Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Emma Watson at the 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' press conference in London [October 25, 2005]

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Who would be your dream Yule Ball date?
Emma: I cannot think of anyone in particular.

How have things changed since you made the first film?
Emma: It felt like I didn't have to act at times. I know Hermione so well. There's so much of her in me, and me in her that it feels like I'm barely doing anything sometimes. It's been wonderful and I'm very fond of Hermione's character. She's turning into someone that people can identify with and she's a great role model.
David Heyman (producer): It's funny to hear her say that she didn't even have to act. When we took the first readings on the first film, she was not so confident to play Hermione.
Emma: It's true!

How much do you think you have matured along with your character and did you make many suggestions to Mike Newell [the director] in terms of your own acting?
Emma: I think one of the great things about Mike was that he really treated us like adults and he gave us the responsibility. I remember sometimes I would say: "Just tell me how to do it! Please just tell me, I can't do it. I can't get this right." And he was like: "I can't tell you and I'm not going to tell you how to do it. It's got to come from you." He guided and directed us. I think I've definitely, definitely learned a lot from Mike.

How did you get your copy of HBP?
Emma: I queued up like everyone else. And I managed to finish it in three days! I loved it! I got involved with the story, you know? And I felt at times that Hermione and Ron have to get together. They have been in this spiel for so long ... that would be the only suggestion for the future. (laughs)

What music/bands do you like?
Emma: The most recent CD I bought was Imogen Heap. My music is split into what I like listening to and what I like dancing to. I like listening to mellow stuff like Damien Rice and the last one from Natalie Imbruglia. She is very good! I like dancing to hip hop.

What's next for you?
Emma: One of the things that made me want to get into acting was being on a stage in front of a live audience, so I might try something in the theatre next. But I've had so many scripts for films though, which is fantastic. One of the amazing thing that has come out of all this is the all the options I have from now. I'm reading away and trying to find something I fall in love with. I'd like to do something quite different and a bit smaller.

What do you think about Goblet being a 12A?
Emma: I think to some extent our audience were first fans of the Harry Potter books and so are growing up with the films. So it should work out OK. To some extent we might have lost some of the much younger audience. I'm in it and I was scared! But at the same time I think that we will have gained from it. I think this one is much more of a thriller than it ever has been before. You can't avoid the fact that someone dies in it at the end of the day. There are some very serious and deep topics in it. You just can't avoid it. I love the fact that they haven't pulled the punches, I love the fact that they have gone with it and that they've made something which is true to the book.
David: The classification does not exclude children under 12, it just means that they must be accompanied by an adult. We did some test sessions and found out some interesting things. One of them is that we saw that the most concerned about the film being scary or not were adults ... much more than children! In a group of 60 people, a couple spoke up, saying they had found it a bit bleak. The testimony of the parents left the children shocked and irritated. "Oh, mom. This is so embarrassing!"
Emma: I think you just need to worry about really small children ...
David: It's true! Four, five years, I would think twice. But it depends on where she was raised, what she was exposed to ... There are many children today who grow up with The Lord of the Rings and The Exorcist.

What do you think about the power the roles have given you?
Emma: I would not see that as a power, but as a responsibility. I think there are so many children who love these books, who live and breathe these books. These people are passionate about everything related to the series! They have made an impact on many people's lives and we are aware that they are fond of the characters. Well, I AM a big fan since before I started with the films and I would be very angry if we did something that did not exceed those expectations.

Do you have boyfriends or girlfriends?
Emma: No

Where would you take someone on a date?
Emma: How about to the cinema, or for coffee?

What have been your highlights so far?
Emma: You can't choose a single moment. Seeing the finished productions and getting to visit amazing places like China and New York. I get very anxious before we start filming, we start to see the conflicts of ideas and we start working on the script ... It's one of the coolest things in my life! The last five years have been an amazing, amazing experience. It's been a highlight of my life.

What was your highlight of the last year?
Emma: Switching on the lights in Oxford Street. I will remember that for the rest of my life.


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