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“I didn’t come from a background of films. I didn’t even really ever watch films. The fact is, my parents weren’t into that stuff, and neither was I.”

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Quotes by Emma Watson

  1. Acting never was about the money for me… Maybe in 10 years, I’ll be able to appreciate the fact that I am financially stable and independent and I don’t have to make bad choices. I can be very picky.
  2. All I can do is follow my instincts, because I’ll never please everyone.
  3. And I always keep cards people send me. I have a whole wall covered with them.
  4. As I’ve got older, and since I cut all my hair off, I’ve felt a bit more liberated about trying different things out.
  5. As a child, I loved being onstage. I loved singing, I loved the lights, I loved the adrenaline. I even loved learning lines. I was completely obsessive.
  6. As an actress I take roles I find interesting.
  7. Being an actress, I find myself people-watching and I can be quite shy.
  8. But it’s a journey and the sad thing is you only learn from experience, so as much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn.
  9. But sometimes I’ve felt a little constrained by that idea of who I’m meant to be.
  10. Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint to me are like a pair of warm-hearted brothers.
  11. Field hockey is my strongest sport, and if I lose a game, I take a long, hot bath and moan about it.
  12. Hermione is so close to who I am as a person that I’ve never really had to research a role. I’m literally rediscovering what it means to be an actress.
  13. Hermione uses all these big long tongue twister words. I don’t know what she’s going on about half the time!
  14. I always have several books on the go at any one moment, so it’s no good you asking ‘What’s on the bedside table at the moment, Emma?’ because often I can’t even see the table!
  15. I am literally obsessed with Lena Dunham. She’s, like, my favorite person in the world. I follow her on Twitter; I read her every day.
  16. I could be 100 years old and in my rocker, but I’ll still be very proud that I was part of the ‘Harry Potter’ films.
  17. I could never really imagine myself doing one thing, and I’m pretty sure that I’ll end up doing four or five different things. I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.
  18. I dance a lot and I run and do yoga and play field hockey and tennis. I like to be active. I don’t always have time for that stuff, but I do always feel better afterward.
  19. I didn’t come from a background of films. I didn’t even really ever watch films. The fact is, my parents weren’t into that stuff, and neither was I.
  20. I do worry about the expectation to look a certain way.
  21. I don’t consider myself to be a celebrity. I don’t fit that mould.
  22. I don’t have makeup on all the time, but when I want, I have fun with my friends choosing clothes and putting nail polish on.
  23. I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything.
  24. I don’t know, I’d love to try some theater. That’s my other thing. I’d love to do some Shakespeare.
  25. I don’t really buy designer stuff. I have a few nice things, but I don’t really have the occasion to wear couture too often.
  26. I don’t think my dad really knew what to do with me, as a daughter. He treated me like a boy; my brother and I were treated the same. He didn’t do kid stuff. There were no kid’s menus; you weren’t allowed to order off the kid’s menu at dinner – we had to try something from the adult menu.
  27. I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.
  28. I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself. I want to avoid becoming too styled and too ‘done’ and too generic. You see people as they go through their career, and they just become more and more like everyone else.
  29. I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.
  30. I feel like a voodoo doll. It’s grim. It’s gross.
  31. I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do a photo-shoot, people desperately want to change me – dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me.
  32. I genuinely haven’t really had a rebellious phase. I think it’s just because of the way I was brought up. I think it’s because I left home when I was ten years old.
  33. I guess what really forms you as a person is what you do within your family to receive love or attention. In my family, what you had to do to receive attention was to have good conversation at the dinner table or for me to do well at school, and those were really my focuses because that was what was valued the most.
  34. I had a job when I was 10. I started living on my own when I was 17 or 18. I’ve earned my own money; I’ve traveled the world. What would I rebel against?
  35. I have a real thing for Mexican directors. And I love Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
  36. I have collections of quirky things from places I’ve been to, like a set of Russian dolls.
  37. I have felt for the last 10 years I have had this battle; I’ve been fighting so hard to have an education. It’s been this uphill struggle. I was Warner Bros’ pain in the butt. I was their scheduling conflict. I was the one who made life difficult.
  38. I have had no control over my life. 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.
  39. I have to really enjoy the good things because it makes the bad things OK.
  40. I just feel like if I start opening the door to talking about my university experience, then people just kind of… own everything. There was a lot of stuff a couple of years ago saying that I was bullied at Brown and awful things like that, none of which were true.
  41. I just loved performing. It just made me feel alive. It’s scary, but that’s part of it. I think it’s important to have that extra adrenaline. It gives you that extra zing.
