Harry Potter actress Emma Watson is no “pro” on the stripper pole. Good to know, Hermione.
While promoting her new film The Bling Ringat the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, Watson joked that she’s not exactly a pro on the stripper pole, referencing a scene in the Sofia Coppola flick wherein she performs on Paris Hilton’s stripper pole dance floor.
Fully-clothed, by the way.
“If you watched the film, I’m hardly a pro pole dancer,” Watson said of her moves. “I actually look pretty bad doing it.”
Regardless, The Bling Ring is the latest in a series of artistic risks Watson is taking to break Harry Potter’s spell on her career and re-invent herself as a versatile, dramatic actress.
The 23-year-old has been taking on more provocative roles in films like The Bling Ring, which features a group of celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles kids who track their Hollywood idols on the Internet so they can rob them blind.
Coppola said that she was impressed with Watson’s performance, and said that the pole dancing scene was crucial to her character.
“The pole dancing exercises was part of that culture,” said Coppola. “I wanted to show that whole universe.”
Watson also talked a bit about what her recent roles are teaching her about herself.
“You sort of accept certain things about your personality,” Watson said. “I don’t need to beat myself up about not wanting to go out (at night). I thought there was something quite peculiar about me because I was this insular person. But that’s just how I am. You learn to be okay with the way you are.”
So is Watson planning on getting her own stripper pole so she can practice her moves?
“Shockingly no,” she laughed. “But who knows? Anything can happen. I might be totally different in a year.”
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