Since her years as Hermione ended, Emma Watson has fought to assert her own identity.
Now that she has found her voice—most notably as a U. ambassador—she’s revamping a classic stereotype, the Disney princess, in Since her years as Hermione ended, Emma Watson has fought to assert her own identity. The 26-year-old actress is scattering hardcover copies of Maya Angelou’s book throughout the station—tucking them between pipes, placing them on benches, atop the emergency call box—in hopes that New York commuters will pick them up and put down their smartphones.
I don’t know how to explain it, but the Harry Potter phenomenon steps into a different zone. A big part of me coming to terms with it was accepting that this is not your average circumstances.” (Since the first movie premiered, in 2001, when Watson was 11, there have been numerous incidents with stalkers.) “People will say to me, ‘Have you spoken to Jodie Foster or Natalie Portman?
“I had on so much makeup and these big, fluffy, full-on dresses.
“I was finding this fame thing was getting to a point of no return,” she remembers.
“I sensed if this was something I was ever going to step away from it was now or never.” She loved performance and telling stories, but she had to reckon with the consequences of “winning the lottery,” as she calls getting the part of Hermione, when she was nine years old and literally still losing baby teeth.
I’d put my hands on the sink and look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Who is this?
’ I didn’t connect with the person who was looking back at me, and that was a very unsettling feeling.”What few people knew when she enrolled at Brown University in 2009 was that she had a desire to give up acting and walk away from Hollywood altogether.