  42. I just try and surround myself, for the biggest proportion of time that I can, with people who make me feel normal, because constantly feeling abnormal is quite difficult.
  43. I like Valentino a lot – they never use actresses in their campaigns.
  44. I like books that aren’t just lovely but that have memories in themselves. Just like playing a song, picking up a book again that has memories can take you back to another place or another time.
  45. I like men with quick wit, good conversation and a great sense of humour. I love banter. I want a man to like me for me – I want him to be authentic.
  46. I love Karl Lagerfeld. I worship him. I was brought up in Paris, and my mum used to wear a lot of Chanel. I love the brand.
  47. I love fashion. I think it’s so important, because it’s how you show yourself to the world.
  48. I love painting and have a need to do it.
  49. I mean, I have done scenes with animals, with owls, with bats, with cats, with special effects, with thespians, in the freezing cold, in the pouring rain, boiling hot; I’ve done press with every syndication, every country; I’ve done interviews with people dressed up as cows – there’s honestly nothing that’s gonna intimidate me!
  50. I paint and I draw and I write and I do other things too, and recently some people at school were asking if I’d ever publish any of my work. But I almost feel like I would have to publish it under another name because there’s a definition of me out there that feels kind of stuck in the moment when it was formed.
  51. I really love animals and enjoy working with them.
  52. I really want to write a novel. I also want to learn to play the mandolin.
  53. I still have friends from primary school. And my two best girlfriends are from secondary school. I don’t have to explain anything to them. I don’t have to apologize for anything. They know. There’s no judgment in any way.
  54. I stole a piece of the chess set on the first film. I took a piece of the treasure out of Bellatrix’s vault on this film. And I’ve taken my wand and I’ve got my cloak.
  55. I think the actresses who are really successful are the ones who are comfortable in their own skins and still look human.
  56. I think there’s this idea that lipstick is something quite old or something you’d only wear at night.
  57. I think when I was younger I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to act, so I played around with a few different ideas. I wasn’t sure whether I might want to write or whether I might want to do something in fashion.
  58. I think when you take away all, like, the premieres and press stuff and all the special effects, then you just come down to the fact that it’s all about acting, and I think that has been the best bit for me.
  59. I thought, If people are going to write about what I’m wearing, then I would wear young British designers who need the publicity.
  60. I threw my 20th birthday party at Brown, and I didn’t even have to say to anyone not to put pictures on Facebook. Not a single picture went up. That was when I knew I’d found a solid group of friends, and I felt like I belonged.
  61. I try to avoid wearing black because sometimes it’s the easy option. But I’m young, so it’s nice to be able to play with color and not just wear black all the time. I can save that for when I’m older.
  62. I used to look back at pictures and cringe but actually I’m quite proud that I’ve had fun with fashion and don’t always look perfect. The only regret I have is when I look at something I wore when I was very young and it obviously looks like it belonged to someone else.
  63. I want to avoid becoming too styled, too ‘done’ and too generic. You see people as they go through their career, and they just become more and more like everyone else. They start out with something individual about them, but it gets lost.
  64. I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.
  65. I want to be normal. I really want anonymity.
  66. I was very keen. I was super-eager to please and be good. And I was always kind of bossy.
  67. I was working on ‘Harry Potter’ while I was growing up, and the attention it brought me made me feel quite isolated.
  68. I wasn’t one of those girls who always dreamed of being an actress. I went to a normal school and then these film auditioners turned up when I was nine. Then I just fell into this whirlwind.
  69. I went from being totally unknown and never acting professionally to being in a major movie and being very famous. It all happened so quickly, I didn’t have any time to work things out. It’s been pretty scary at times.
  70. I would love to not date someone in the same industry as me. Otherwise it becomes what it means to everyone else.
  71. I would love to persuade Christopher Bailey to get even just a section of Burberry that’s, like, organic or free trade. I love him, he’s a very good person and an amazing designer, and I have a lot of respect and time for him.
  72. 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.
  73. I’m a multidimensional person and that’s the freedom of fashion: that you’re able to reinvent yourself through how you dress and how you cut your hair or whatever.
  74. I’m a perfectionist, so my bossiness definitely comes out.
  75. I’m a real Londoner. We have very grey weather in London, and I think it encourages a very eclectic and crazy fashion sense. I mix high-street stuff with more high-end fashion, and I love vintage.
