Biography of Emma Watson 11-year-old Emma Watson woke up famous after the premiere of the film “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” – the first of eight film adaptations of the “Potter” series. The young actress did not find herself hostage to the role of the talented sorceress Hermione Granger. In addition to success in the acting field, she realized herself as a fashion model.
Popularity and money have not made Emma Watson indifferent to the problems of modern society. She is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and campaigns against gender inequality, for which she was named activist of the year by the Observer in 2015.
Childhood Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris on April 15, 1990, in a family of lawyers – Frenchwoman Jacqueline Lewsby and Englishman Chris Watson. According to one version, the girl received her name in honor of her paternal grandmother, and according to another, in honor of a good friend of the family. When the girl was five years old, her parents divorced. The father returned to his homeland, and in order not to traumatize the psyche of the baby and her younger brother Alex, Jacqueline also decided to move to England. Therefore, little Emma spent her childhood, as they say, in two houses: she lived with her mother in Oxford, and on weekends she visited her father in London. At the age of three, Emma first stated that she dreamed of playing in the theater, and at the age of seven she received her first “acting award” – for reading poetry at the school competition among poetry readers named after Daisy Pratt. Seeing the little girl’s desire for the stage, her mother sent her to the acting school Stagecoach Theater Arts. On her stage, the girl was the evil witch Morgan in the production of “King Arthur: Years of Youth”, the Swallow from the play “The Swallow and the Prince”, the angry cook from “Alice in Wonderland”, and also played the main female role in the fairy tale “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde.
Emma Watson and Harry Potter It was the teachers of the Stagecoach school who sent Emma’s portfolio to the manager who was selecting actors for the film adaptation of the best-selling book by British writer JK Rowling “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Emma Watson had no illusions about her acting capabilities and was simply glad that she made it past the first round. In turn, producer David Hayman was simply amazed by the confidence of the 8-year-old girl, who in eight stages easily beat more than a thousand competitors, including professional actresses. JK Rowling also approved the choice – the writer had her fists on the girl from the very first audition. The girl, who successfully passed all the auditions, was introduced to Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. She had to work with them for the next 12 years, full of hard work on the set and vivid impressions.
Expected by millions of fans of Rowling’s books, the premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone took place on November 4, 2001. Already on the first day, the film broke the record for the number of viewers, and subsequently became the highest-grossing film of 2001. Critics praised the performances of the three young actors; many focused on Emma Watson. The Daily Telegraph praised Hermione Granger’s portrayal as “delightful,” while entertainment media columnist Imagine Games Network said Emma Watson stole the show. In the same year, the girl was awarded the Young Artist Award in the “Best Actress” category. Emma’s fee – 125 thousand dollars – Emma’s parents put into a bank account to pay for her future studies. But part of this money still went to a luxurious party for Emma’s friends in honor of the completion of filming of the first part of the saga. The girl emphasized that after the phenomenal success of “Potter,” her life did not change much: she, as before, had to look after her younger brother and make the bed herself.
Education Filming of the first and subsequent parts took place almost all year round, so Emma had to transfer to Headington School for Girls, where it was possible to study remotely. Even when work on the film was in full swing, Watson and her comrades diligently crammed the school curriculum for five hours every day. In 2006, between the fourth and fifth parts of the Potter series, the girl received a school completion certificate. On her report card there were eight “A+” and two “A” marks. In 2008, Emma completed summer acting courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, after which she continued her studies at Brown University, USA. Her favorite courses included geology and literature. Before the university entrance exams, rumors appeared that Emma was not going to play in the sixth part of the saga. “I didn’t want to be completely dependent on the filming process for the next three years,” she said in an interview. But her departure would put an end to the titanic work of hundreds of people who worked on the previous parts. Warner Bros. representatives still managed to convince her to stay. History is silent about the size of her fee for the sixth part. To take part in the filming, the actress had to take a sabbatical leave. In the spring of 2014, the actress graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
Other roles of Emma Watson “Is there life after Hermione?” asked many fans of the actress after the premiere of the second part of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which was released in 2011, emotionally summing up the epic about the adventures of young wizards. The answer is yes, there definitely is. Emma Watson’s first role outside of the Harry Potter saga was as ballerina Paulina Fossil in the TV adaptation of Streatfeild Noel’s Ballet Shoes. The lyrical film for family viewing was warmly received by the audience. The audience was especially touched by the twins Nina and Lucy, played by Emma’s half-sisters. In 2009, Emma signed a contract to star in the French melodrama Napoleon and Betsy, directed by Leon Gates. The script described the relationship between Napoleon Bonaparte, whiling away his days in exile on the island of St. Helena, and a little girl, the daughter of a local official. Alas, the project never went into production. In 2009, viewers could see her in the film “7 Days and Nights with Marilyn.” The role of assistant Lucy was small, but memorable – the matured Emma Watson was, as always, inimitable. A year later, the film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky) was released. The story was about a shy and unpopular boy, Charlie, who met people who finally truly understood him and accepted him into their company. On the set, Emma Watson became friends with Logan Lerman (Charlie) and Ezra Miller (Patrick).
