Emma Watson joined her Harry Potter costars yesterday for an afternoon press conference in NYC. She's in the US after attending the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and Emma had lots more to share about her experiences with the franchise over the last decade. Emma revealed what she has in store this Summer and next Fall as far as college is concerned, and she also chatted about how she wrapped up more than ten life-changing years on the Harry Potter set. Emma said:
- On what she has in common with Hermione: "Not so much now but I guess an earnestness, an eager to please and do the right thing and terrified of ever getting into trouble. I am very heady in the same way that she is. I am constantly thinking three, four moves ahead. I try and intellectualize a lot, which she does as well obviously. She’s very determined, I am as well. I like to think that I am very loyal in the same way that she is. Bit of a feminist in the same way that she is. I will speak my mind in the same way that she does. It’s hard to say really. I feel as though so much of me went into her and so much of her went into me, I can’t really differentiate too much anymore. It’s all a bit of a blur."
- On realizing how famous she is: "It was when I was in a shantytown in Bangladesh and a boy stopped me in the street and said, 'You’re the girl from Harry Potter.' And I just. . . there’s no where in the world I can go that almost, it feels, that isn’t somehow touched by this film franchise. It’s absolutely amazing. It reaches the farthest, furthest corner of the earth in the least expected places you would expect. So that was a real, 'Wow I really can’t go anywhere. This is incredible.'"
- On handling her fame: "It became easier to handle once I accepted it. Once I sort of came to terms with it, definitely. I feel fortunate in it that I’ve never known, never really known what its like to have total freedom and anonymity. It’s not as though I had it and then all of a sudden it got taken away from me. It was something I grew up knowing and a process that happened gradually. I’ve never known anything else. So in a way, I guess that’s a blessing."
- On the next step in her college plans: "I am going to Oxford in the fall to study English for a year. Just to explain, I haven’t left Brown. I’m still enrolled at Brown but I’m doing my third year abroad, studying at home abroad for me. So I’ll go back to the States to do my last year. I took a semester off but my A level credits actually count as advanced place me out a semester so I’m no longer further behind. I’m still technically going into my third year."
To read what Emma says about tackling Broadway, how she's changed over the last ten years, and her Summer plans, just read more.
- On Daniel Radcliffe's Broadway stint: "Dan is so ballsy. That kid. Amazing. I’d love to do something on Broadway. I think I need to pluck up some more courage. . .I love to sing, at some point. I love singing."
- On her own changes: "It’s hard to say because obviously when you go from the ages of nine to twenty- one, there are so many changes that are inevitable — that’s just part of growing up. It’s hard to say what isn’t that natural process and what else has happened. I went from being a nine- year old girl, a schoolgirl, to having a job. I’ve learned how to be an actress and how films are made and how to do interviews, hopefully! I always had quite a strong sense of who I am, but it's nice coming through this and feeling like I still managed to maintain my own sense of identity away from something that potentially could have overwhelmed.
- On her favorite Harry Potter movies: "The last two, part 1 and part 2 for me really stand apart from all of the rest. The quality is amazing. The role and depth and how much darker they get really gave me a chance to stretch myself as an actress and really feel like I was an actress."
- On her Summer plans: "I’m going to travel this summer, which I’m really excited about. It’s obviously scary, change is always scary, but I feel really excited. I feel like I’m entering a new chapter, like I get a fresh start, and there’s something really exciting about that. So traveling this summer — I’m going back to school in the fall. . . I guess just now reading, reading, reading and trying to find the next thing that really speaks to me and that I really care about. Finding great directors who will keep teaching me so I can keep learning. But I’m excited about the idea that being an actress now in a way that I wasn’t so sure of before."
- On the last shot of the movie: "The last shot we did was this kind of strange moment where we dive into the fire place at the Ministry of Magic. It was actually for part 1 not for part 2. So Dan, Rupert, and I one by one jumped onto these blue safety mats and that was the shot — that was it — and it seemed like a strange one to go out on but actually David made the point that we were like leaping into the unknown. It was kind of like the perfect metaphor for what we were about to go into. It's so funny 'cause I can’t tell you how I felt when we were shooting it. I was sort of numb."