Posted by Alia Haddad on June 14, 2011 at 9:54 am
What does a starlett do when she is chosen to be the cover of Vogue magazine? Well, if your Emma Watson, who plays one of the three lead roles, Hermione Granger, in the Harry Potter franchise (duh), you complain about your tough life thus far. Biting from the hands that feed you, I see.
For some background, during the cover story interview, “Emma Watson’s New Day,” Watson relayed the feeling of hope she felt after reading Patti Smith’s 2010 memoir Just Kids. Perhaps drawing an analogy from Smith to herself, Watson went on to say, “‘ I have no control over my life…I have lived in a complete bubble. They found me and picked me for the part. And now I’m desperately trying to find my way through it.”
And the cover story doesn’t stop there. The story’s writer, Amanda Foreman, is sure to indulge Watson in her self-pitying statements: “Acting the part of Hermoine was not simply a matter taking the odd hiatus from normal life; the constant filming and promoting of the movies became normal life. All the rituals of adolescence, from dyeing her hair to trawling the mall in search of boys, had to be sacrificed on the altar of work.”
Okay, so here’s the thing, is it wrong that I don’t feel that badly for her? I mean, yes I get it– Watson did not live anywhere near what is considered a normal childhood. But even so, she got to do so much more– her dream-come-true for one thing. In the interview, Watson confirms that it was her love of the books that made her audition for her dream role of Hermione.
And what sets Watson apart from all the other would-be Hermione’s out there? Well, that she actually got the part. She got the dream (not the American one, but close enough). And ever since then, her life has been changed, right? It just seems to me, that we just keep hearing about how the negative aspects that came along with that dream-come-true. All that I’m wondering is if a little gratitude for the franchise that made her a household name, that afforded her this very Vogue cover and that probably helped her, even if just a little bit, get into Brown (okay, there I said it, being famous may or may not help with securing a spot at an Ivy League), is out of the question?
And hey, if the Olsen twins got through it, then I know that you can too, Watson!
To read the entire article, click here. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, the last movie in the series, will be in theaters everywhere on July 15th.