USA Today, A Life After Potter

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

On an interview on USA Today, actress Emma Watson talks modeling, life after Harry Potter and acting. Here is what she says:

Emma Watson, model bookworm

As the series’ outspoken, super-smart female lead, Watson says she’s often confused with her character, Hermione Granger, off screen. That’s why she has gone to great lengths to separate herself from her iconic teen wizard.

“People see me as Hermione in real life. They forget that I’m acting. We’re quite different people. I want people to understand that I’m versatile,” Watson says. “My way of hoping people would see me differently was through modeling. I worked very hard and did a lot of modeling shoots. Burberry offered me the campaign. That has moved me away a little bit. I’m not good at selling myself.”

She voiced Princess Pea in 2008’s The Tale of Despereaux, but Watson’s focus has remained on the sartorial. She’s the face of Burberry’s fashion campaign and is a regular at Chanel fashion shows. She says that unlike Radcliffe, she didn’t have time to sign up for a lengthy theater run because she was cramming for final exams and applying to colleges. She’s starting school on the East Coast in the fall but won’t say where.

She also isn’t agonizing about a career after Potter. Watson says her focus for the next four years will be firmly on the books. She’d like to work with directors Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro but doesn’t feel any pressure. “Acting never was about the money for me. … Maybe in 10 years, I’ll be able to appreciate the fact that I am financially stable and independent and I don’t have to make bad choices. I can be very picky.”

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