Watson revealed that, ironically, all the success she has enjoyed as an actor sometimes convinces her that she isn’t worthy of it.
In a lot of ways, the acting business is unlike any other. For example, in Hollywood, it is perfectly normal for massive companies to hire children to work for them. While that does make some sense, since so many shows and movies feature characters that are children, that doesn’t mean that it is a good thing. After all, so many former child stars go on to have major issues once they become adults.
Given the fact that Emma Watson became internationally famous when she was still quite young, it sadly wouldn’t be too shocking if she wasn’t very well-adjusted. Instead, based on all the information that is out there, it seems like Watson has her priorities in the right places for the most part.
Even though Emma Watson remains a hugely popular star, fans of her work may have noticed that she only seems to work sporadically. Given the fact that Watson has starred in so many hugely successful films, it should go without saying that she is the one who has chosen to put acting on the back-burner. In fact, Watson once revealed that she seriously considered giving up acting permanently.
Taking The World By Storm
Once the Harry Potter books became an absolute sensation, it was only a matter of time before they were adapted into movies. With movie producers looking to cast the first Potter film, they hit pay-dirt when Emma Watson’s Oxford theater teacher brought the young actor to their attention. Not even 10-years-old when she auditioned to play Hermione Granger, Watson’s confidence helped her to land the role. That is all the more impressive considering that J.K. Rowling once said Watson was too pretty for the role.
Once the world got to see Emma Watson play Hermione Granger on the big screen for the first time, the vast majority of people loved her in the role. After all, Watson was able to help make Granger as lovable on the big screen as she is in the books, which could have been challenging since the character easily could have been cartoonish. Going on to play Granger in eight films in total, the world got to watch Watson grow up in front of them, and she seemed to handle the spotlight extraordinarily well.
Unlike a lot of celebrities who solely seem to be interested in finding ways to advance their careers, Emma Watson has proven time and time again that she has other priorities. For example, Watson has a long history of activism when it comes to advancing women’s rights around the world. Since Watson is such a powerful voice in that area, in 2014 she was named a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.
While it is no secret that Emma Watson isn’t obsessed with her career, a lot of people don’t know that she almost gave up on acting entirely at one point. Speaking to Marie Claire in 2013, Watson revealed that when she finished filming the final Harry Potter film, she found herself at a serious crossroads. “I basically took two years out and stepped as far away from it as I could – I mean the HP films were still coming out but I took time to really try and figure out who I was and what I wanted to do. I even considered not being an actress.”
During that same interview, Watson also revealed that ironically, all the success she has enjoyed as an actor sometimes convinces her that she isn’t worthy of it. “ It’s called the impostor syndrome. It’s almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I’m just going, “Any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud, and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved. I can’t possibly live up to what everyone thinks I am and what everyone’s expectations of me are.” Here’s hoping that Watson’s fears of inadequacy have since subsided.
An Accomplished Adult Actress
Thankfully for Emma Watson fans, she wound up returning to acting after contemplating giving it up once she was done filming the final Harry Potter film. After all, she would go on to star in movies that meant a lot to people, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring.
Since the year 2015, Emma Watson has only appeared in five films in total. However, two of those films were massively successful and there is little doubt that they will go down in cinematic history. Chosen to be one of a handful of actresses who’ve played a live-action Disney princess, Watson did an excellent job playing Belle in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast. While Watson certainly wasn’t the main star of the 2019 adaptation of Little Women, she proved to be a marvelous supporting actor. Given all the meaningful films Watson starred in post-Potter, it is amazing to think that she almost missed out on being a part of them.