Emma Watson shot to stardom at the tender age of 11 – years – old playing Hermione Granger for 10 years in the screen adaptions of the Harry Potter novels. But after filming the last installment in the movie franchise in 2011, the actress took time out the limelight to pursue her studies at university.
The Bling Ring star has confessed that she soon started questioning her ability to act again and whether if she could continue to carve out a career in acting after playing Hermione.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she explained:
“For a while I kind of bought into the hype of, ‘Will they ever be able to play anything else? It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while.”
Emma revealed that it was then after a comment from one of her professor’s that boosted her confidence and determination to get back into acting:
“A professor told me that they didn’t think I should act, either. So I was really grappling with it and wasn’t feeling good about it. And then, I don’t know… it got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started pi**ing me off.
“I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way. I’m not sure why that shift happened.”
The 23-year-old credits her ‘comeback’ movie when she read the script for her 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which inspired her return to the silver screen:
“Falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me.”
She added: “I stopped intellectualising it, and it became much more instinctual. I just got the bug and got very driven all of a sudden, which I really wasn’t before. But I’m so happy. It’s all felt very new to me, really.”
The Bling Ring is in cinemas now.