Emma Watson will be one of the presenters at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony to be held this coming Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
Watson is joined — among many others — by Benedict Cumberbatch, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Harrison Ford, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Channing Tatum, and John Travolta.
The former Harry Potter star, who is now 23-years-old, has been carving her own path ever since leaving the franchise that made her a household name, with projects that have taken her to play very varied characters.
But Emma Watson is not only a Hollywood star in her own right, she is pursuing her degree, after several failed attempts due to her busy movie making schedule. She attends Brown University in New York and graduates in May.
In a recent interview with Wonderland magazine, she reveals how it felt to move to New York City and not know anyone:
“I really wanted a new experience. I loved not knowing anyone. It felt very exciting, and I felt like I was striking out on my own in a very real, very new way. But there’s this thing called the Sophomore Slump, which is a phenomenon that is apparently known and recognized, though I had never heard of it. It caught me by surprise. For the first year at university, everything is new and exciting. You don’t realize that you don’t have your support structure, your home comforts, and all those touchstones that help keep you on track. Then, after the first year, when the adrenaline wears off, you find yourself in a slump. That’s what happened to me by the end of my third term. I felt very unsettled and lost.”
But Emma Watson says she grew stronger from that experience and now she knows how to take care of herself, how to be alone, and how to deal with stress.
“If I hadn’t been through that time, I wouldn’t have got there. I never knew I had limits. You make good friends and you make bad friends, and you have to figure it all out. You realize you can’t do everything. I really did think I could do it all – commute back to the UK for Potter filming and press, then go to Brown for finals, and keep up with my friends and family. You can’t do by the way. You do have to take breaks. It’s how I became interested in meditation and yoga. I developed bedtime rituals.”
Emma Watson is not like many actresses who just drop everything to pursue their film career, she wants more out of life, but she confessed she is a “genuinely shy, socially awkward, introverted person, and terrible at small talk.”
Emma Watson next stars in Noah portraying Ila, the daughter of the famous Biblical character played by Russell Crowe, in theaters March 28.
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