WOMEN CRUSH WEDNESDAY: Emma Watson
Having recently celebrated her 27th birthday, it's pretty amazing everything that Emma Watson has accomplished already. Just yesterday Interview Magazine published a wonderfully genuine interview with Watson by fellow actor and friend Jessica Chastain where they discussed the importance of making mistakes, Watson's social justice work, and the importance of authenticity. I loved this article and despite Watson specifically calling out the pressures of being a role model, she absolutely made me admire her even more. Check out this link to read the full interview.
From the tender age of six, Emma Watson knew that she wanted to be an actor. She was born in Paris, but was brought up in Oxfordshire where she began her early training. She studied dancing, singing, and acting in the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. Through connections there, she was able to audition for the part of a lifetime: Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter series. Believe it or not, this was her first professional acting role; her previous experience being in school plays. After eight auditions, Watson had the part. People loved her fearlessness and confidence and J. K. Rowling had approved of her from the very first screen test. By the age of nine, Watson had a dream role that would last for 8 films, span a decade of work, and educated all of us on the correct pronunciation of "wingardium leviosa."
After Harry Potter, Emma Watson took some away from acting to finish her education. She studied at Oxford and graduated from Brown University with a degree in English Literature in 2014.
Often being singled out for her superb performances throughout the Harry Potter series, it was no wonder that Watson was able to obtain more roles and broaden her characters and film themes. Not every film after the Harry Potter series was a huge box office success, but each lead to her being able to depart from her childhood role and expand her acting career. Other films include The Tale of Despereaux (voice, 2008), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), The Bling Ring (2013), Noah (2014), Beauty and the Beast (2017), and the soon-to-be-released thriller The Circle.
Aside from her very successful acting career, Emma Watson also has had a strong lure to the world of fashion. She's modeled for Burberry and Lancôme and in 2005 became the youngest celebrity to grace the cover Teen Vogue. But her interest in fashion does not end with her merely in front of the camera, but in the design studio as well. Emma Watson has done several collaborations including in 2009 becoming a creative adviser for the Fair Trade brand People Tree. She worked on two collections with them that were inspired by London and Southern France. More recently, Watson is collaborating with New York brand ZADY--an ethical brand that will be using natural fibres, no toxic dyes, and quality treatment of animals at the farms that they use. She's creating a chic, modern capsule collection that will be available for purchase in October later this year. Until then, Watson is posting photos of her wearing the completely sustainable collection promoting pre-orders. On top of being a sustainable line, the collaboration with ZADY will be cut and sewn in New York with fairly treated labor. From what I've see so far, I would love every piece of this collection--it's perfect for the modern professional.
As if all of this isn't enough to make Emma Watson one of the most admirable celebrities of our time, she also is a huge advocate for social justice. After becoming a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, she gave a pivotal speech about the importance of feminism from both men and women and the taboo surrounding the word itself. With the speech, she launched HeForShe, a solidarity campaign that encourages both men and women to work towards the advancement of women. Gender equality affects everyone, and it's no longer a fight by women alone.
Actor. Model. Designer. Feminist. Emma Watson has only begun her work.