Emma Watson “Being Sexy Was Never My Goal”

Emma Watson

British Actress Emma Watson is one fine young talented lady who deserves the title of role model. She was cast as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter at 9 years of age which catapulted her into worldwide stardom. Enough to make a young adolescent girl lose her focus, get caught up in the hype and become a Hollywood brat. Not so in her case!

She chatted with W Magazine about her Harry Potter career, deciding to go to college in the US after, and the movies she is appearing in coming up.

You may have already seen her play Sam, the charismatic object of desire in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in 2012. And this month she will play Nicki, an aspiring actress and part-time thief in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring.

Emma Watson

The Bling Ring is based on a true story of a group of young kids who broke into Hollywood stars’ homes like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton and essentially became ‘famous’ in and of themselves.

When asked if she felt the pressure to be a role model to other young girls its easy to see this just comes naturally for her.

“I was always a very serious child. I remember being 13 and girls in my class saying, “So-and-so is going to kiss so-and-so on the school fields.” I said, “That’s stupid. They’re too young for it to matter—he doesn’t love her, and that’s just a waste of time.”  So I was the right child to get cast: I loved the responsibility!”

W magazine cover

She talks about how being “sexy” was never a goal for her in acting and can easily separate her real life from what is seen on-screen. As a young girl who had to kiss Rupert Grint in Harry Potter, W asked her if that was her first kiss, and while she said no, her answer shows a very mature side to Emma.

“Thankfully, no. I’ve always been fascinated by Elizabeth Taylor, and I had read that her first kiss happened on a film set, which actually made me a little sad. You need to have normal experiences of your own. I’ve never wanted to grow up too fast: I wanted to wear a sports bra until I was 22! The allure of being sexy never really held any excitement for me. I’ve never been in a terrible rush to be seen as a woman.”

Being famous still doesn’t attract Emma in anyway, which is a good thing. It seems her motives are clear and so is her focus in life. We see far too many actresses chasing after the glitz and glamor and creating such bad imagery for all their young fans. Sure, every girl should be allowed to make her own mistakes and embrace her flaws, but there is an added responsibility to the public when you are a celebrity. I mean, how would actresses like Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren or Barbara Streisand still be in-demand at their age if they had fallen prey to the temptations of the Hollywood underbelly like some others?
Emma Watson
“Ignoring fame was my rebellion, in a funny way. I was insistent on being normal and doing normal things,” Watson says. She also goes into detail of how she attended Brown University and lived on campus. Shunning any preferential treatment, she chose to live in the dorms and bunk with eight other strangers and share a bathroom. Wow!

For one of the most well-known young women in film today, she is a shining example to other actresses in terms of balance and perspective. Education is still important, even to Hermione Granger! We love hearing about celebs who think it no big deal to take public transport, go to college, live with normal people and just be able to separate what’s real from what isn’t.
If you are an aspiring actress, don’t be fooled by all the glitz and glamor you see in magazines, on TV, on the internet. Celebrities also have to go home at some point to their real life. Don’t give up on your personal development, especially education, if you have the chance to go to college. One of the reasons we adore her is because she supports a charity called Camfed International.
“I am supporting a charity called Camfed International that helps girls in developing countries get an education. So often in countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania, families cannot afford to send all of their children to school so must choose which child to educate. The girls are rarely chosen as boys have a better chance of getting a job on graduation.Camfed sponsors these girls through their schooling and into adulthood.”
So you can see it is not just a selfish thing for Emma. She is using her voice and opportunities to give back and be an ambassador for other young women in the world.
We love you Emma! You are one smart, talented lady who is a great role model. Keep up the great work.


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