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Emma Watson Grows Up: How the Young Actress Went from Hermione Granger to Hollywood It Girl

Emma Watson is about to overwhelm Hollywood and beyond. Most famous as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, the 22-year-old British actress will have major roles in the teen flick The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated Noah, based on the biblical tale.

Watson is Hollywood’s smart, strong-willed, sophisticated actress with the maturity and ambition to choose three-dimensional female characters that both fit and challenge her. Having balanced her career with her studies and her private life, she is the ultimate role model for our generation of determined young women. Watson is not just another child star - she will be huge in films, fashion, and the "four or five" careers she plans to pursue. 

Watson is so effortlessly elegant, calm, and composed. Her dainty, feminine bone structure, dark, straight brows, and wide brown eyes are seriously beautiful. Her refined taste for fashion and passion for the arts conveys a heightened sense for aesthetics, proving she is truly full of beauty. In photos, she lets her most natural expression speak for itself - a focused gaze at the photographer or to someone else outside the frame. 



The name Emma means whole, universal, and strong. The British actress joins a long line of famous Emma’s, from the clever, strong-willed Jane Austen character to the passionate, adventurous Madame Bovary. These famous literary characters are strangely harmonious with her film roles: Hermione is a bossy know-it-all who is always prepared for school and beyond; Sam from Perks of Being a Wallflower is intelligent, motivated, mature, and the strong-willed love interest to the protagonist, whom she leads through adolescence; Ballet Shoes and The Tale of Despereaux are both based on books; she is rumored to be starring as bookworm Belle in Guillermo del Toro’s Beauty and the Beast. Her other movies, such as Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring and My Week With Marilyn, are based on incredible real-life stories. Watson’s choices reflect her ability to recognize real characters very much like herself - confident, intelligent, yet tender young women - in the richest of narratives. Playing the love interest of one of Noah's sons will surely be her most canonical role yet.



Watson puts her mind to whatever she decides to do. She knew she wanted to be an actress since age six. Early on as a teen, she declared she would continue her education, take her exams, and attend university. (She studied on the Harry Potter set, aced her A-levels college entrance exams, and is now majoring in history at Brown). At age 19, she declared her dream is to be a “Renaissance woman,” as she loves acting, painting, writing, style, art history, and literature. She famously chopped off her hair two weeks after the final Harry Potter film, symbolically separating herself from her childhood role. She was in control of her maturation into adulthood. Watson is the type of person who is excellent at everything.



Thoughtfully pausing before speaking in interviews, Watson doesn’t seek attention. She is quiet, almost reserved about her private life. At movie premieres, she faces away from the camera and looks over her shoulder. Often she isn't looking at the camera, but seems completely full of thought. She's elusive, but she is not intentionally mysterious for dramatic effect, as Angelina Jolie seems to be. Watson knows she is famous, but acts as if no one is watching. The style icon wears fancy high-style couture, but favors a simple white or cream color and calls her trademark “drama whilst looking understated”; the actress focuses entirely on whatever project or whichever interviewer is in front of her. Such natural composure conveys a maturity and groundedness beyond her youth. 

As extraordinary as she is, Watson is also normal. Or, at least she tries to be - which is just as likeable. She is the daughter of two lawyers. She gets picked up by her mom at the airport. She tweets excited little comments on everything from Noah to the weather. “The snow is pretty but am I going to be able to get out tonight?!” she tweeted on December 10th.



She is the face of Burberry, the iconic British luxury brand known for their classic trench coats and bags. Yet the high-class fashion is not exclusively British or inaccessible; the tartan pattern is one of the most widely recognized in the world. As the face of Lancôme, Watson joins her favorite actress Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway, and Penelope Cruz - all incredibly talented yet popular actresses. She attaches herself to luxurious, yet recognizable brands and actresses that star in everything from Oscar-winning films to romantic comedies. Her endorsements reinforce her image as a high-quality talent that everyone can love. 



As she works with Aronofsky on Noah, we can’t help comparing her to Natalie Portman. The Academy Award-winning actress of Black Swan herself said attended Harvard because she’d "rather be smart than a movie star" and chooses well-rounded female roles. In fact, Watson has said that the American actress is her model for staying true to herself. “I don't want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself. I want to avoid becoming too styled and too "done" and too generic. You see people as they go through their career and they just become more and more like everyone else. They start out with something individual about them but it gets lost,” Watson said.



Watson has nothing to worry about. The powerhouse she has decided to be is here to stay.

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