I was always a very serious child. I remember being 13 and girls in my class saying, “So-and-so is going to kiss so-and-so on the school fields.” I said, “That’s stupid. They’re too young for it to matter—he doesn’t love her, and that’s just a waste of time.” It’s amazing that I had any friends! [Laughs] So I was the right child to get cast: I loved the responsibility.
“I also learned that you’re not going to fall for the right person until you really love yourself and feel good about how you are.”
I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do an interview with photographs 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. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that. Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’ My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.
“Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.”
"From a young age, I didn’t really want to follow the crowds, even if that made me unpopular or not cool...I probably should try a lot harder to pretend to be cool, but I’m really not."
Emma Watson for Lancôme Paris.
“I’m my own worst critic. I always want to do better. I’m always striving towards the next thing.”