful, but you never know until you’ve walked in someone else’s shoes. I love it, and that’s why I’m back, but I had to make it work for me. In the end, the pluses outweighed the minuses.”

“I wanted everything to be so perfect. I would work so hard to memorize my lines and the scene; we would have to stop shooting because I was mouthing Rupert’s and Dan’s lines at the same time. That’s something I had to get over,” she said.

“I have too many friends on the set, and I love Hermione too much,” Watson continued. “I couldn’t see anyone else playing her. It would have killed me. There’s so much of me in her,” adding that her co-stars had provided a unique support system for her. “You can’t really explain to someone what this experience is like. I’m glad that we have each other. When I was younger, they used to tease me. And now they’re quite protective.”

“The best thing about being involved in Harry Potter, is that you can make a six year old girl or boy’s day by giving them a handshake and it’s so easy. It costs me so little to make someone incredibly happy so that’s amazing and I’ve walked away and thought, ‘God I’m so lucky to be in a position that people are that excited to meet me.’ The downside is that the level of curiosity into your life means that it becomes quite intrusive and the level of criticism is hard to deal with sometimes. It can make you really insecure,” Emma said in January 2009.

As for the hardest scene in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Emma said it was the one with Ron kissing Lavender. “I had to cry for the first time when Hermione watches Ron kiss Lavender. It was difficult to bring up all that emotion and hurt in front of a full crew, and not just once, but over and over again from different angles,” Emma revealed in her interview for Flare magazine November 2008 issue.

“At the beginning, it looks like they’re on their way to finally being together, but of course Ron screws it up,” Emma told Teen Vogue‘s August 2009 issue about the on-screen love between Hermione and Ron. “So she’s jealous, and doesn’t quite realize it, and they have all these arguments.”

December 5 to 7, 2008 ABC Family network had a Harry Potter weekend, exclusive first looks at forthcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince offering a discussion of the film’s storylines by Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Michael Gambon, as well as a never-before-seen footages from the movie.

In 2007 Emma Watson took part in her fist non-Harry Potter project. Ballet Shoes is the made-for-television adaptation of Noel Streatfeild’s novel of the same name that was broadcast on December 26, 2007 to an audience of 5.2 million. “I was all set to go back to school after finishing Harry Potter [and the Order of the Phoenix] but couldn’t resist Ballet Shoes. I really loved it.” “I always had concerns that I was Hermione because I looked like a Hermione – but what else did I bring? So this was the test. And it worked. Ballet Shoes was a small production, but it gave me the confidence to think I could actually have a career as an actress after the Harry Potter films. That I wouldn’t just always be Hermione.”

Watson played aspiring actress Pauline Fossil, the eldest of three sisters. “Emma was perfect for Pauline. She has a piercing, delicate aura that makes you want to gaze and gaze at her,” the Ballet Shoes director said. Though the film was described as lacking “investment, or magic, or dramatic momentum”, Watson’s performance was generally praised, with The Daily Telegraph writing it “confirmed how good child actors are these days.”

“Now that I’ve played the snotty, bossy, posh Hermione Granger, I’d like to play some American high school girl. I want to play something totally different. I want to play every kind of character and every point of view,” Emma Watson said in one of the interviews.

Watson also starred in the animated film The Tale of Despereaux, premiered on December 7, 2008. She gave her voice to the character of Princess Pea in this children’s comedy, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo. “I read the script, and I just loved it. It was so charming. I fell in love with Despereaux, so I really didn’t have a choice. I had to be his princess,” she told in the interview for MTV.

“Big budgets don’t interest me. Blockbusters don’t interest me,” Emma described her film choices.

Acting is not the only thing Emma has true passion for. In June 2008, Watson signed a $5m contract to advertise with Chanel. Emma has become the spokesperson for Coco Mademoiselle, one of the label’s perfumes, replacing Keira Knightley. “I love fashion. I think it’s so important, because it’s how you show yourself to the world,” Emma once said.

