Emma Watson is becoming a "serious" actress, and she reportedly wants the world to know about it. Her new movie, The Colony, is coming out on July 1, and she is talking about hot-button issues like kissing and feminism to draw attention to the movie she stars in with Daniel Bruhl.
The 26-year-old actress has also taken the chance to air some of her grievances about the fact that people are still obsessed with the fact that she was one of the child stars of the Harry Potter franchise.
"It was all 'Emma Watson! Scandalous! Really trying to push the envelope and step away from Hermione and Harry Potter!' I'm just kissing someone, but it's this huge deal," she said to the Independent. "I'm aware of it, but I don't like to let the noise affect my choices because ultimately, living like that would close me off to a lot of opportunities and experiences. I'd never do anything."Speaking of kissing, Daniel Bruhl isn't the only man that she is locking lips with recently. She has been dating William Mack Knight, a Princeton-grad entrepreneur, for a while now. It looks like she has been spending a lot of her time off with him.
The couple has been sighted engaging in some retail therapy and showing off their love.
"Emma Watson made a rare outing with her boyfriend William Mack Knight in London last week, proving the low-key couple are still very much an item despite keeping their romance on the down-low," reports Daily Mail. "The 26-year-old Harry Potter actress was the picture of happiness as she strolled along beside her Silicon Valley high-flyer partner."This year has been a formative one for the actress, as she is taking time off from her busy schedule to make sure that she can focus on the things that matter the most to her, namely feminism and reading.
"I'm taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really," Emma said, according to Entertainment Weekly. "My own personal development is one. I know that you read a book a day. My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club. I'm doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own."
Maybe this is why she loves Belle, the character she is playing in the live action version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
"I loved that she was this feisty heroine whose whole life wasn't about marrying the most handsome guy in the village," Emma said, commenting on her character in Beauty and the Beast, according to the Independent. "Belle wants to read, she wants to go on adventures and be her own woman, her own person. She was one of my first tastes of feminism, so it's pretty cool to play her now."While she is promoting her upcoming film The Colony, she hasn't forgotten to include a tidbit about feminism and how more men and women should stand up proudly to proclaim themselves as feminists.
"Men think it's a women's word, but what it means it that you believe in equality, and if you stand for equality, then you're a feminist," Emma concluded. "Sorry to tell you. You're a feminist. You're a feminist. That's it."
Emma was not always able to surround herself with good publicity this year, though. She was caught in the Panama Papers as one of the people with offshore accounts, showing that she might be involved in some shady business.
"The actress, who played wizard Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, set up an offshore company using Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of the leak, newly released data show," reports CNN Money. "Watson's spokesman Luke Windsor said the actress set up the company to protect her safety, and does not gain any financial benefit or tax advantage from the move."
Do you think Emma Watson will take her feminism campaign to a new level as the summer grows hot? Or do you think she will spend more time locking lips with her boyfriend? Let me know in the comments below!
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