Monday, February 15, 2016

Emma Watson: "I became an actress to tell stories like Colonia, not for fame"

[Version française]

Translated by Sterni Granger. Credit her if you use it.

What tied you to this theme?
It talks about what people are willing to do to save their love one. Otherwise it's about a woman who's the victim and gets saved by a dashing hero. But this time it's the woman who rescues the man - that's what was fascinating for me. 

How did you prepare yourself for this role?
I've visited Colonia Dignidad. It's called Villa Baveria now. It changed complete since 1970. Nevertheless it scared the hell out of me because everything is a reminding of the past. Incidentally, the apron I'm wearing in the movie comes from Colonia Dignidad. That looks a bit like "method acting", but I wanted to play my first lead role as authentic as possible. Because of that I've asked Michael Nyqvist, who plays Paul Schäfer, to challenge me, to call me things on which I had to react spontaneously.

How emotionally difficult was this role for you?
The acting was not as difficult as to have to switch off after the wrap. To come back to real life I had to turn the music on in the car, or go jogging for a while to release all of the energy in me. This role was a big challenge to me.

Did this role change your future as an actress?
I've got famous as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and I have to prove now that I'm able to play other roles. It was hard for me to digest the script. But I've become an actress to tell stories like that and not to be famous.

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