Emma has also signed up to the Storm agency that also represents Kate Moss, Carla Bruni and Lily Cole. “So, in the end, I combined two loves: art and fashion and acting. I learned a lot and have found a whole new respect for the hard work models put into their work and for the couture. A love affair has begun,” she said in September 2008.

In 2008 Emma Watson was ranked number 28 on Entertainment Weekly‘s ’30 Under 30′ the actress list, she was number 94 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list and number 3 on AOL’s Moviefone’s The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25 . In 2009 she joined Glamour Magazine’s list of 30 Sexiest Stars Under 30 ranking 25th.

In spring 2009 it was revealed that Emma had been signed up to star as the new face of Burberry ad campaign. The ad photos were revealed in June that year.

Emma Watson always said she wasn’t interested in making her own fashion collection, however, in September 2009 it was reported her first clothing line created with People Tree would hit stores in February 2010 with all proceeds going to the People Tree charity organization, and all the clothing items made of recycled and 100% organic materials. In November 2010 Emma revealed she was working on a new organic clothing line with Italian fashion icon Alberta Ferretti.

In 2011 Glamour Magazine named Emma the best-dressed celebrity of the year.

In April 2010 Emma was included into The Sunday Times Rich List 2010 as one of five actor millionaires under 30 with staggering £22 million in her pocket. The next year she also joined the list, though failed to reach the top five, being ranked 13th.

In February 2011 Watson was named the new face of Lancome. “It’s so exciting, I can’t wait to start shooting,” Emma shared. “Although I don’t wear much makeup, I’m a big fan of Lancome products, especially their mascara.”

Awards

Ten years on big screen, critics’ acclaim of her performance and millions of fans round the world… and Emma Watson is only 20!

She won her first award in 2002 when she was only twelve – she won the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress for Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, the one that brought her four more nominations – the Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in Feature Film, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Saturn Award, Empire Award, and the American Moviegoer Awards in the Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination.

In 2003, Watson received the Best Female Film Star Otto Award from the German magazine Die Welt for her performance in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Although Prisoner of Azkaban remains the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film, Watson’s personal performance won her two Otto Awards and the Child Performance of the Year award from Total Film in 2004 as well as a nomination for Best Young Actress from Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire brought Emma two nominations for Best Young Actress from Broadcast Film Critics Association and MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team nomination as well as Otto Awards as Best Female Film Star and ITV National Film Award for Best Female Performance.

In 2007 Emma Watson received her first National Movie Award for Best Female Performance for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The film also brought her the Best Actress nomination from UK Sony Ericsson Empire Awards, as well as Best Movie Actress nomination from UK Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

In 2008 Emma Watson has received Constellation Award for Best Female Performance, SyFy Genre Best Actress Award and another Otto Award for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as well as Glamour Best UK TV Actress award for her performance in Ballet Shoes.

For her role in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows part I Emma Watson was nominated in the Favorite Movie Actress category at 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards, as well as Choice Movie Actress: Sci Fi/Fantasy and Choice Movie Liplock (with Daniel Radcliffe) categories at 2011 Teen Choice Awards.

Téte-a-téte

With the Harry Potter series bringing her reported $20 million fortune, Emma once said she would never have to work for money. However, she has declined to quit school to become a full-time actress saying her lawyer parents are keen their daughter goes on to higher education. “People can’t understand why I don’t want to be a full-time actress,” she said for Parade in 2007, “But school life keeps me in touch with my friends. It keeps me in touch with reality. It makes me feel normal. Let’s be honest: I have enough money never to have to work again, but I would never want that. Learning keeps me motivated.”

“It’s really strange, trying to fit into both places. At school, I’m supposed to be a kid; and filming, I’m supposed to be an adult. I’m a teenager—I’m meant to be carefree and irresponsible and rebellious—but I have a quite serious job. Sometimes it’s hard to deal with.”

