Emma Watson: I don’t want to be forgotten as Hermione
Emma Watson would never strip off in a movie just to prove she has moved on from her Harry Potter role.
The star shot to fame in 2001, playing Hermione Granger in the popular wizard franchise. Shooting recently wrapped on the last movie, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' – which is being released in two instalments – and Emma admits she was “in floods” of tears when she watched her final scenes with her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.
The 20-year-old is fiercely proud of her involvement in the successful movies and doesn’t feel she needs to take on more risqué roles just to prevent her being typecast in the future.
“I’m not going to get my kit off in a film, just to leave Hermione behind,” Emma said. “I’m not going to do something shocking because I’m so paranoid or insecure that I can’t play another role convincingly. I don’t want everyone to forget me as Hermione. I’m really proud of her.”
The actress is currently studying literature at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She opted to continue her education in America rather than England because she thought she would be able to blend in more over there. Emma was concerned students at British universities would only want to talk about her involvement in the 'Harry Potter' movies, but she admits she can be too uptight about her success.
When she first started making friends at college, she refused to talk about her fame but she has now learned to relax and just be herself.
“I worry that I might be seen to be name-dropping or boasting, so I have to constantly be self-deprecating. I feel people are always ready to jump on me. If I show any signs of being a diva or being ungrateful, they are just too ready to criticise,” Emma explained.
“In the first semester I just didn’t talk about my home life at all. Now I’ve realised that’s just stupid. 'Harry Potter' has been such a big part of my life that if I don’t mention it I am being fake and my friends are only getting to know a very small part of me. Finally, I’m starting to say, ‘Yes, I’m famous. Yes, I’m in films. You’re just going to have to deal with it.’ I’m not going to tiptoe around anymore.”