ISH knows…I chose Emma Watson because of the intellect, wisdom, humility, ambition, & amazing persona she displayed in this Vogue interview along with how articulate she was in it. Her taste in art and ability to have an educated conversation on this matter is also beautiful. I love how classy she conducts herself while maintaining a feminist and independent edge.
Given her tremendous success, busy work schedule, and independent state of mind, one would doubt she has love or relationships on her mind. But, she’s a romantic at heart:
“I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love—and it being more important and special than anything and everything else.” When Emma does eventually meet the right man, she hopes they will be able to keep the relationship out of the spotlight. “I would love to not date someone in the same industry as me. Otherwise it becomes what it means to everyone else.”
This makes her so endearing to me. The problem I see numerous career-driven women in today’s society is maintaining that hunger to achieve their goals while not losing a sense of femininity and desire to love and feel emotionally satisfied. Some women unfortunately fall into this hole where they take on a masculine person (as defined by mainstream U.S. society) where they push aside love and relationships in pursuit of their dreams and goals. Emma Watson seems grounded on finding that balance amongst nurturing one’s muse, ambitious desires, and emotional needs.
I recommend you read that interview I posted above. It’s very motivating, especially for folks who proactively seek to tap into their creative muse and look to keep pushing out of their comfort zones, especially in their career ambitions. It pushes one to make no excuses and keep moving forward to take over the world and follow all your dreams, as cliche as it sounds.
I especially love her tremendous work ethic and how she refuses to be confined by the “bubble” she has lived in given the fact that she’s been in a multi-billion dollar franchise in Harry Potter:
Emma struggled valiantly to fit everything into her life, becoming increasingly exhausted, until over Christmas advisors at Brown suggested that she take a leave of absence, a turn of events Yates was not surprised by. “My only concern for her is that she puts too many demands on herself. For someone of her age, she is relentless in what she does. Even when we were shooting The Deathly Hallows, on her day off I would see her doing press for a fashion house or having meetings about her fashion line. And I would say to her, ‘Emma, do you ever stop? You’ve just got to stop.’ ” Far from stopping, she has also revisited her old “playground” in the makeup trailer. In April, Emma signed a contract with Lancôme to promote its new fragrance Trésor Midnight Rose.
The honesty in her answers and portrayal were striking. As aforementioned, she knows she has lived in a bubble and is looking to fight against this to learn who she truly is, like any other young person. Some might contend she is a brat for complaining after having made millions of dollars from her acting career. This argument is flawed because she started at the young age of 9. One has to look at the issue via her perspective. Her adolescence was essentially lost the minute she became part of the massively successful Harry Potter franchise. One has to realize money is NOT everything, and, she clearly sees this. I commend her so much for this:
“I have had no control over my life,” she blurts out. “I have lived in a complete bubble. They found me and picked me for the part. And now I’m desperately trying to find my way through it.”
Numerous child stars get trapped in the Hollywood “bubble” and do not make it out alive (metaphorically speaking; in some cases literally). It is highly noteworthy that she realizes she has not led a normal life and wants to fight this and create her own persona. In doing this, she is doing exactly what any young twenty year old is doing: finding themselves and fighting against those issues one feels are limiting from their true persona and potential.
Various people underestimate the value of having the ability to walk out and enjoy a day. She cannot do that given her fame. Once the Harry Potter franchise blew up, she essentially also lost her adolescence and freedom to do as she pleases because it became work, work, work. The ability to make one’s own decisions and choose one’s own path are invaluable to every person. She lost much of this in the hoopla and everyday grind of filming for these films. But, given the beauty of free will, she is now making strides to reach her true potential and show the world who the real Emma Watson is. She understands there is more to life than just one’s career and money. Instead of complaining about those experiences she missed out on, she’s proactively seeking new challenges and making up for that lost time. And, this is what makes her truly beautiful.