On this interview with Harry Smith of the Early Show, actress Emma Watson discusses modeling, university in the States, Harry Potter’s Hermione and Ron and more Harry Potter (download for better quality).
Women’s Wear Daily has spoken to actress Emma Watson about fashion. Here is what the actress spoke about:
ON BURBERRY: Watson first met creative director Christopher Bailey at last year’s Burberry and Vanity Fair party at London’s National Portrait Gallery. “We just really hit it off,” remembers Watson of that night. Cut to Bailey calling to ask her to be in the house’s latest campaign, shot by Mario Testino. “I was really excited,” she says. “I’ve done a bit of modeling over the past year so I had practice.”
“I felt very strongly that she would be perfect to hold the whole campaign,” says Bailey, who cast her alongside five boys. “I loved the idea of Emma being surrounded by these young, cool British guys.”
ON RED CARPETS: “You feel like you’re gearing up for a marathon,” says Watson, who often pulls premiere night looks herself. (The starlet works occasionally with a stylist “friend” whom she declines to name). “I’ve really enjoyed having personal relationships with designers. It’s amazing to be able to go to them directly,” says the actress, who also looks to younger talents like Christopher Kane and Phillip Lim. Off-duty, she hits high-street brand Reiss to find blazers that “aren’t massive on me,” which the dainty star pairs with T-shirts, jeans and clunky All Saints lace-up boots.
ON CELEB FASHION BRANDS: Unlike many of her famous peers, Watson says she has no plans to do her own line. “I’m really not interested in doing it for my own ego. I’m not a designer,” she says matter-of-factly. “If someone asked me to do something that was beneficial to a cause, then maybe I’d consider it, but not just [to be able to say] ‘Look at me! I’ve got my own line!’”
“[It’s] gotten so ridiculous,” she continues. “The idea of making my own perfume makes me want to vomit.”
ON COLLEGE: “The whole reason I’m going is to try and be normal for a bit,” says Watson, who plans to come Stateside to study English literature or art but won’t say where (rumored schools include Yale and Columbia). Her refusal to divulge where she’ll be studying come September has created a minor tabloid frenzy about her usually under-the-radar-life. “I’m wondering if it was a mistake not to talk about where I’m going,” she sighs. “Maybe it would have been better if I’d just said.”
LIFE AFTER POTTER: Only two more installments of “Harry Potter” remain, but Watson, despite having devoted nearly all of her professional acting life to the franchise, isn’t worried. “I’m really relaxed,” she says. “I’m not desperate to take on a really adult role. I’m happy to work on whatever comes along.”
Besides, she points out, “At college, you get five months off a year. That’s loads of time to do projects.”
Here is one where we get deeper into the mind of British actress Emma Watson and her thoughts about a variety of things from Harry Potter and fame to education, acting, and life.
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Emma Watson: The Pop Machine interview
Here’s another “director’s cut” version of a piece that originally ran in the print edition. MC
SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Having played Hermione in the Harry Potter movies, Emma Watson was used to acting around special effects to be filled in later, but her work in the computer-animated “The Tale of Despereaux” raised such guesswork to a new level.
Playing the sad Princess Pea, who at one point is kidnapped and thrust into a “Gladiator”-like arena by some fiendish rats, the 18-year-old English actress had to concentrate all of her performance in her voice, little knowing what the final product would look like.
“Honestly, I didn’t really know what to expect,” she said. “I read the script. They showed me some sketches of how Pea was going to look. I saw a couple of clips. Aside from that, I didn’t know where they were taking it.”
Over an interview in a beach-side hotel earlier this month, Watson discussed her surprise at the finished product, her decision to stay in school, her desire to act, and, of course, her ongoing life in the world of Harry Potter.
Pop Machine: What is it about acting with just your voice that’s different?
Emma Watson: To be honest, you feel like an idiot a lot of the time, particularly for my part, because it was quite physical: I was being kidnapped, and I was being dragged around, and there was a rat in my room. There were moments you had to be out of breath. You have to kind of re-create this in a dark room, and you have to be quite imaginative about it all. So when I’m screaming and being kidnapped, I was jogging on the spot for a couple of minutes beforehand trying to get me out of breath and get me in the moment.
PM: What surprised you the most when you finally saw it?
Watson: How much I liked it.
PM: ‘Cause you thought, ‘Oh, this is crap’ while you were making it?
Watson: No, not at all! [laughs] I guess you try and set your expectations at a certain level before you go and see a film. It exceeded my expectations.
PM: When I come across “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on cable, I think, ‘Oh, they were so little then.’ Do you do that?
Watson: It is strange. It is incredible how young we were, and we have been depicted in a time of our lives where we’ve changed so much, we look so different, we are so different. It’ll be over a decade when I finish making the Harry Potters, so it’s quite something.
PM: Are you filming now?
Watson: No, I start again in February to film “Deathly Hallows,” which will be split into two parts.
PM: Was this movie a nice break for you?
Watson: It was. It’s really nice to be part of something different. It’s nice to talk about something that isn’t Harry Potter, actually.
PM: So I’ll just ask you all Harry Potter questions now.
Watson: OK, thanks.
PM: At least now nobody’s asking you how the books are going to end.
Watson: Yeah. It’s funny, people really thought that we’d been entrusted with the endings, but no.
PM: I hear you like to sing.
PM: Are you going to be the next Duffy?
Watson: [Laughs] She’s great, but I’d rather focus on my acting and get that really good before I branch out into anything else. So I guess it would be on film or on stage or whatever. I would love to do that.
PM: You’ve stayed in school while you’ve been doing all of this.
Watson: Mm-hmm. I go to university in September.
PM: You think it’s important to keep the schooling going rather than to be solely career focused?
Watson: Yeah. I hope that having my life and having an education will lengthen my career.
