Thursday, May 21, 2015

Let's talk about: Emma Watson

Emma Watson was born April 15, 1990 in Paris, France but to English parents (both lawyers). 
When she was five her family moved back to England, settling in Oxfordshire. 
She attended the Dragon school, a renowned prep school in Oxford until 2001 when she went on to Headington school, a private all-girls school until 2006. 
She graduated from Brown University with an AB in English Literature on May 25, 2014. 

From the age of six, Emma already knew she wanted to be an actress. 
She trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. There she learned acting, dancing, and singing. After a few years she had played lead in many of their productions. 

When casting began for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1999, she was discovered by the casting agents through her Oxford theatre teacher. 
She had eight auditions before David Heyman told her that she would be cast as Hermione. 
 Emma won the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film for her performance in this movie. 
After the release of the film she continued to play the role of Hermione Granger in the following Harry Potter films.

She has gone on to be in a handful of movies and there is no doubt that she has a promising career ahead of her. 

Emma has promoted education for girls and this included visits to Bangladesh and Zambia. 
In July of 2014 she was appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. 
In September of 2014 she delivered a speech at the UN headquarters in New York City to help launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe
HeForShe calls on men to advocate for gender equality.
The HeForShe feminism campaign is unlike the others out there. It struck a chord with many people and immediately there was support from many well known men tweeting pictures holding signs that said HeForShe (including Tom Hiddleston).

However it also resulted in her receiving threats which she said left her "raging... if they were trying to put me off of doing this work, it did the opposite."

At 25 years old she was placed as number 26 on the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people. 

Emma has stated that she writes in her journal every night and has at least 30 journals and that she is a major bookworm. 

As for my favorite Emma performances, they all start with the words "Harry Potter". 
I have seen her in a few of her other films and while she is always good in her roles none of them have come close to her portrayal of Hermione Granger to me. 
She plays Hermione exactly the way I imagined when I was reading each book for the first time. 

Although, I have to say I am SO excited to see her play my very favorite princess, Belle, in the upcoming live action movie of Beauty and the Beast. I think she was the perfect choice for this role!

I am really excited to see where Emma will go as she gets older. I have a feeling she will be one of those celebrities that we will still be talking about in 20 years and beyond.


The Kings said...

I really like her and after reading your selection on her I like her even more! I am looking forward to Beauty and the Beast...but for right now she will always be Hermione!

cheryl said...

Yes. She really will be. Because she played her so well!

Donna said...

She is beautiful and I love her speaking voice. I am so excited too that she's going to be playing Belle. I can't wait for that movie. And the Beast will be played by Matthew, a.k.a. Dan Stevens, which is so awesome!

cheryl said...

I know! Beauty and the Beast is shaping up to have pretty much the most perfect cast ever assembled! I can't wait to see it. Pretty sure I will be hitting the theater opening night!