Emma Watson

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 9/25/2014

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Starring: Emma Watson

Transcript

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The first movie that I saw
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that made an impression on me
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was Pretty Woman.
00:09
So, I probably know most of Julia's lines in that movie.
00:14
I first saw it when I was seven,
00:16
which is really inappropriate.
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I had played a swallow in The Prince and the Swallow.
00:21
I played an angry cook in Alice in Wonderland.
00:24
I played a witch in Arthur the Early Years.
00:27
That was like my whole acting career
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before I got the role as Hermione in Harry Potter, so.
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I was nine.
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I loved learning my lines.
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I was completely obsessive,
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and I would do it over, and over, and over again.
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Funnily enough, in the first Harry Potter film,
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if you watch carefully in some scenes,
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you can see me mouthing Harry and Ron's lines,
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as well as my own
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because that's just what I was like.
00:51
I was crazy.
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I ended up doing eight auditions
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to get my role.
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I auditioned with maybe
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three or four different sets of Harrys.
01:00
I would, just literally, like sit
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by the telephone, and wait to get a phone call.
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And sometimes it would be weeks.
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I learned my lesson then
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that if you're waiting for something to come,
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it never comes.
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The phone call always came when I was out of the house.
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Always.
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And they called me into
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the producer David Heyman's pristine white office.
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He said,
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we just wanted to tell you that
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you are the preferred candidate
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for the role of Hermione,
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and I remember thinking,
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what does preferred candidate mean?
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Within about half an hour,
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they'd taken a photograph of Dan, Rupert, and I
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which was then broadcast on the internet
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that the three of us had been cast.
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We moved straight into a hotel.
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There were press outside our house.
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It was like this crazy whirlwind.
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Like something from a movie.
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Whether I'd been cast as Hermione or not,
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I was always a very serious child.
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I remember being 13 and girls being like
01:58
Felicity is gonna kiss Ben on the school fields.
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It's amazing I had any friends
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because I just remember saying,
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well that's stupid.
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It's too young to mean anything,
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he doesn't love her,
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and that's just a waste of, you know like
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Drinking, or being sexy,
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or smoking
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it never really held any...
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allure
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or excitement for me.
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I wanted to wear a sports bra
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up until I was like 22.
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I couldn't care less.
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So, I guess I've just never been
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in a terrible rush to grow up,
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or be seen as a woman all of a sudden.
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Bling Ring is the first role when,
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you know,
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gosh.
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Nicki is so different to me.
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How do I try and understand a young woman
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who loves these things so much
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that she's prepared to commit crimes
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in order to have them.
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Trying to make sure that Nicki
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wasn't like a parody
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was my biggest challenge.
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The costumes were amazing.
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The low-cut Juicy Couture,
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and the skintight dresses.
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I would say to the costumer,
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I'm like, oh we can see a bra strap here
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we need to do something about this.
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She's like no sweetie.
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Nicki's all about the bra strap showing.
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I'm like right.
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Okay.
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Different mindset, okay.
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What could I keep?
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I don't know.
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Things that I feel like will be the most iconic
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of Nicki will be her tramp stamp,
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and I can't really.
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I can't really keep a tramp stamp.
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It was a lotus flower.
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Kind of like a Buddhist symbol
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just above her butt crack.
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It was great.
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Really classy.
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I think when it finally started to hit home
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that I was really famous.
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I sort of lived in denial for as long
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as I possibly could.
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Telling myself,
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oh I'm like famous for two weeks of the year
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when the Harry Potter movie comes out,
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and then everyone forgets about who I am.
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Up until the age of 18,
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I would take the Oxford 2,
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which is a public bus
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up and down from London.
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It got to the point where the fact
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that I was on the bus would spread
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from one end to the other,
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and it would just start to get totally crazy.
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And I'd be like why,
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why am I doing this to myself.
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It probably wasn't advisable to go to college,
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and room with a complete stranger
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who I had no idea who they were,
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or like you know,
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and to share a bathroom with eight other people.
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That was my rebellion in a funny way,
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was my insistence to be normal,
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and do normal things.
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Everyday was a new day,
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and I just had see how it went.