Growing up in a cult film series has left and indelible yet not life-defining impact on Emma Watson, Helen Barlow writes.
The greatest shock in seeing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is to notice how much the young actors have grown up. In fact, the fifth instalmnet is no longer a kids’ movie, but a teen drama about characters who are rapidly coming of age.
In real life the three prinipals are maturing faster than their characters, with Daniel Radcliffe even appearing nude on the London stage. Rupert Grint’s chest seems to be getting broaders and his voice deeper and deeper, while Emma Watson is broadening her mind and fashion sense and looking more womanly every day. She’s now on the covers of magazines, appearing very grown up indeed and, as with most things, she is asserting a level of control.
“In interviews lik this and when I’m working on Harry Potter I can dress myself, but the stylists on those shoots have strong views of what they want you to look like,” she says in London. “So sometimes it’s a bit of a battle between what they want you to be and what I really am, so I’m like, ‘Please take off the eyeliner’ or ‘Please don’t put me in those awful shoes’, or whatever it is.”
Does she think of herself as glamorous?
“I can be if I want to be. I love dressing up, but it doesn’t rule or dictate my life.”
Growing up in front of the cameras is never easy and being a part of one of the most successful franchises in film history has meant Watson’s life is not entirely her own.…