Emma once revealed she was pretty positive about working as a child actress, saying her parents and colleagues helped make her experience happy. Watson is said to be close friends with her Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. And though thousands of fans round the globe really wish it weren’t so Emma said they’re nothing but friends and there has never been an attempt to turn their friendship into something more serious.

Emma says she has no interest in fame or recognition, she finds “being sexy embarrassing.” “I find this whole thing about being 18 and everyone expecting me to be this object… I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do a photo-shoot people desperately want to change me – dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that,” Emma said in her revealing interview for The Mail Online in January 2009.

“Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy,” she continued. “What’s sexy about saying, “I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt… have a look at everything I’ve got”? My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”

As to her private life, Emma Watson tries her best to keep it away from the spotlight. However, it was reported in October 2008 that Emma rekindled her romance with Jay Barrymore, 25-year-old banker. According to sources, her parents first didn’t approve of her boyfriend due to the seven-year age gap.

Before seeing Barrymore, Emma was spotted with Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell in February. And after turning 18 in April 2008, Emma was seen accompanied by 19-year-old Francis Boulle, a Franco-Mauritian philosophy student at Edinburgh University, and she was also seen in several London clubs with Italian actor Roberto Agnillera, whom she met in July 2008 during an eight-week Shakespeare course at RADA.

“Finding someone that you like, or who likes you, is always difficult at my age,” Emma once noted. “But being famous complicates things much more. I suppose that some boys feel a bit intimidated by me and stay on their guard.”

When asked about making a choice between Hollywood career and happy marriage Emma said she’d rather pick a great marriage. “I think it would be amazing if I would get to play beautiful parts and win Oscars, but that would all mean nothing if my parents and friends weren’t there with me. What is success when you don’t have anybody to love? No, I’d rather be happily married.”

And when she was asked to describe herself, she said: “I think a good phrase to describe me is ‘eager to please’. It’s something I share with Hermione. We’re both terribly earnest people.”

“I don’t consider myself to be a celebrity. I don’t fit that mould. I worry that people have expectations of me being someone I’m not. I’m just finding myself and trying to live as normally as possible and be as normal as possible. I’m not tempted by parties or drugs. I don’t actually like being drunk, particularly in public. But I do understand why people get sucked into a party lifestyle. But you have choices in life. If I want to lead as private and as normal a life as possible I just can’t go there. So I don’t,” she adds saying that her Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint share the same view with her, and none of them is court celebrity, none of us want to be part of the game.”

When asked about fashion and style, Emma revealed that she loves Chanel. “It’s kind of my lucky brand, a fail-safe. I live, really, in jeans from Topshop, blazers from Ralph Lauren or Reiss, and ballet flats. It’s very hard to describe your own style and I’m young, so I’m still experimenting. But I think it’s quite British and very much about individuality. There’s nothing interesting about looking perfect—you lose the point. You want what you’re wearing to say something about you, about who you are.”

Besides movie career Emma Watson is seriously planning to pursue her educational goals. “I would like to go to university and complete a degree and so that will mean a break from acting.” “If I stay in this country [the UK] I will read English Literature, and if I go to America I will do a Liberal Arts program. Any future projects will take second place to university.” “Jodie Foster did it, Natalie Portman did it,’ she says about the idea of staying in the movie industry and studying at the university. “I think it’s entirely possible to juggle university with filming.”

“I actually think going to university will make me a better actress. The experience of living like that, working to deadlines, living with other students. It’s all the things I want,” Emma said. “There are actresses who don’t know about things like doing their own laundry and getting a bus. I’m not going to be like that.”

Emma also noted that she would only star in films she does feel desperate to star in. “Until something comes along that I feel as strongly about as I did Hermione – like, I felt that it was life or death – I don’t want to act again,” she told US Teen Vogue August 2009 issue.

