Emma Watson: Hermione Has “A Heart of Gold”, University Magazine Interview and Pictures


Jun 26, 2011

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UAE University Magazine has published a great interview (although seemingly conducted some months ago) with Emma Watson in which the actress talks about her role as Hermione, future projects, an “addiction” to learning and more. The Watson spoke about taking pleasure in the “little things” whilst at university, such as sitting in her dorm room eating pizza, and named Jodie Foster, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman amongst her role models, although added that she will “follow [her] own path”. The magazine included some brand new photographs from Watson’s photoshoot with Mariano Vivanco, which you can find here on the UAE University Magazine website and in our galleries shortly!

Are you scared that people will only see you as Hermione and nothing else?
It’s funny, everyone keeps asking me that. I don’t feel scared at all. She is such an amazing role, such an amazing character. I don’t really want people to forget.

But what if you play another role and people remember you as Hermione?

I hope that I’m a good enough actress that people forget. And the other thing is that I’m still growing. I’m still changing in my physical appearance and in the way that I am. So I don’t think it should be too difficult. It’s not like I’m already formed. I’m still changing, I’m still diversifying. Maybe it’s ignorance that I’m not too worried but I’m not really.

Do you miss the hair around your head?
With short hair you’ve got to be a bit bolder, there’s nothing to hide behind. So it’s made me be bolder in my fashion choices. It’s actually made me more confident as a person I think. I’m not sure why that is. But it has.

Do you remember the experience of reading and anticipating the last book?
Definitely. It’s so funny, I was going on holiday the day that the last book was released. They were sending me a copy but I didn’t get it cause I wasn’t at home. So I was queuing in the airport for the book. I remember someone spotting me in the queue going “are you Emma Watson? Are you queuing for the Harry Potter book?” “Yes”. It was quite surreal really. I was dying¦I couldn’t really wait until they send it to me. I just had to have it the minute I could get my hands on it.

What do you think of your dancing scene with Harry that is not in the book?
I think that it’s important cause the film is so intense. From the opening scene, it’s intense and all the way through until the end. So without that scene there wouldn’t be much reprieve. It’s a nice break. But it’s also nice to see Harry tender and caring towards Hermione, just showing how nice a boy-girl friendship can be.

Watson also mentioned that she definitely “hopes” to be called an action heroine after the last film and agreed with Daniel Radcliffe’s assessment of filming some of the action scenes, with Emma describing filming as:

A bit scary at times. We didn’t really have much training or much warning sometimes. As much as they can prepare you or put stunt doubles in there, there’s a certain amount that you have to do yourself. You can’t get away from doing nothing. I guess that was scary. I threw myself off the top of a vault onto the back of a dragon. But it meant that I was doing a sort of¦I mean I had crash mats. I don’t want to exaggerate, 20 or 30 foot drop. I just had to dive off into my stomach. [...] Your body’s saying “no,no,no!” And you have to just do it. And the pyrotechnics. There were lots of bangs and explosions. When there’s one fight, to get those sparks and stuff they plant pyrotechnics everywhere and I was terrified that I was gonna¦if you run the wrong way or you go in the wrong direction or whatever, you have to be very¦you gotta act at the same time as being aware of where all of them are whilst remaining on camera whilst¦and you’re just like “Oh God, please don’t let¦” You just hope you’re not gonna screw up really.

Emma finished up the interview with an explanation for her choice to study, commenting, “I just love learning. I’m like addicted to learning. I just want to know as much as I possibly can. It’s never enough for me. And I’ll never stop. I just really love knowledge. Addicted!”

Read the full interview at this link.

30 Responses to Emma Watson: Hermione Has “A Heart of Gold”, University Magazine Interview and Pictures

Avatar ImageEve13 says: That would be pretty scary having to those stunts! First comment!Avatar ImageEve13 says: I meant to say "having to do those stunts".Avatar ImageEve13 says: I miss her having long hair :(Avatar ImageRhemas says: Wow but the dance seen was so not neccesary unless you had doubts about a "spark" with Harry/Hermoine. It was perfect timing for that, otherwise not needed. Regarding her future career, break a leg dear girl. Best of luck and cheers! I will be looking forward to it.Avatar ImageRubeusHagrid says: Interesting...I suppose.Avatar Imagesboyer06 says: haha she sounds just like the real hermoine in the books!!! She looks so strange with short hair though. i was totally shocked the first time i saw her new do!Avatar ImageGinnnygal says: She will forever be my rolemodel.Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: This was supposed to be a magazine about/for university students? That's a depressing thought, as the interview was so horribly edited - about the level of a student newspaper.Avatar Imagelauren77 says: shes so REAL!!!!! I love how she is so much like hermione but then so different, its like they could be sisters. I love her hair! (well maybe i like it cuz its just like mine) :)Avatar ImageEmmasquared says: I love her <3 Always has been and always will be my role model. :)Avatar Imagedobbyzgirl says: wow. She is Hermione. But no matter what i will follow her whereeverAvatar ImageHelloWorld says: She's so raw. It's great because with everything, her fame, money, etc, she could get away with the typical answer but she never does. <3 her. Avatar ImageHelloWorld says: She's so raw. It's great because with everything, her fame, money, etc, she could get away with the typical answer but she never does. <3 her. Avatar ImageMargyA says: What a wonderful talented truthful young lady she is. Honesty and integrity follow her wherever she is. Great article. I think Emma is so lucky that she can wear her hair both long and short. She has a beautiful face and can definitely get away with wearing it short. Love it. Pure Sass.....Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Emma is so much like Hermione, and after playing her for 10 years you can see how the two people have melded into one. She's just so great! I would never be brave enough to cut all my hair off like she did, I freak out at losing an inch! But she looks wonderful with it short. :)Avatar Imagehandhrfan18 says: it must feel weird not having her long hair though. i am glad she is maturing and find who she is and working on other projects! she must be having soo much fun and growing stronger now that she is out of her comfort zone :]Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Very nice interview...Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: I love how they ask about the dancing scene and all the stunts! (: Emma's replies are so amazing and beautiful that she is genuinely down to earth! =]Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: Interesting .. Avatar Imagewiz witch says: It's funny cause when she was in the first Harry Potter movie she looked totally different than she does at the final movie. :)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: She is an amazing role model and we couldn't have had anyone better play Hermione!Avatar ImageDobbys-socks says: i love emma, she just dances to her own beat.Avatar Imagehermioneginnyluna says: Good for her. She's such an amazing person.Avatar ImageResaPotter says: I miss her hair so much!But she looks really grown up!Avatar ImageLily Evans30 says: Emma is amazing. Haha that sounds funny to me because my name is Emma... ;) Avatar ImageFree Elf says: She seems very honest and very real, as lauren77 says. I think she will always be famous for her role as Hermione, but she is a good enough actress to break away from that label and become a character of her own.Avatar Imagecha_granger says: Emma = Hermione. I can't help myself to see it that way.Avatar ImageHarrypotterultrafan says: Such ana amazing role model! <3Avatar ImagePotterPants says: Bold is key! I may want to cut my hair now hahahaAvatar Imagesocernet says: How rare. I am actually a few years older than Emma but I still find myself looking up to her. It is so rare to find such a self assured yet humble young actress. Good for her! I hope to see more of her on screen.

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