Emma Watson made a name for herself playing the role of Hermione in the international success of the Harry Potter franchise.
Since then, she has appeared in other films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Beauty and the Beast, and even got involved in charity work.
But things could have been very different, and at one point, at the height of Potter’s popularity, Emma actually wanted to quit the show for some reason that couldn’t be more Hermione-esque.
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Emma, 31, started her role in Harry Potter in 1999 at the age of 9. So she quickly had to get used to balancing her studies and her work as an actress.
And she did that for almost 10 years, but when she finished her high school diploma and was preparing for college, she had a decision to make.
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Despite having an astronomical income by the time she was ready for college thanks to the success of the films, Emma, like Hermione, was so focused on her education that she was ready to leave the franchise.
Speaking to Glamor, David Heyman, who produced the Potter films, said: “Emma, in particular, was quite academic and was very keen to continue her education and struggled a bit more than the others.
“So every time there was a negotiation, it wasn’t a [matter], it was really about “Do I wanna be a part of this?” “
But Emma’s temptation to move away from acting could also be due at least in part to her disillusionment with the celebrity who had to deal with it from an early age.
Speaking to Vanity Fair looking back on the time of great fame, she said, “I walked down the red carpet and went to the bathroom. I had so much makeup and those big, fluffy, loose dresses.
“I put my hands on the sink, looked at myself in the mirror and said: who is this? “I didn’t connect with the person watching me, and it was a very unsettling feeling.”
Luckily for Potter fans, Emma decided to take a year off between A-levels and college, which allowed her to film The Deathly Hallows Part One and Two.
She then went to Brown University in America to study English Literature where she graduated with a BA in 2014.
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