“Obviously I’m looking at universities and reading lots of scripts and meeting with producers and trying to make a good decision about what my next move should be. I might be going to America – I’m looking at schools over there – but obviously I’m waiting to hear, to find out where I’ve been accepted and if I’ve been offered a place. So nothing’s been decided yet,” the actress said at BAFTAs on February 8, 2009

Earlier Emma has said that she would very much like to go to university, but she was interested in so many things that she would find it hard to choose a subject to study. “I really can’t believe I’ll be in university in September [2009]. Still haven’t decided where to go…” Emma wrote on her blog on April 15, 2009, her birthday.

“I never thought that I would want to go to America for university. As a child, I aspired to go to Oxbridge, because that’s where my parents went. When my dad talks about his time there, he says it was the most incredible experience,” Emma told Interview‘s May issue.

However, Emma preferred to keep her university choice in secret for a while. “I just want to keep it private for as long as I can<" Watson told Teen Vogue in August 2009. “I probably sound like a paranoid nut, but I’m doing this because I want to be normal. I really want anonymity. I want to do it properly, like everyone else. As long as I don’t walk in, and see, like, Harry Potter posters everywhere, I’ll be fine.”

However, in late June there were reports Emma had chosen Columbia University. In her interview for Elle‘s August 2009 issue, Watson noted it’s probable she quits acting after Harry Potter. “I need university to give me that break. People think because I’m going to university I’m never going to act again, but it’s actually me. I want to figure out how I feel about everything first. Maybe I’ll keep acting, maybe I won’t.”

“God knows how many hours – years – I’ve spent on set, but my driver Nigel was trying to work out how many hours he’d driven in the car, and says the distance was twice around the world on the last film. And then he’s got to get himself home,” Emma told The Times in June 2009.

“I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but now it’s coming to an end, I’m trying to hold on to it. So I have a book, and everyone I’ve met has a page. I want to remember them and not just be left with the media version of what happened to me.”

Around the same time, Emma’s Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe told UK’s Guardian that she will be attending The Ivy League college Brown University. Later the actress confirmed the reports saying, “I am [off] to Brown, which is an Ivy League establishment in the U.S.A. I’ve got a place there to read literature.”

After arriving to Brown Emma posted the following on her official blog: “I’m having the most amazing time. I’m still so excited to be here; I’ve already met so many incredible people. I’m over my jet lag and now I just want classes to start!!”

In mid March 2010 it was revealed Emma had broken up with her boyfriend of 2 years financier Jay Barrymore. “Emma and Jay were in trouble for months and with Emma at Brown University in America, the transatlantic gap proved too much for their relationship to survive,” Mail On sunday quoted a source as saying.

In Vanity Fair‘s June 2010 issue Emma shared what it was like for her to be a student and adjust. She said: “I was scared before I came to Brown—that I wasn’t going to be allowed to have both [a career and a normal life]. People would think that I didn’t deserve to have both. [I was afraid they'd think], You’re famous. You’re given free handbags. Why should you deserve to be normal?”

At Brown she settled on European women’s history, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and acting. “I think actually I’m the worst person in the class,” Watson added cheerily. In 2011 Emma took a break from studying to focus on her career projects as it was difficult to juggle them and be good at both. “I just knew I was going to be beating myself up because I wasn’t going to be able to be doing the best that I knew that I could at school or in my job. If I’d been getting B’s or C’s I would’ve been really upset,” Emma Watson said adding she was planning to return to Brown University in September 2011.

In one of her interviews Emma tried to explain taking the break, adding it was fame that didn’t let her feel comfortable as a student: “I was in denial. I wanted to pretend I wasn’t as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I’m in and what happened. I’ve never even been asked for an autograph on campus. I threw a party for nearly 100 students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook. Anyway, even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn’t going to wuss out of university because someone said ‘Wingardium leviosa’ to me in a corridor, or ‘Ten points for Gryffindor.’ I’ve been dealing with the media since I was nine. If I can’t stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it’s a bit pathetic, really. I’ve had so much worse.”

In May 2010 reports claimed Emma had a new crush, fellow Burberry model George Craig. They went public together at 2010 Glastonbury Music Festival in June. Also, Emma had her music video debut in George’s indie band One Night Only ‘Say You Don’t Want It’.