PM: Is that because it makes you a more well-rounded person?
Watson: Yeah. How as an actress are you meant to inhabit other people if you haven’t lived? How are you meant to play someone who gets the bus to work or has a part-time job or whatever if I’ve never experienced any of it myself or if I haven’t been to school? How does that make me someone that people can relate to? I don’t think it’s possible really.
PM: If you could change one thing about the entertainment business, what would it be?
Watson: All the baggage that comes with fame, being an actress. The down side to it is the intrusion into your life and this expectation that because they’ve seen you onscreen, they kind of have a right to you as a human being and personally and in your life.
PM: What’s the maddest you’ve gotten reading something about yourself?
Watson: I really have very little to complain about in terms of what’s written about me. The worst it gets is that I’m dating Dan [Radcliffe, who plays Harry] or Rupert [Grint, who plays Ron] or Tom [Felton, who plays Draco] or whoever it is. That’s kind of the silliest that they get, really.
PM: What do you think is the most misunderstood thing about what you do?
Watson: I guess that it looks incredibly glamorous, and in some ways it is and at some times it is, but if you’re really doing your job properly, then it’s tough. In the film industry you work very long hours, and making a film is a very intense process.
PM: Do you find that performing quieter scenes is harder than running and screaming?
Watson: Actually, it’s funny: I find it easier to cry than I do to laugh convincingly. It’s incredibly hard to pull off a laugh that feels natural take after take after take, that feels real. You can tell a fake laugh [snaps fingers] the minute you hear it, and that’s something I really struggle with more than producing tears.
PM: You can just turn on the waterworks.
Watson: Well, I’m a girl, aren’t I?
There are two new interviews of British actress Emma Watson online:
EMMA WATSON: DESPEREAUX‘S PRINCESS
While you’ll have to wait till July to see Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, you can hear her this month in The Tale of Despereaux. She voices the character Princess Pea in the animated movie based on the bestselling children’s book about how a fearless mouse helps change lives in the kingdom of Dor.
Emma jumped at the chance to play the lonely princess, her first cartoon voice, and recorded her part over a three-year period, a few days at a time. Until she got the hang of it, “I was a bit nervous,” she admits. “But it was really fun, and I’m massively proud of it.”
She especially loves the movie’s message about forgiveness. “I think anyone can go see it and get something from it,” says Emma, who related to at least one aspect of Pea. “Everyone knows how it feels to feel lonely and isolated at times. It’s part of being human.”
Emma calls the princess “more gentle” than the feisty Hermione, who’s on the outs with her two pals in the sixth Potter flick. “She is pretty angry with Harry for a lot of it because he becomes addicted to this potions book, which she thinks is dangerous, and of course, she’s right. And she and Ron have a big argument over this silly girl he’s dating.”
The final Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, will be split into two movies due out in 2010 and 2011. Filming starts in February on the first one.
You might think Emma Watson has already lived a fairy-tale life, what with starring since age 11 in the mega-successful “Harry Potter” films. But it took her performance in the upcoming film “The Tale of Despereaux” to make her a princess.
The 18-year-old actress lends her voice to the charming animated tale (based on a best-selling children’s book) of a courageous mouse (Matthew Broderick) who saves a princess in the most desperate of times. MTV News caught up with Watson to chat about venturing into non-“Potter” acting, why she might be moving to the United States, and whether she’d ever take it all off for a role as her friend Daniel Radcliffe did.
MTV: Apparently, you only work on films based on beloved books.
Emma Watson: [Laughs.] There is a bit of a pattern, isn’t there? Who knows what’s next?
MTV: Was this project a no-brainer for you to sign on to?
Watson: 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.
MTV: I would imagine all the green-screen work you’ve done in the “Harry Potter” films helped you with this one.
Watson: Completely. The key in working on an animated film is, you have to be incredibly imaginative.
MTV: You recorded your scenes opposite a veteran voice actor in Matthew Broderick. He was in “The Lion King,” after all!
Watson: Was he in “The Lion King”? Who was he?
MTV: He was Simba.
Watson: No way! I did not realize that! I knew he was amazing anyway, but I did not realize he did “The Lion King.” That is awesome. I have a whole newfound respect. I’m now even more in love with him.
MTV: Do you see a lot of differences between Hermione and Princess Pea?
Watson: Hermione is a real tomboy. Princess Pea is very graceful, and she’s more subtle. She’s much more girly. I just felt really sorry for her. She’s very alone.
MTV: I have a few questions about those other films you’re sometimes associated with.
Watson: [Laughs.] Oh, those ones no one’s heard of?
MTV: Have you seen “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” yet?
Watson: No! I’m dying over here. I literally can’t wait any longer. I think I’ll get to see it in January.
MTV: What’s next for you?
Watson: I’m attached to a film called “Napoleon and Betsy,” which will hopefully get shot in 2010. I’ve got the colossal final book [“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”] to finish off, and I’m going to university in September. I’m looking at scripts and auditioning. I’m very excited to do roles beyond “Potter.” It’s a very exciting time for me.
MTV: Where are you going to school?
Watson: I may stay in the U.K., but I’m also looking at universities in the States, on the East Coast probably. I’ve applied already to some schools over there.
MTV: What kind of roles are you looking for after “Harry Potter” is done?
Watson: I want when people look back on my career for them to not be able to put me in a box and say, “She always played this kind of role.” I want to do everything. I would love to be in a musical. I want to sing. I want to do a crazy Baz Luhrmann “Moulin Rouge!” sort of thing. I’d love to do a period piece. I’d love to do a French film. There are so many options out there!
MTV: What about theater? Would you ever take it all off onstage as Daniel Radcliffe’s been doing in “Equus”?
Watson: I think Dan is incredibly brave. I would be completely terrified!