Emma Watson: 7 things you don't know about the famous actress

Unforgettable in the role of Hermione Granger.

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We haven't seen her at the cinema for 5 years now. The last film dates back to 2019 and was Greta Gerwig's Little Women. Yet we can hardly think of an actress more iconic and more rooted in popular culture than her. Certainly thanks to the 8 Harry Potter films, which offered Emma Watson immortality. Not only that: reducing the British actress to the role of Hermione Granger would mean belittling what she has done throughout her career, inside and outside the cinema. Emma Watson is in fact not just an actress. Let's find out more about who she is through these 7 incredible curiosities about her.

1. Emma Watson and that long road to landing the role of a lifetime

Let's start from the beginning, let's start with Harry Potter. The first film in the saga (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) was released in 2001, but casting began two years earlier. It seems that the young actress had convinced J.K. Rowling from the first audition, but she still had to go through 8 before officially receiving the role. Obviously, this is Emma Watson's film debut, as she was just 11 years old at the time.

2. A monochromatic career

Rather similar to that of her colleague Daniel Radcliffe, the first ten years of the British actress's career were characterized exclusively by Harry Potter. From 2001 to 2011, the year the last film in the saga was released, Emma Watson starred exclusively in the role of Hermione Granger. Only after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 did she begin to receive other offers, thus being able to begin a new part of her career.

3. Emma Watson on break from acting

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As already mentioned, Emma Watson took a break from acting in 2019, after playing Meg March in the adaptation of Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig. Why did you decide not to act anymore? Because she felt caged, as she stated. Because she found it too difficult to promote products in which her creative input was minimal. It is no coincidence that, despite taking a break from acting, Emma Watson did not remain idle. She started studying directing, she wrote a play about which little is known and she returned to Oxford University for a Master's degree. After all, since she was 11 years old she has continuously dedicated herself to acting, almost without having time to stop and reflect on what she really loves to do. Now she has carved out the time for herself. We are curious to see what the result will be.

4. After Hermione Granger there is more

Emma Watson wasn't just Hermione Granger. Indeed, of the three protagonists of the Harry Potter saga, she is the one who has certainly had the most important career at the moment. In addition to the already mentioned Little Women, Emma Watson also starred in We Are Infinity (2012), in Sofia Coppola's Bling Ring (2013), in Aronofsky's Noah (2014), and played Belle in the live-action remake of Beauty and the beast (2017), an ultra-success from Disney.

5. Not just cinema in Emma Watson's life

Since she took a break from acting, Emma Watson has dedicated herself to so many different things. But before suspending her acting career, there were many and varied things she dedicated herself to. The most important is certainly dedicated to activism. In fact, since 2014 she has been an ambassador for UN Women, an organization linked to the United Nations that fights for gender equality. With this role you have visited different parts of the world, fighting everywhere against the disparity between men and women and promoting in particular the importance of female education, especially where it is not so obvious. Her commitment also concerns women victims of violence and harassment. The huge donation of one million pounds that Watson made to a British foundation that deals with women victims of abuse dates back to 2018.

6. Emma Watson: all the awards won

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Emma Watson has won so many awards for her experience in the Harry Potter saga and beyond. In order not to list them all, we only remember one negative award for which the actress (fortunately) was only nominated. This is a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for The Circle (2017). The award for which she received the most nominations was the MTV Movie Award: the actress was nominated 14 times.

7. Emma Watson, private life

Private life is, by definition, private life, and we should be interested in it up to a certain point. The fact that a person is an actor or actress constantly in the spotlight does not give us the right to stick our noses into matters that should remain private. But the story/non-story between Emma Watson and Tom Felton has driven Harry Potter fans and others crazy for at least twenty years. The interpreter of Hermione and Draco Malfoy have a very deep relationship, as also emerged during the reunion on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the release of the first chapter of the Harry Potter saga. Emma Watson also revealed that she had a crush on her colleague after meeting him on set. Even today the two still talk often, a sign that 15 years after the end of filming, their relationship has remained strong and solid.