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Emma Watson: Being Sexy is “Embarrassing”
The real life Hermione is all grown up!
Although she shares 55th place with Amy Winehouse on the London Times Under-Thirties Rich List, Emma Watson, better known as Hermione, won’t be visiting rehab anytime soon. On the contrary, she’s anything but the stereotypical Hollywood party girl. A recent interview in London’s Daily Mail reveals the Harry Potter starlet is growing up into quite the young lady.
“I’m not tempted by parties or drugs. I don’t actually like being drunk, particularly in public. But I do understand why people get sucked into a party lifestyle,” she says.
In her free time, Emma skis, goes to nightclubs in Oxford, hangs out with her friends from “junior school,” and only dates friends of friends. She doesn’t plan on going out with anyone famous.
Even her fashion is admirable.
“I find this whole thing about being 18 and everyone expecting me to be this object… I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do a photo-shoot people desperately want to change me – dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that.
“What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt. Have a look at everything I’ve got’? My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”
Although she avoids leaving-little-to-the-imagination fashion, the paparazzi have started wondering a little too much after she became “legal.”
“It was pretty tough turning 18,” she says. “I realized that overnight I’d become fair game. I had a party in town and the pavements were just knee-deep with photographers trying to get a shot of me looking drunk, which wasn’t going to happen. I don’t have to drink to have a good time. The sickest part was when one photographer lay down on the floor to get a shot up my skirt.
“The night it was legal for them to do it, they did it. I woke up the next day and felt completely violated by it all. That’s not something I want in my life. I just kept thinking that if it had happened a day earlier people would have sued their a***s off.
Emma says she was never that little girl dreaming of her debut as a famous actress. Striving to lead a “normal” lifestyle, she’s currently deciding which college she wants to attend while continuing her acting career. She plans to take up a university place at Oxbridge or an Ivy League college. “There are actresses who don’t know about things like doing their own laundry and getting a bus. I’m not going to be like that.”
Her next movie is likely to be Napoleon And Betsy, the true story of the Emperor’s relationship with a young girl during his exile on St Helena. “It’s very complex. A touching of souls. She was a very young girl and he was this older, incredible man. I read the script two years ago and just knew this was the perfect film for me.”
She continues to dazzle Hogwarts-lovin’ audiences with her intelligent and adorable role as Hermione in the Harry Potter series. Now we’re all looking forward to the grown-up Emma Watson playing a role with a different tone and sticking to her real-life ambitions, as she’s a fabulous role model for young girls everywhere.