Emma Watson Discusses Life at Brown University, Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, and More

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Nov 27, 2010

Posted by: Mel

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The Daily Mail has a new article about Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), where she discusses many things, among them her experience thus far at Brown University:

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On
the first day at her US university – chosen over Cambridge because the
latter was ‘a bit Hogwarts-looking’ – Emma Watson was bombarded by
autograph hunters.

She was caught so unawares that she
couldn’t contain her shock: ‘Everyone looked at me horrified, like, “Oh
my God, what’s wrong with her?”‘

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So
how did she deal with the unwanted autograph hunters, once she had
overcome her initial shock? In typical Emma Watson (and Hermione) style,
it appears – with quiet determination.

She dusted herself down
and decided that she would proceed as planned, on her terms. ‘I just
said, “I’m really sorry, but I’m here to study and I just want to be a
student. Would it be OK if I don’t sign, because you’ll be seeing me
around all the time anyway?”‘

The fact that she has now
completed her first year of studies is clearly something of a triumph,
not least, she admits, because not a single shot of her in the shared
uni bathroom has made its way onto the internet.

‘One morning
I was walking down the corridor from the bathroom in just a towel and I
thought I must be mad, anyone could just snap me,’ she says, laughing.
‘But no one did. Not even when I had my birthday party. 100 people came,
and not one person put a picture on Facebook.’

Watson also discusses how she thinks Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) have changed since she first met them, and the differences in her relationship with both of them:

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She remains close to both Rupert and Daniel, and seems bemused by how they have both developed.

‘It’s
funny, they’ve both gone completely opposite ways. At the beginning
Rupert was very confident, really chatty, very outgoing, and Dan was
the quiet shy one.

‘I remember at the first press
conference, he was so overwhelmed by the whole thing. Now, you can’t
shut Dan up. He’s telling jokes, he’s got this incredible energy.
Rupert’s gone quiet. He’s much more reserved.

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‘We are like siblings. If I’m feeling a bit anxious or I need to talk
something over with someone, Dan’s the one I’ll go to. We had this
great weekend once. We were stuck in the middle of nowhere in Scotland
in this castle.

‘We were both meant to be in bed and I sneaked into Dan’s room and
stayed up watching movies all night, drinking Coke and eating M&Ms
from the minibar.

‘Rupert’s the guy I go to when I want to
be relaxed and have a good laugh. His dressing room is like a child’s
wonderland with every kind of game, every kind of sweet, every kind of
whatever you can imagine. I go to him if I want to snuggle up on the
sofa and watch television.’

Watson also talks about the adult actors on the set of Harry Potter and what she learned from them:


She cites Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson as her role models.

‘I
learned from Emma how to behave on a set. She remembers everyone’s
name, she’s incredibly courteous and considerate, and she makes everyone
laugh.

‘It’s up to the leading actors and actresses to set
the tone on a film set, and the first time I saw Emma I remember
thinking, “That’s the kind of actress I want to be.”‘

Indeed,
when filming finished, Emma Watson bought all the crew members a
Smythson leather notebook engraved with her thanks and a quote from
Dickens: ‘The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.’
Emma Thompson would surely have approved.

style=”overflow: hidden; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;”>Further on in the article Watson talks about the TV shows she watches to relax, her haircut, and juggling her schoolwork and her acting. You can read the rest of the article here. Thanks very much to Bea for the tip!





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