However, in August 2010 George denied dating Emma, saying he was a single man. He said: “We went to Glastonbury together and there is chemistry between us. We like each other a lot and I have a lot of respect for her. (But) I’m a single man. We really fancy each other but are just good friends. We’re not boyfriend and girlfriend. We both live such busy lifestyles. In an ideal world, for me anyway, it would be great if we could be together but we can’t. I’m doing my thing and she’s doing hers. Maybe if the situation changed, we might be together.”

10 things you must know about Emma Watson

1. Emma Watson confessed Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) was her first ever crush “for the first two movies.”

2. Emma is really good at painting. “I guess I’m a little shy about my art, but I love painting people and expressions and faces. I’ve always done art, though not a lot of people know it.”

3. She can speak some French.

4. Emma is a big animal lover and would often be seen alone in between takes visiting all of the animals who work on the Harry Potter films. She also donates to WTT (Wild Trout Trust).

5. Watson’s half-sisters, identical twins Lucy and Nina played the younger version of her character Pauline in Ballet Shoes.

6. Emma’s favorite fashion house is Balenciaga. She likes “Be Delicious” by DKNY, says her favorite clothing item is jeans, and her beauty must-haves are Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Colour in Enthusiast and Kanebo 38 degrees C Silk Performance Mascara (“It’s so amazing.”)

7. Emma’s naturally a blonde though her hair is brown in the movie.

8. Watson’s favorite movie is Notting Hill (1999), her fave TV show is Friends, favorite film heroine is “Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice because Sophie retains her dignity and grace throughout horrific experiences.” She said her favorite actors are Johnny Depp, Julia Roberts, Renee Zellwegger, and Natalie Portman. She stated she likes comedies because they make her feel good about herself and they make her feel happy. She confessed she really likes Shrek.

9. Emma is obsessive about toast. She insists you must add the butter immediately before it gets cold.

10. She’s a fan of The Golden Compass and the rest of Philip Pullman’s fantasy His Dark Materials trilogy. She also loves Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman and Harry Potter, of course. Hagrid is her favorite Harry Potter character.

Upcoming projects

Besides working on the last two Harry Potter movies and focusing on her studies, Emma Watson manages to work for other projects as well. Though when asked about finishing Harry Potter in 2011 Emma confessed she wouldn’t “know what to do with myself. It will be the weirdest thing ever!”

“There was always uncertainty about me having a future in acting at all. It wasn’t like this was something I thought of as my future. After Hermione, I didn’t know whether there was anything else. You don’t know if you can exist outside of that or whether you even want that, because it was something you never really pursued in the first place.”

She says she’s going to be picky about her next role, and she would love to work with Bernardo Bertolucci. When asked if she’d do a nude role, Emma replied, “Yes. For Bernardo Bertolucci. It . . . depends. I’m not getting my kit off any time soon, but it is part of my job.”

In her interview Emma also said she’d like to start a new career as a make-up artist.

In early 2011 it was confirmed Emma had joined the cast of The Perks of Being A Wallflower. Production began in spring 2011.

Emma also said she was dreaming of playing in a Broadway play some day just like her HP co-star Daniel Radcliffe. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do,” she told The Associated Press. “The idea of having a live audience is just really appealing to me. I think that must be an amazing experience.”

