Emma Watson has grown up in front of our eyes playing the brilliant Hermione Granger in the blockbuster Harry Potter film franchise. There will be millions of Harry Potter fans who will never think of her as anyone other than ‘Hermione,’ however the young actress has accomplished a lot in her 23 years. Watson wasn’t one of those child stars who couldn’t handle the fame and descended into the world of drugs and/or alcohol. Instead, Watson kept her head about her, went to Brown for a few years, and has been very selective about her film projects post-Harry Potter.
The April issue of ELLE (available March 25, 2014) features gorgeous photos and an interview with the talented actress. Chatting about having a life outside of her film career, Watson said, “I remember reading this thing that Elizabeth Taylor wrote. She had her first kiss in character. On a movie set. It really struck me. I don’t know how or why, but I had this sense that if I wasn’t really careful, that could be me. That my first kiss could be in somebody else’s clothes. And my experiences could all belong to someone else.”
Next up is a starring role in Darren Aronofsky’s big budget epic Biblical tale, Noah, opposite Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman, and Jennifer Connelly. In the film, Watson plays Noah’s adopted daughter, Ila. “It’s Shakesperean, what happens to this family when they’re put in this confined space for 40 days and 40 nights,” explained Watson. “It’s the end of the world – how these different human beings are dealing with the impact of that. Are humans good? Are we bad? All of these themes are epic.”
And director Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) has high praise for Watson’s acting skills. “We started off with one of Emma’s hardest scenes. We shot in Iceland on a beach with an extremely difficult weather situation. The force of the wind – we could barely hear the actors. The sun kept coming in and out. We had to wait for the right light, then, Go, go, go! Then, Wait, wait, wait! She was able to block out all those ridiculous external forces and just focus on the emotion at hand,” said Aronofksy.
For more with Emma Watson, visit ELLE.com.
-Posted by Rebecca Murray
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