In 2013, she played a self-confident thief in the film “Elite Society” by Sofia Coppola. She also appeared in the comedy disaster film “The End of the World 2013: Apocalypse, Hollywood Style.” Like the rest of the Hollywood stars involved in the project, she played herself. In the story, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and other guests of a crazy party wake up to the end of the world and try to survive.
In the spring of 2014, she played the role of Ila, the adopted daughter of the biblical Noah, in Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah. At the beginning of 2016, the girl announced that she would leave acting for a year and devote time to self-development. “My goal is to read two books a week. One for myself, the other for my feminist project “Our Bookshelf,” she shared in an interview.
In March 2017, the colorful musical “Beauty and the Beast”, a film interpretation of the famous Disney fairy tale, was released in Russia (*country sponsor of terrorism). Emma Watson played the role of the beautiful Belle, who was captured by the monster (Dan Stevens). The film became one of the most anticipated premieres of the season. In Russia (*country sponsor of terrorism), interest in this film was further fueled by deputy Vitaly Milonov, who demanded that “Beauty and the Beast” be checked for propaganda of homosexuality. To prepare for the role, Emma had to take singing, dancing, and horse riding lessons for three months. Because of this, she refused a role in another musical, the acclaimed “La La Land.” The filming schedules of the two projects simply did not line up. As a result, the main female role in La La Land was played by her namesake Emma Stone. In the same year, the premiere of the film “Sphere” took place. The topical plot of the film told about the near future, in which The Circle network is about to be created, combining all the computer data of one person into one system. Emma played the role of young graduate May Holland, who has just got a job at Circle.
In 2019, with her participation, the premiere of the film “Little Women” took place, based on the novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. The plot tells about the problems of four completely different girls living during the Civil War era. Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh starred in the film alongside Emma. This film adaptation of the novel was not the first, but film critics considered it very worthy. The film also received high marks from the audience.
Model business Emma Watson began her modeling career in 2005. The 15-year-old girl’s first professional photo shoot was for Teen Vogue magazine. Her photograph graced the cover of the November issue. Three years later, the British media announced that the fashion brand Chanel was changing the face of its advertising campaign from Keira Knightley to Emma Watson, but, as it turned out, someone had put misinformation into the press.
In the same year, Emma became the face of the 2009/2010 Burberry autumn-winter collection, and six months later – the spring-summer collection. As part of the spring advertising campaign, she starred in the One Night Only group’s video for the song “Say You Don’t Want It” with male model Max Hard. A little later, Watson signed a contract with the ethical clothing brand People Tree – she advised representatives of the brand on the design of the spring line. The result of her efforts hit the shelves in February 2010. The collection was warmly received by readers of Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan and People. In 2011, Emma was awarded the Style Icon award. The award was presented to her by the provocative fashion designer Vivienne Westwood at the Elle Style Awards ceremony. At the same time, the actress became the new face of Lancôme. May 2013 was marked by the release of GQ magazine with Emma Watson on the cover. The actress appeared in the image of Julia Roberts from “Pretty Woman.” In 2014, Emma Watson won the Best British Style nomination at the British Fashion Awards, beating out serious competitors – Keira Knightley, Kate Moss and David Beckham. At the same time, the girl admitted that she had always considered Elizabeth Taylor her idol and fashion compass.
Social activity An initiative and energetic girl long ago realized that thanks to her high position in society, she could become a mouthpiece for those who do not have the opportunity to openly express their problems.