Filmography

Year

Title 

Role

2001

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Hermione Granger

2002

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Hermione Granger

2004

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hermione Granger

2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Hermione Granger

2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Ballet Shoes

Hermione Granger

Pauline Fossil

2008

The Tale of Despereaux

Princess Pea

2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Napoleon and Betsy

Hermione Granger

Betsy Balcombe

2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Hermione Granger

2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Hermione Granger

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47 Responses to “Emma Watson”
  1. ramnath.k Says:

    hi emma i’m ramnath 21 years old studying B.Sc(computer science).I’m from chennai,INDIA
    my favourite list
    1.mom
    2.dad
    3.nation
    4.you(as hermoine)
    i like you so much
    in my col i’m the best fan of you
    can you pls send your photo & autograph to my
    e-mail id.
    if you make a call i’ll be the most luckiest person in the world. my mob no 9941031763. pls call me on sundays or send me some sms.
    yours lovingly
    ramnath.k

  2. rtoo Says:

    u’re sick…

  3. arisha Says:

    i’m arisha.
    i live in India.im your greatest fan. i love you as hermione.i wish to be connected as a freind with you via mail.im 12 yrs old.i will be really the luckiest if you will do so or just send ur photo with ur autograph. if you can your number too .

    thanks

  4. azur3 Says:

    just like u emma… :”> i hope i will meet a girl like you :)

  5. ajaz Says:

    i love u emma watson and i want to meet you. and i was from india.

  6. jenna trish pakirtzis Says:

    OMFG EMMA WATSON U RULE and i would love it if u came to minnesota allbertville and came in saw me im 9 and i LOVE harry potter with a little bit of my sisters helf i could name 100 of the spells form ahrry potter U RULE!!!

  7. Raguib Says:

    she is prety . every one love her
    i love her very much

  8. Bonnie May Says:

    I absolutely love Emma Watson, I wish i could act as well as her and she is my inspiration for taking Drama as a GCSE and for all of the acting i’ve done. I really want to become an actress because of Emma Watson, she is my idol and i really wish i could just be half as successful as her.

  9. audi rosandi Says:

    hallo,EMMA i,am audi i,am your fans i,am like you because you cute end sexsy thank you emma

  10. Heidi Says:

    So, Emma watson is basically gorgeous. Even my 2 year old brother goes weak at the knees when she walks on the screen.

  11. Auie Says:

    Hello Emma! You are really great! Very seldom do I know people who are just like you — bright, smart, talented, artistic and of course, pretty. Keep it up and I know, many people will love you even more. God bless!:)

  12. n.mahesh Says:

    i am fan of you because i was childhood .i intersed whole of ur team because ur whole team commucations and actions wonderful .mainly ur two best friends of cliff and grint .i like very much.

  13. mackenzie Says:

    Emma Watson is amazing :] Im a huge twihard now, but before that I was in live with Harry Potter. Amazing acting :]

  14. Ullas Says:

    ok

  15. Ashwin says Says:

    I love you emma watson i want meet you and you are so cute and beautiful you are a great person in even world your movie harrypotter was entertainment in magical and your movie adventure in it iam a luckiest person .@@i love you emma watson@@ iam waiting for your call emma watson.iam your fan.my age 25 pls call me emma.iam working.

  16. Anonymous Says:

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  18. elizabeth Says:

    i never knew u like art! i am quite in the same league as you.Coudn’t you be my teacher for painting. let’s hook up you show me more. pliz reply. and anyway i love your character both as Hermione and as Emma. big fan!!!!!

  19. Aryan Says:

    Hi emma….i like u very much….u r so beutiful…

  20. Vera Says:

    EMMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have always wanted to meet you!!!!! I get lots of chances to meet famuse people and go to concerts, but I never go because I want you to be the first famuse person I meet. come to River Forest IL, I’m not going to go anywere were there are famuse people!

  21. Melissa B Says:

    Can’t the Harry Potter crew come to Sweden for the Harry P 7 premiers or at least one of the premiers. Btw haha Hi Emma! :) My name is Melissa and i’m a HUUUGE fan of you, I absolutly love the harry potter series, the books mostly but the movies are great too! and i love ur character Hermione but i love u Emma more, ur one my rolemodel and i wanna act and become as succesful as u, ur a total inspiration, keep up with the good ur a great rolemodel for as young teen girls :) bestest wishes from melissa B in sweden and i’d love for u 2 reply my text :)
    oh and pleeeease is it possible that the harry potter crew or at least some of u could come to sweden to either one of the hp7 premiers?
    xxo

  22. Anonymous Says:

    … i really like u emma!

