"Feeling the heat."
Call her a pressure-cooker, because that's how Emma Watson describes the temperature stepping into the shoes of another widely celebrated character who originated on the page.
Only a year removed from the decade-long journey that was her embodiment of Hermione in the "Harry Potter" series, Watson's first major role out of Hogwarts is Sam, the magnetic, free-spirited object of the angst-filled Charlie's affections in the film adaptation of Steven Chbosky's coming-of-age favorite "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
"I was like, 'Why am I doing this to myself again?,'" Watson laughs about the burden that comes with playing a beloved book creation. It helped that Watson's friends at Brown University egged her on, as she explains in the exclusive video interview above.
Not that author-turned-director Chbosky had ridiculously high expectations: "Sam is my hope for every young girl in the world. Doesn’t matter where you come from, doesn’t matter what you go through, you can turn anything into a beautiful life. You can turn any past into a great love. And be free." Okay, scratch that.
So, "Potter," "Perks" … what's the next book for Watson to conquer? Chbosky suggests The Bible.
"I would play Noah's daughter," Watson jokes.
Hey, we could see it.