“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do or achieve. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be.”
While she’s possibly best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the huge Harry Potter movies, in addition, actor Emma Watson is an advocate of gender equality and a vocal supporter of sustainable fashion.
Watson’s something of a trailblazer in this cause: at the 2016 Met Gala she wore a Calvin Klein dress designed in collaboration with Eco Age and made from sustainable cotton, satin, and taffeta woven from recycled plastic yarn.
In 2019 she was appointed to a G7 advisory board for women’s rights, and recalls first saying she was a feminist in public at just 9 years of age.
Did you know…
Emma Watson decided from the age of 6 that she wanted to be an actor.
She studied acting part time at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
Her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter movies was Watson’s first professional acting experience: the casting agents found her through her acting teacher in Oxford and were impressed with her confidence.
In 2017, the actor was cast as Belle in a live-action version of Beauty And The Beast. She was given lots of freedom to do what she wanted with the role, and chose to make Belle an assistant to her inventor father. The movie was the 2nd highest-grossing film the year it came out, and 17th highest-grossing film of all time.
Watson has modelled as well as acted, for brands including Lancôme and Burberry, and worked as creative advisor for fair trade fashion brand People Tree.
There is a waxwork of Emma Watson at the famous Madame Tussauds wax museum in London. A spokesperson for the attraction commented that “Watson is one of the most requested personalities by our guests. She’s a true English rose known and loved by millions of film and fashion fans around the world.”
In July 2014, Emma became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Her first country visit in this role was to Uruguay, where she highlighted the need for women’s political participation.
Respondents to a National Citizen Service survey for 16 to 17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland cited that Watson’s activism had inspired them to call themselves ‘feminists’: the actor’s impact on teenage girls’ views on women’s rights has become known as “the Emma Watson effect”.
“If you truly pour your heart into what you believe in, even if it makes you vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen.”
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