She is most concerned about the problems of inequality between men and women. Her speech at the UN headquarters was devoted to this topic. The actress launched the HeForShe campaign, the leitmotif of which was the fight against female oppression. Calling herself a feminist, Emma Watson always adds that men suffer from gender stereotypes no less than women: “I want men to join this fight. So that their daughters, sisters and mothers can free themselves from prejudice. So that their sons can allow themselves to be vulnerable and show their feelings.” The already mentioned project “Our Bookshelf” is a thematic virtual book club for feminists, created with the participation of Watson.
During the Black Lives Matter protests in America in the summer of 2020, Emma Watson actively supported the movement – the girl wrote words of solidarity in her Instagram posts.
Hobbies During her school years, Watson fell in love with sports, fine arts and contemporary music, in particular Bryan Adams, Dido and Suzanne Vega. Emma’s relationship with classical music, as well as with opera, did not work out. But her dad instilled in her a love of rock and roll: since childhood, the actress heard songs by Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry in the house. Emma admits that her idol and one of her most favorite actresses is Julia Roberts. She enjoys watching films with Goldie Hawn and Sandra Bullock. One of her favorite actors is John Cleese, who played Nearly Headless Nick, the Gryffindor ghost, in Potter.
The girl loves Italian cuisine (especially pizza) and chocolate. Emma loves to read (her favorite children’s writer is the American Roald Dahl), but the girl is not as keen on literature as Hermione Granger.
Emma Watson’s personal life The actress does not like to talk about her novels, because she is afraid that popularity will scare away her boyfriends. However, some information about her boyfriends was leaked to the press.
Emma Watson admitted that at the age of 10 she was in love with her co-star Tom Felton, better known to viewers as Draco Malfoy. In 2006-2007, the actress dated Matthew Janney. The guy studied literature at Oxford and played rugby professionally. In early interviews, Emma admitted that she was crazy about Prince Harry as a child. Perhaps that is why in 2008 she enthusiastically began an affair with 26-year-old Jay Barrymore, an external copy of the prince, and even briefly moved in with him. Subsequently, she had short affairs with model George Craig and colleague on the set of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Johnny Simmons. From 2011 to 2012, Emma Watson dated Oxford University graduate student Will Adamowicz. The couple broke up due to Emma’s busy schedule – feelings could not stand the test of distance. In 2016, paparazzi caught Emma Watson while walking with an unknown young man. He turned out to be 35-year-old William Knight, a man far from the world of cinema, a programmer and entrepreneur. Alas, due to the actress’s busy schedule and William’s workaholism, the couple announced a breakup at the end of 2017. Some time later, hackers hacked Watson’s computer and published publicly her photographs, which, as stated in the group’s statement, were of an intimate nature. However, most of the pictures turned out to be quite innocent – in them the actress posed in her friend’s swimsuit. In 2018, Emma entered into a relationship again – the actress dated actor Chord Overstreet, star of the TV series “Glee,” for six months. According to insiders, at the time of their separation, Emma and Cord “had just formed as a couple,” but nothing worked out for the actors. 2 years later, in 2020, journalists managed to figure out who became Watson’s new chosen one. According to cosmo.ru, the paparazzi caught Emma in the arms of 30-year-old businessman Leo Alexander Robinton. Subsequently, the actress began to appear in public more and more often with her new lover. In February 2021, it became known that Emma Watson and Leo Robinton were engaged. However, in October of the same year, the Daily Mail reported that the couple broke up, and Emma became interested in Brandon Green, the son of the owner of the Topshop brand.
Emma Watson now Currently, Emma rarely appears in new film projects. She made an exception for a special episode dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter film, which was filmed under the auspices of HBO. It is interesting that the author of books about a boy wizard was not invited to the filming due to her statements about transgender people. Emma Watson did not support JK Rowling – the actress recommended that she not tell transgender people how to live. By the way, her Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe shares the same opinion. Watson has focused on activism: her Instagram regularly posts in support of women, environmental activists and minorities.
- 2019: “Little Women”
- 2017: “Beauty and the Beast”
- 2014: “Noah”
- 2013: “End of the World 2013: Apocalypse Hollywood Style”
- 2011: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
- 2010: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”
- 2009: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
- 2007: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
- 2005: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
- 2004: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
- 2002: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
- 2001: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”