  76. I’m a very heady person; I’m in my head a lot.
  77. I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. I’m going to figure out what that is.
  78. I’m not going to school just for the academics – I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning.
  79. I’m really interested in modern history, but to fulfill a History degree at Brown you have to do modern and pre-modern.
  80. I’m very crafty! One time I made a television set out of a cardboard box – Everybody thought it was a lark! This was the beginning of a love affair with the arts.
  81. I’m very romantic and of course I want to be in love.
  82. I’ve always been fascinated by Elizabeth Taylor, and I had read that her first kiss happened on a film set, which actually made me a little sad. You need to have normal experiences of your own.
  83. I’ve always been like that; I give 100 percent. I can’t do it any other way.
  84. I’ve got about eight pairs of shoes, and that’s it.
  85. I’ve never understood having crushes on people who you don’t know in real life.
  86. I’ve probably earned the right to screw up a few times. I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.
  87. If I could wear any label forever it would be Burberry. It covers a huge span of stuff. You can’t go wrong with a classic trench and a pair of jeans.
  88. If I hadn’t done ‘Harry Potter,’ I would have gone and done years of art. I really do love it, and I’d love to write.
  89. If I went to somewhere busy, I wouldn’t last very long. I can’t go to a museum – I’ll last 10 or 15 minutes in a museum. The problem is that when one person asks for a photograph, then someone sees a flash goes off, then everyone else sort of… it’s sort of like a domino effect.
  90. If anyone else played Hermione, it would actually kill me.
  91. Ignoring fame was my rebellion, in a funny way. I was insistent on being normal and doing normal things. It probably wasn’t advisable to go to college in America and room with a complete stranger. And it probably wasn’t wise to share a bathroom with eight other people in a coed dorm. Looking back, that was crazy.
  92. In terms of men I fancy, I think the actor James Franco is gorgeous. But I find it odd to be described as a sex symbol myself.
  93. It sounds like a cliche but I also learnt that you’re not going to fall for the right person until you really love yourself and feel good about how you are.
  94. It sounds so geeky, but I really do like studying and reading, and if I’m not working on ‘Harry Potter,’ then my greatest relaxation is to sit with a book.
  95. It’s almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I’m just going, ‘Any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud, and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved. I can’t possibly live up to what everyone thinks I am and what everyone’s expectations of me are.’
  96. It’s amazing people get so detached from what they eat and what they wear. No one has any contact with how things are made that are put in their body and put in their mouths and I just find it alarming that no one questions it.
  97. It’s quite stressful knowing that every time you walk out the door, someone is going to be giving you a very good look up and down, judging everything you wear.
  98. It’s very hard to describe your own style. And I’m young, so I’m still experimenting. But I think it’s quite British and very much about individuality.
  99. Let’s be honest, I have enough money to never have to work again.
  100. Make-up is actually something I’ve always really loved.
  101. My cinematic crush has been pretty much the same since I was 12: Kevin Costner.
  102. My friends are all really nice about my fame, they’re just curious really, they ask lots of questions.
  103. My grandma said – when I was really young and I’d sing along to the radio – why do you sing in an American accent? I guess it was because a lot of the music I was listening to had American vocalists.
  104. My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.
  105. Now, honestly, every movie set that I go on, I walk onto set with the confidence that there is nothing that they can throw at me that’s gonna surprise me.
  106. People don’t really understand, but having people stare, and point, and take pictures, even if it is in a positive framework, is quite isolating; there’s no two ways about it. You feel a little bit, you know, freakish.
  107. Some days, for some reason, I can’t go anywhere, and I’m like, ‘That was a mistake,’ and other days no one will even notice me.
  108. The difficulty for me is that I’m interested in so many different things. I could never really imagine myself doing one thing, and I’m pretty sure that I’ll end up doing four or five different things.
  109. The entertainment industry is pretty nuts, and having had that experience outside of it and going to university has really made a big difference. It’s important to me to feel like I have my own life.
  110. To be honest, I’ve always had far too much freedom. I had a job when I was 10. I started living on my own when I was 17 or 18. I’ve earned my own money; I’ve traveled the world. What would I rebel against?
  111. When I haven’t been working I’ve tried to travel a lot.
  112. When I started dating I had this kind of Romeo and Juliet, fateful romantic idea about love which was almost that you were a victim and there was a lot of pain involved and that was how it should be.
  113. With ‘Harry Potter,’ I’ve been all over the world. I probably wouldn’t have gone to New York so young if it weren’t for the films.
  114. Yes, I will put it out there – I will work for anyone for free if they’re prepared to make their clothing Fair Trade and organic. It’s really hard to get people interested in it.