Emma Watson admits she battled to separate herself from Hermione Granger
Emma Watson has been chatting about the role that made her a star - Hermione Granger in 'Harry Potter' - and how she struggled to find her own identity afterwards
Emma Watson has been chatting about the role that made her a star - Hermione Granger in 'Harry Potter' - and how she struggled to find her own identity afterwards.
Emma Watson. Pic/Santa Banta
She said: "I started reading Harry Potter when I was 8 - I just really identified with her. I was the girl in school whose hand shot up to answer the questions.
"I was really eager to learn in an uncool way. In a super uncool way, actually..."
It was such a delicate time - I was 10 or 11 when the first movie came out - I was trying to figure out what my own identity was, but I didn't really have one yet.
"At first I was really trying to say, 'I'm not like Hermione. I'm into fashion and I'm much cooler than she is,' and then I came to a place of acceptance."
Emma has recently announced she is taking a break from films to focus on her "personal development".
She is planning to spend her new-found free time reading one book every week and studying.
Emma Watson reveals reason for giving up acting as Harry Potter star turns her back on movies. The 25-year-old also wants to focus on feminism in her year out from Hollywood.
She is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and works with the United Nations HeForShe gender-equality project. Emma might also find time for her new boyfriend, reported to be a computer whizz from California, William Knight, known as Mack.