Emma Watson's new role: (almost a) college grad
Emma Watson is tired, but you'd never know it. The British actress, elegant in Jason Wu, is immaculately polite and brightly eloquent. It's her first time at Toronto's movie festival, but she's seen neither the city, nor any films."I'm flying out tonight. It's been a crazy whirlwind," says Watson, late Sunday afternoon. "I haven't left the hotel. I left the hotel to go to the premiere and then came back here to do more press. It's crazy but it's all good."
The actress plays a high school student in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In real life, Watson is about to finish her college degree; she's attending Brown University.
"I have a semester left. I'm awfully close. The plan is that I graduate by the summer," she says.
Her American accent in Perks is nearly flawless. So too is her performance, as a the anti-Hermione, a vibrant, confused, somewhat lost and always loving senior who befriends a depressed freshman.
"I was super-anxious about doing this movie because I have no person American high school experience from which I could draw. I felt at a real disadvantage. Logan and Ezra knew what prom was all about, and Homecoming. I worked with a voice coach. I asked a lot of questions," says Watson. "I wish someone had given me this book at age 13 or 14, before I went into dating. It has some real gems of wisdom in there. I really wanted to be part of this movie and this book and message."
Does she ever feel like she missed out on anything by spending her teen years shooting the Harry Potter franchise?
"I don't live my like that. My life is different and it's taken on a very different shape. It's not worse. Just different. There are parts of me that are very old and parts of me that are very young."
Here's the link to her VF interview - won' embed:
“This is what Emma does, she’ll take her script and she’ll turn it into a project. And by the end she has written so many notes about her motivation and everything else that you are worried that she is a serial killer.” - Stephen Chbosky