INTERVIEW PARADE (08/2012)
Emma Watson was just nine-years-old when she took her first train ride to Hogwarts as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. A decade later, the $5.4 billion success of the big screen versions of J. K. Rowling's best-sellers has brought magic to her career.
Parade's Jeanne Wolf talked with the 20-year-old about reaching the end of a fantastical journey. Plus, how Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint became her on-set love gurus.
Harry Potter meets Jason Bourne.
"You haven't seen anything yet. Don't get too excited. Part 2 is very real and visceral and it kinda feels like Bourne Identity. It's cool. I think I held my own, just barely. Hermoine's a pretty big character and a pretty awesome role model."
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Bonding with Hermione.
"I'm fiercely loyal. I really empathize with people and I can't help but take care of them and protect them, sometimes in a kind of unhealthy way. I'm definitely a caretaker. I have to really pull myself back on the reins and say, 'Put yourself first. Love yourself first.'"
It's not easy.
"I've had dark times, this voice in my head that makes me pretty hard on myself. I really don't let anything go. I've been learning that I have to try and be a bit kinder and take care of myself a bit better. I'm not as rebellious as Hermione, but I'm not afraid to say what I think or to disagree if I don't like something."
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A tearful ending.
"I cried. It was just really emotional just to see the fruits of my labor. There's so many memories that are attached to making these films. It just reminded me of everything that we went through to get there."
The downside of a decade of films.
"It's weird. It's kind of like your baby pictures being posted up around the world on a 20-foot screen. It's cool in a way but also kind of slightly embarrassing. It makes me squirm a bit, to be honest. It's funny, looking back, how different we all were. I had the bushy hair, chipmunk face, and big teeth going on, which wasn't a great look for me."
Advice for Hermione.
"Gosh, what would I tell her? Try not to get too stressed out about the whole Ron thing. Just let it go. Go with the flow. Don't get too caught up in it because there's going to be a serious amount of angst. But it all comes together in the end."
As for guys in real life.
"I'm single at the moment. Things are pretty quiet. Not much going on. When I was on the set with Daniel and Rupert, it was normally me who went to the guys with the questions about guys because I don't pretend to understand the male gender. I'm just like, 'What is going on here? What should I be doing? I don't understand.' So they've helped me out a bit and been like my protective big brothers."
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So if she had to really choose between Harry and Ron.
"In real life, maybe. I don't know. It's hard. There's a scene in this film where Ron says why he comes back after leaving us. It's very moving and very sweet. I think that might have won me over. It's definitely a tough call."
Being the highest-paid actress in Hollywood.
"I don't know who wrote it but it keeps coming up everywhere. I'm not even sure if it's true. I'm really not. It's questionable. I don't deserve that. It's very weird."
"Nothing's really settled yet, but I may be looking at doing some theater next summer, which would be wonderful if that worked out. I seem to like jumping off the high board. I find that the higher the pressure, the bigger the leap. Like rising to a challenge I think. That's how I seem to work best, so I'm going to keep it up."
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