Emma Watson: Helena helped me deal with fame

Emma Watson says she formed a close bond with Helena Bonham Carter because she understands the “pressure” of being a young actress.

Emma has been playing the role of Hermione Granger in the 'Harry Potter' franchise since 2001 and has had to grow up in the spotlight. The 20-year-old admits it has been tough at times to live a normal life, but she has sought advice from other stars who have had the same experiences.

Helena, 44, was also successful at a young age, and Emma was thrilled when she joined the cast of 'Harry Potter' - playing evil witch Bellatrix Lestrange. The pair soon became friends, with Emma revealing they have similar styles of working.

“She understands the pressures, having starred in 'A Room with a View' when she 18,” Emma explained. “It was a relief because I hadn’t had anyone to talk to before. We’re very similar. She needs to know absolutely every detail about each character she plays.

“Her script was covered in notes. I’m the same. I have to know everything.”

Emma admits being involved in the 'Harry Potter' movies was sometimes “terrifying” when she was growing up. She felt a great responsibility to deliver a perfect performance and be on her best behaviour when she was on and off the movie set.

“There wasn’t anyone or anything to push against. As far as I was concerned, I was free-falling,” Emma explained. “It was terrifying, actually. I couldn’t throw my toys out of the pram. I was too aware of how special and important what I was doing was.”