Emma Watson On Her Acting Career: ‘I Feel Like An Imposter’

Emma Watson may not come across as the quiet type in her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, but Ms. Watson confesses that she’s far more subdued in her real life, particularly when it comes to relationship issues. Watson says that ending a relationship sends her into complete silence, as it did when she and British rugby player Matthew Janney stopped seeing one another.

Ms. Watson revealed that for a period prior to the break-up, she retreated into herself rather than face the drama created by the uncomfortable feelings the relationship had begun to create.

“I felt really uncomfortable, even before my relationship ended,” Emma explains. “I went on a silent retreat, because I really wanted to figure out how to be at home with myself.”

Ms. Watson has been single since that awkward break-up, but Emma denies any insinuations that her success and her high-profile career have been causes to keep potential suitors away. Watson says she’s never noticed that men may have felt intimidated.

“The boyfriends or partners I’ve had have generally made me feel really cherished,” Emma said. “They’ve built me up. I certainly haven’t found that with doing all that I do or being all that I am, that I’ve struggled in my love life.”

In fact, Ms. Watson said she feels the very idea that her career might be an issue demeans men.

“I just think it’s very patronizing towards men. It undermines them.”

Speaking of success, Emma reveals that she can’t remember when her interest in acting came about, though Ms. Watson knows she has always been involved in acting from a young age.

“It’s something I’ve really wrestled with. I’ve gone back and I’ve quizzed my parents,” Watson said. “When I was younger, I just did it. I just acted. It was just there. So now when I receive recognition for my acting, I feel incredibly uncomfortable. I tend to turn in on myself. I feel like an imposter… It was just something I did.”

Emma Watson has just finished working on Florian Gallenberger’s Colonia, which tells the story of a young woman and a search for her abducted boyfriend that leads her into Colonia Dignidad, a village occupied by a sect responsible for causing the disappearances of all who enter the village.

Colonia is scheduled for a January 21 theatrical release.

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