Emma Watson's obsessions
On the 20th of September, last year, Emma Watson felt scared. "My hands were shaking. I wasn't aware that I was going to talk in a room of that size and with all these people". The British actress brought with her a couple of folios and, for 12 minutes, she did an intelligent, disarming and quite emotional speech about the importance of gender equality. "Today we are launching a campaign called HeForShe. I'm reaching out to you because we need your help. We want to end gender inequality. And, to do this, we need everyone involved". This "you" was the UN Assembly, and Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, gave a step further that has tranformed her into the voice of a generation.
A year later, Watson (Paris,1990) releases Regression, by Alejandro Amenábar. It's been a long time since Emma finished being Hermione, the great female character of the Harry Potter saga, - "but I don't forget everything that it supposed then, and that my career started there" -. Now, Watson is an actress that chooses very carefully her roles (she doesn't have a bad film), a woman that signs into diverse charitable campaigns and a style icon. She graduated with a degree in English Literature at Brown University, Providence (US).
At her 25, she has been careful with her steps. " I receive a lot of scripts, sure. But I only select the ones that take me to shoot with passionate artists, directors that understand what's an actor. Believe me, there aren't a lot. Another of my rules is that the story has to affect me and be a challenge. I read all the scripts that I can, although my agent knows my tastes very well". "I still blush and get shocked about the ability that I have to influence in others. I'm not very sure of if I reach a lot of people, but of course, it doesn't worry me, I try to channel this influence to worthy causes. I have the energy that I have, and I don't waste it, so I choose carefully and hope to not just end at the "I", but instead, that through me people will get to know about interesting initiatives".
A vital purpose
Hence her appearance at the UN: " You can see very clearly that I started very nervous [Laughs]. But it was something that I wanted to do. If I had known previously the place and the amount of people that were there, I don't know... But, it was important and necessary". In Spain, there is a debate about the advisability or no that actors could express publicly their opinions about politics. Watson has elaborated a writ to face that situation. "It's simple. I don't make comments about politics inside the UK or any other legal issues. I only refer to international problems. Although, I don't know if I will change in the future, but it has worked until now". And this second job has given ger a "vital purpose": "It gives sense to a lot of my decisions. It's very satisfying to feel that you can reach to people and see the answer in some of their actions".
Between other associations, Watson collaborates with CAMFED International, a British NGO that works in rural areas of the african continent to educate girls; with People Tree, a fashion brand of fair commerce, and she has collected money for Global Green USA, another NGO focused in the sustainability and preservation of the environment. "However, first of all, I'm an actress, with intentions of directing one day. One step at a time, but I still have to meet directors with different sensibilities".
At six years old, Watson was already dying because of how much she wanted to act already, and that's why she attended a interpretation school in Oxford. With 10 years, she was already on the set of the first Harry Potter. "To do this job, you have to maintain a certain obsession. It's very difficult, I spend more than 200 days a year outside my home, you investigate in the life of other people while you sacrifice your own to tranform into another person... It's definitely an obsession and not a passion".
From her antepenultimate work, the Britith actress is clear about her essence, the reason she got attached to this project: "Rosemary's baby was one of Alejandro's influences to make Regression, because the film pays tribute to diverse classic, powerful references that connect with the public". And because she found a filmmaker that was able to "understand that there is a script, but there are also actors, a creator that let us contribute". Her Angela Gray, who trigged the terror and mistery that the film describes, looks enclosed at at time and place. It looks like Watson deduced quickly that it was important to understand the universal influences of the story of a girl that, in the end, it's only scared. "I started, for example, rehearsing a thick accent from Minnesota, but I ended up softening it, beacuse it could have happened in any other part of the US, and probably in the whole world".
Watson has already shot a version of Beauty and the Beast, inspired in the musical version of the Disney cartoons - "Yes, I had to sing; as an actress you can hide behind other characters, but when you sing, something stays with you inevitably, there is something pure there, and I've felt a great artistic evolution developing my voice" -; she wrapped Colonia, alongside Daniel Brühl, about the despicable Colonia Dignidad, created in Chile in the sixties - " It's my first film about politics, it was about time" - and shoots the thriller 'The Circle'. "I have finished college and have more time", which she dedicates very little to the fashion world. " I admit that when I'm not working, it doesn't interest me at all. But I understand its importance in the film industry, in the promotion of my films. And returning to the influences, I try to be consistent and when I get dressed, I choose carefully the brand. Yeah, I see the labour policies and I don't forget that even clothes have their ethics."
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