Sunday, November 7, 2010

Emma Watson in The Sunday Times (November 07, 2010)

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What we learn in the article:
  • The interview took place at Leavesden Studios on Day 257 of filming. Daniel, Rupert and Emma were filming scenes where Harry, Ron and Hermione try to escape from Gringotts. The trio is supposed to be wet so "wardrobe people" kept spraying them with cold water between takes on the freezing set. After another take of jumping on the mechanical dragon, Emma was heard asking "Is that it on the dragon?" in a "hopeful" way according to the magazine. 
  • During a quick chat between takes, Emma talks about "running on sugar" while drinking a Coke. 
  • Talking about filming the very last Harry Potter movie, she says "I keep pinching myself, trying to get myself to feel it, to believe it, but it's hard to process. It's kind of home here, but at the same time I'm really looking forward to finally feeling free, being my own person."
  • Gary Gero, the animal trainer, talks about Emma as "a cat maniac".

Emma has a longer one-on-one interview at a hotel after the very last day of filming.
  • "[My dad] would always expect me to have adult conversations. I wasn't babied, I was expected to step up when I was told to. I was never not allowed alcohol - I was seven when I had my first glass of wine, mixed with water and with a meal."
  • She talks about her parents never giving up their jobs so she had to have two chaperones "wonderful older sisters" on set. "Both my parents love their work and it's a big part of their identity and... And if Mum's whole life revolved around me, she wouldn't have been at home for my younger brother. I got a lot of love and affection on set, but being the only girl sometimes was tough." "I didn't have much stability at home, but making the films has been a constant in my life, very stabilising, even if people think the opposite."
  • School life became harder as she got older: "In sixth form [so at about 16], there were a few girls who weren't nice to me, but I had a good group of friends who I was with all the way through."
  • About Helena Bonham Carter: "We're very similar. She needs to know absolutely every detail about each character she plays. I'm the same. I've read all the books several times, I have to know everything."
  • The very last day of filming: "I was in floods. It was higely emotional. I've been having these weird moments where I realised it was the last time I'd be doing something. Saying goodbyes is hard. It's bitterweet, really."
  • She credits her mother for maintaining friendships: "Now it's stopping, I have that infrastructure and support. [Becky, a close friend] is very grounding for me. When I've had a hard day, she's been dealing with patients at the John Radcliffe Hospital. That's a proper job. She spent a summer working in Africa. She's hardcore. I really admire her."
  • Her love life: She says her friend Rafael "was never, never, never, never my boyfriend. Every boy I get pictured with is my boyfriend. I was in two long-term relationships and I don't have a boyfriend at the moment. It feels good, actually, a bit of a breather. It's nice to be selfish."
  • The difficulty of making friends: "I worry that I might be seen as name-dropping or boasting, so I have to constantly be self-deprecating. I feel people are always ready to jump on me. If I show any signs of being a diva or ungrateful, they are just too ready to criticise. It's like they are desperate to find something they can hold onto. In the first semester I just didn't talk about my life at home at all. Now I've realised that's just stupid. Harry Potter has been such a big part of my life that if I don't mention it I'm being fake and my friends are only getting to know a very small part of me. Finally, I'm starting to be able to say 'Yes, I'm famous. Yes I'm in the films. You're just going to have to deal with it.' I'm not going to tiptoe around any more."
  • Leaving Hermione behind: "I'm not going to get my kit off or snort cocaine in a film, just to leave Hermione behind. I'm not going to do something shocking because I'm so paranoid or insecure that I can't play another role convincingly. I don't want everyone to forget me as Hermione. I'm really proud of her."
  • Her acne phase: "[The dermatologist] gave me something that burnt the skin off my face. It was terrible. They couldn't hold filming; we just had to put more make-up on, which made it really sore. The head of make-up promised me she wouldn't let them put anything out there where my skin looked bad, and I had to trust. But it took a lot out of me to put myself in front of cameras with my skin like that."
  • Accessing her millions at 18: "I should have been thrilled but I just felt really scared. I'm a student. I don't have a huge need for money. I don't have a lot of time to spend it. The expensive clothes I wear tend to be lent to me."
  • This summer, she went to the Seychelles with her dad and siblings, and spent time decorating her new rented flat in London.
  • Her future in cinema: "I'm not interested in being a pretty face. If those roles arent's there I'd rather do another degree."

Sources: Pottershots (Chieraa), emmawatsonitalia

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