Harry Potter’s Hermione, AKA Emma Watson Waves Her Magic
By Colin Turner
(The Interview People)
Photographs by Mariano Vivanco
Producer: Jo Matthews
Prop Stylist: Trish Stephenson
Wardrobe Stylist: Caroline Seiber
Hair: Neil Moodie
Make-up: Mira Husseini
Manicurist: Mike Pocock
The young actress on saying goodbye to Harry Potter, her future, how her new haircut has made her feel bolder, those Burberry ads and how she is addicted to learning.
How sad was it to say goodbye to Hermione?
It felt sad. She feels like an old friend of mine. So it does feel sad definitely.
Rupert was saying that he didn’t think that you will ever lose touch with each other. Is that something that you agree with?
Oh, I really hope that he never finds me again. No, of course. We grew up together. He’s practically like my brother. There’s no way that we’re losing touch.
Now that everything is completely finished, how do you feel? Liberated, completely sad?
Both. It’s very freeing on the one hand and very sad on the other. It’s both, bittersweet.
You’ve gone to university, obviously, do you imagine taking up acting in the future or are you just seeing what happens?
I just did a movie, finished something last week, “My week with Marilyn”, which is exciting. No, I think I’ll just keep doing things. But my education is my number one priority at the moment and everything else comes around that really.
How are you enjoying that?
It’s wonderful. I love it. Really do.
How difficult is it to look at a so called normal life cause everybody knows who you are…
The grass is always greener. So for me never having really known a normal life, the idea of sitting around in my dorm having a glass of wine and some pizza is really exciting to me. Cause it’s not something I’ve really done. I take pleasure in little things like that.
Do you remember the last day of the shooting? Only Daniel said something to the crew. Sometimes women prepare something for such important events not men.
That’s true! I feel like it was really Dan’s place, not mine, on that last day. I didn’t feel the need…I feel like between Dan and David Heyman they covered everything. So I didn’t have anything prepared.
Are you scared that people will only see you as Hermione and nothing else?
It’s funny, everyone keeps asking me that. I don’t feel scared at all. She is such an amazing role, such an amazing character. I don’t really want people to forget.
But what if you play another role and people remember you as Hermione?
I hope that I’m a good enough actress that people forget. And the other thing is that I’m still growing. I’m still changing in my physical appearance and in the way that I am. So I don’t think it should be too difficult. It’s not like I’m already formed. I’m still changing, I’m still diversifying. Maybe it’s ignorance that I’m not too worried but I’m not really.
Have you got any models? Actresses that maybe combine cinema and going to university?
Yeah, I’m gonna keep trying to juggle the two. But basically my education is my number one priority, to get my degree. I’m never gonna have that time back. I can work for the rest of my life but I’m never gonna have a chance to experience university life.
But have you got any particular role models in your life?
There’s a few: Jodie Foster, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman. Those are the kind of actresses that I idolize I guess. But I follow my own path I think.