Emma Watson’s College Professor Told Her To Give Up Acting

Todd Rigney - Author

Aug. 6 2013, Updated 1:14 p.m. ET

Emma Watson might be a wonderful actress, but not everyone feels that she should spend the rest of her life in front of a camera.

Following the success of the Harry Potter franchise, the young actress decided to bid farewell to the industry. Since she felt no one would take her seriously after appearing in the long-running series, she enrolled at Brown University.

Emma Watson said she was trying to figure out what to do with her career while attending classes. It was then that she encountered a professor who suggested the actress give up her Hollywood dreams in favor of something else.

“For a while I bought into the hype of, ‘Will [I] ever be able to play anything else?’ It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while,” she explained to Entertainment Weekly.

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Watson added, “And then a professor told me that they didn’t think I should act, either. So I was really grappling with it and wasn’t feeling good about it.”

Although the professor’s intentions are unclear, the advice seemed to light at fire deep inside the Bling Ring star. In fact, she admitted that she was “p***ed off” enough to give Hollywood another shot.

“I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way,” Emma Watson said.

Instead of giving up, the actress decided to start reading scripts again. Before long she ended up taking a major role in writer-director Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She also landed parts in both Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and the star-studded comedy This Is the End.

Watson can be found next in award-winning director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical tale Noah. The actress will appear alongside Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Douglas Booth in the drama. The film sets sail next March.

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