  23. michele Says:

    I love you so much Emma. i wish you can come to new york city AGAIN. i missed the world premiere the last time. so sorry . so long, love you always

  24. AWAIS AHMED Says:

    Hi, i am from karachi, pakistan. I really like and i wish to meet you and friends forever.

  25. nyi nyi aung Says:

    Emma, what i love you most is that while you can be a full-time actress you still want a normal life by going on with education. keep on moving emma, i support you nomatter what you do. rarely have an actress like you both acting and education go right. i went to see deathly hollow part 1 and it is very good. hope to see part 2 next year.

  26. Emma Says:

    Emma,my name is emma and I curled my to look like you now the only difference is i have blue eyes it is scary how much we look alike!!!!

  27. amelia Says:

    hi Emma,G’day I’m a big fan of harry potter movies plus i have read all the books. I’m also a big fan of you you’re a great actor.

    milli

  28. amelia Says:

    plus G’day is an Australian way of saying hi (I’m Australian)

  29. Anonymous Says:

    Hi.Watson.R u realy hot.

  30. sexy Says:

    you is sexy
    sexy

  31. deepak Says:

    Hi this is deepak i am 17. you are world famous but i an just none but just a single mail from your side would make me the happiest guy in this world so please reply me if you ever happen to see this message. Please full fill my favour. Your loving fan deepu

  32. kku Says:

    actually you r so nice ,beautiful and gorgeous he he he.. beauty cant be destroyed.,

  33. Deepak Nair Says:

    Hey,my first crush:P.i am planning to send you a letter soon..so better watch for that!:D.and,oh yeah,i am planning to make a song about you.it is in the making now..so i will try my best,okay?:D.love you so much!from,Deepak Nair from Malaysia.:)

  34. {(SBZ)} Says:

    you are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sweet.you are soooooooooooooooooooooo sexy you.

  35. Max Hinton Says:

    Hi Emma, my name is max.I live in downingtown PA I think ur really inpsiring. U did excellent in the entire H.P. Series. I read ur biography and it was awesome.

  36. Alyssa O’Reilly Says:

    Heyy, Emma, Your awesome! Just sayin! xD PS:when you were working with David Tennant in GOF, wasnt he awesome? xD I love him! He was THE best on DW! xD

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  38. Isha shiv Says:

    Emma you are the most beautiful girl i’have ever seen. You are just like a idol to me . And you are just so good in your acting as hermione. Probably, you so good in ballet shoes too. I just have to say you are so good you are not only my idol but 99% of friends. Keep going on and good luck for your rest of your life:-)

  39. Seif Abbas Says:

    Hi Emma,
    I really like you, you are acting perfectly,You are really beautiful. I hope i meet you at least once in my life and gets your autograph. Good luck with your studies and the acting. I think it’s really bad that the harry potter movies have end, you were doing so good. Good luck with your life.

  40. Betty Says:

    Hey Emma i really want to be in a film on the big screen, do you know where i could find a part. You are my role modal and i love you

  41. Anonymous Says:

    i love emma watson..the way she act. and her special characteristics in life.

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    Witty! I’m bookmarking you site for future use.

  43. shazz Says:

    Your my no 1 role model , and im 17 now. I hope to become half the women you are because i’m all for strong independent women who are not afraid to show off their inner strength and beauty.

  44. yusra rahmanii Says:

    hi i love emma watson verey much im 12 years old im you big fanes i hop you are still an acters
    and i no oll what happend to your live when you born small

  45. Me!! Says:

    I’m a HUGE FAN of Harry Potter and Emma, ask me anything HP XD I hope to grow up to be like you one day Emma.

  46. himanshu pandit Says:

    hi emma i am biggest fan and i live in india and i want to talk you please give me your mobile no.please send me in my email id. ok
    thanks

  47. aryan=iran Says:

    i from iran and just say i love you emma!:|


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