Emma Watson Conveys Extreme Intelligence, Says Erika Johansen

Emma Watson is not just a pretty face. Like her characters Hermione Granger and the soon-to-be released Beauty and the Beast's Belle, she is well read, smart and has a personal style. She has always been choosy about her roles. This is visibly evident in her movies like Noah and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

While she will no doubt capture our hearts playing the Disney princess Belle, next year, Emma Watson is also working with Harry Potter producer David Heyman for the fantasy series Queen Of The Tearling. Emma Watson will be the movie's executive producer and she will also play the lead role of princess Kelsea Glynn, who is on a quest to reclaim her deceased mother's throne and redeem her kingdom.

A book to film adaptation was something Emma Watson never wanted to do, but with a page turner like Queen Of The Tearling, she just couldn't help it

"I had kind of said I would never do a franchise again, so I was desperate to hate it," Watson said to Wonderland Magazine. "Unfortunately, I didn't sleep for about a week because I couldn't put the bloody thing down. It would be fair to say I became obsessed with the role and the book. Now I am executive-producing it."

The book's author Erika Johansen in an exclusive interview to Mugglenet said Emma Watson will be a fantastic Kelsea. "She's tough and principled, she's an active feminist, and she conveys extreme intelligence in every role I've seen. If readers want to equate Kelsea with her, I say have at it."

Johansen was earlier worried that they were going to pick a bad actress to play Kelsea. "When Emma Watson's name came up, I was very excited. I wanted first and foremost a good actress who was actually intelligent for the role. I made Kelsea, for want of a better word, plain—that was a personal decision for me. But when it comes to movies, I understand it's a very different world than the book. A book can do things it can't and vice versa. So I never expected them to cast a plain unknown actress in the role. I was very excited just because, Emma Watson, she comes across as so smart in everything she says and does, and that is an integral feature of my heroine that I felt she would be able to really project," Johansen said in an interview to SnitchSeeker.

Emma Watson may be renowned for her exquisite style statement, but the bold and beautiful star said she likes to "experiment" and keep fashion "fun" because premieres are another outlet for her creativity.

"I love fashion I always have. I think done right it is such a creative expression. It is really fun, I'm an actress, I love how both can transform you it has a chameleon affect," she said, according to a report by Business Standard.

Emma Watson had earlier criticized the "dangerously unhealthy" image projected by the fashion industry and said the pressure to look perfect has taken its toll on her.

"With airbrushing and digital manipulation, fashion can project an unobtainable image that's dangerously unhealthy. I'm excited about the ageing process. I'm more interested in women who aren't perfect. They're more compelling," Emma Watson told The Guardian.

Strange but not untrue, 26-year-old Emma Watson is still terrified of walking the red carpet. Although the the Harry Potter star has been walking the red carpet for more than a decade, she says she still gets nervous.

Emma Watson says she still fears walking in front of so many judging eyes, according to Contact Music.

"It's funny because obviously I've been doing it since I was like 10-years-old. But it doesn't ever not feel terrifying. It's just the level of energy and adrenaline and the amount of people and it is a lot of attention in a small place," said Emma Watson.

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