Actress Emma Watson describes waiting by the phone to hear if she got the role as Hermoine in the Harry Potter films, her youthful impatience with schoolyard crushes, and her character in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring.
Released on 6/20/2013
The first movie that I saw
that made an impression me, was Pretty Woman.
So I probably know most of Julia's lines in that movie.
Probably saw that when I was seven.
Which is really inappropriate.
I had played a swallow in The Prince and the Swallow.
I played an angry cook in Alice in Wonderland.
I played a witch Arthur in the Early Years.
That was my like, whole acting career
before I got the role as Hermione in Harry Potter, so.
I was nine.
I loved learning my lines.
I was completely obsessive,
and I would do it over, and over, and over again.
Funny enough, in the first Harry Potter film,
if you watch carefully in some scenes, you can see me
mouthing Harry and Ron's lines, as well as my own.
Because that's just what I was like.
I was crazy.
I ended up doing eight auditions to get my role.
I auditioned with maybe
three or four different sets of Harrys.
I would just literally sit by the telephone,
and wait to get a phone call,
and sometimes it would be weeks.
I learned my lesson then that like,
if you're waiting for something to come, it never comes.
The phone call always came when I was out of the house.
And they called in to, the producer,
David Heyman's very pristine white office.
He said, we just wanted to tell you that
you are the preferred candidate for the role of Hermione.
And I remember thinking,
what does the preferred candidate mean?
Within about half an hour they'd taken a photograph
of Dan, Rupert and I, which was then broadcast
on the Internet, of the three of use who've been cast.
We moved straight into a hotel.
There were press outside our houses.
It was like, this crazy whirlwind,
like something from a movie.
Whether I'd been cast as Hermione or not,
I was always a very serious child.
I remember being like, 13, and girls being like,
Felicity is gonna kiss Ben on the school fields.
It's amazing I had any friends, because
I just remember saying, well that's stupid.
It's too young to mean anything.
He doesn't love her,
and that's just a waste of time.
Drinking, or being sexy, or smoking.
Never really held any
allure or excitement for me.
I wanted to wear a sports bra up until
I was like 22, I couldn't care less.
So I guess I've just never been in a terrible rush
to grow up or be seen as a woman all of a sudden.
Bling Ring is the first role when, you know, gosh.
Nicki is so different to me.
How do I try and understand a young woman
who loves these things so much,
that she's prepared to commit crimes
in order to have them?
Trying to make sure that Nicki wasn't a parody
was my biggest challenge.
The costumes were amazing.
The low-cut Juicy Couture,
and the skin tight dresses.
I would say to the costume, I'm like,
oh, we can see a bra strap here,
we need to do something about this.
She's like, mo sweetie.
Nicki's all about the bra strap showing.
I'm like, right, okay.
What did I keep?
I don't know.
Things that I feel like will be the most iconic of Nicki
will be her tramp stamp.
And I can't really keep a tramp stamp.
It was a lotus flower,
kind of like a Buddhist symbol,
just above her butt crack.
It was great.
I think when it finally started to hit home
that I was really famous, I sort of lived in denial
for as long as I possibly could,
telling myself, oh, I'm like famous for like,
two weeks of the year,
when the Harry Potter movie comes out,
and then everyone forgets about who I am.
Up until the age of 18, I would take the Oxford Tube,
which is a public bus up and down from London.
It got to the point where,
the fact that I was on the bus
would spread from one end to the other,
and it would just start to get totally crazy.
And I would be like, why am I doing this to myself?
It probably wasn't advisable to go to college
and room with a complete stranger,
who I had no idea who they were.
And to share a bathroom with like eight other people.
That was my rebellion in a funny way,
was my insistence to be normal and do normal things.
Everyday was a new day, and I just had to see how it went.