Emma Watson had that overnight success when she was 11 years old, after the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", the first of the eight Potterian series.
Actress and model Emma Watson
However, Emma Watson has not become a kind of actress known for one role. She would not limit her professional talents to acting either – and succeeded as a model.
Popularity and wealth do not prevent Emma Watson from taking care of contemporary social problems. She is the United Nations a Goodwill Ambassador and opposes gender inequality. In 2015, she was named the Campaigner of the year at the Observer Ethical Awards.
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born on April 15, 1990 in Paris. Her parents are Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson. The girl was named either after his father’s mother or after a good friend of the family.
Chilhood pictures of Emma Watson
Emma’s parents got divorced when she was five. Her Dad came back to England where he was from. Her mother Jacqueline decided to move to England as well for the sake of Emma’s and her brother’s psychological comfort. So during her childhood, Emma shared her time between Oxford where her mother settled down – and her father’s house in London.
Emma Watson in her childhood and now
When Emma was three, she said she wanted to learn how to act, and at the age seven she got her first "acting award" for reading poems at Daisy Pratt school competition.
Emma Watson with her parents and younger brother Alex
Having noticed little Emma’s inclination to acting, Jacqueline sent her daughter Stagecoach Theater Arts school. As a student, the girl played such parts as the wicked witch Morgan in "King Arthur: The Young Years”, the swallow in “The Swallow and the Prince”, the angry cook in "Alice in Wonderland", and also the main female role in the fairy tale "The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde.
Emma Watson and «Harry Potter»
The teachers of the Stagecoach school sent Emma's portfolio to the manager who selected the actors for the adaptation of the best-seller "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" by British writer J. K. Rowling.
Emma Watson: the first screen test for Harry Potter
Emma Watson had no illusions concerning her acting talents and was just happy to pass the first round.
The film’s producer David Hayman was surprised by the professional confidence of this 8-year-old who passed all the eight rounds and left behind more than a thousand of competitors, more experienced actresses between them. The choice was approved by Joan Rowling too; the writer kept her fingers crossed for the girl from the very first audition.
The trio of young wizards - Harry, Ron, and Hermione
Having passed all the auditions successfully, Emma was introduced to Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Greene. She would have to work with those two for the next 12 years full of hard work and bright impressions on the shooting area.
The premiere of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" expected of by the millions of fans of Rowling's books took place on November 4, 2001. On the very first day, the film broke all the records in terms of the number of the viewers and was later recognized as the top box office movie of 2001.
Little Hermione Granger charmed the audience
The critics highly estimated the performance of all three actors but Emma Watson’s performance was marked exclusively. The Daily Telegraph called Watson’s Hermione Granger "admirable," and the observer of “Imagine Games Network” said that Emma Watson outshined everyone. The same year, the girl was nominated for the Young Artist Award in the category "Best Actress".
Young Emma Watson Interview (2001)
Emma got her first fee, 125 thousand dollars, and her parents put in a bank for her future education. However, some of that sum was spent to make a fancy party for Emma’s friends – to celebrate the end of the filming of the first part of the saga.
Hermione has grown up
The shooting of the first and the following parts took almost the whole year round, so Emma had to transfer to the Headington School for girls where she had the opportunity to study part-time or on the distance. Even when the filming process was well under way, Watson and her colleagues did their school assignments five hours a day. In 2006, between the fourth and the fifth part of "Potterian," the girl received a school-leaving certificate. She had eight "A+" and two "A" in her school transcript.
How Emma Watson was changing
In 2008, Emma finished the summer course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and then continued her studies at Brown University, USA. Geology and literature were among her favorite courses.
Emma Watson wore short haircut
Before Emma’s admission exams, there appeared rumors that Emma was not going to take part in the sixth series of the saga. "I would not like to be completely dependent on the shooting process for the next three years," she said in an interview. But her leaving would put an end to the hard work of hundreds of people involved in the project by that moment. “Warner Bros” representatives managed to convince her to stay though. No one knows what fee has Emma got for her participation in the sixth part. To do that, the actress had to take an academic leave.
Emma Watson, an alumna of Brown University
In spring of 2014, the actress nevertheless graduated from Brown University and got her bachelor's degree in English literature.
"Is there a life after Hermione?" - many actress’s fans wondered when the second part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was released in 2011. Now we can answer: yes, definitely there was.
Emma Watson is good at anything she ever turns her hand to
The first role that Emma Watson played apart from the Harry Potter saga was that of a ballerina Paulina Fossil in the television adaptation of the novel "Ballet shoes" by Streatfeild Noel. The lyrical family-addressed film was well received by the viewers. The audience was particularly touched by the twins Nina and Lucy played by Emma’s stepsisters.
Emma Watson in «Ballet shoes»
In 2009, Emma pleased the audience with the film "My Week with Marilyn.” Emma’s part – that of an assistant Lucy – was small but memorable. Emma Watson as a grown-up was impressive not less than as a child.
A frame from "My Week with Marilyn”
The next year, the film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” was released (a screen version of the novel by Stephen Chbosky). The story was about a shy and unpopular boy named Charlie who finally met people that understood him and accepted as a part of their group. During the shooting, Emma Watson made friends with Logan Lerman (Charlie) and Ezra Miller (Patrick).
Emma Watson about «The Perks Of Being A Wallflower»
In 2013, she played a self-confident thief in "Elite Society" directed by Sofia Coppola. She also appeared in the comedy "End of the World 2013: Apocalypse in Hollywood". Along with other Hollywood celebrities engaged in the project, she played herself. In the story, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and other guests of a crazy party find themselves having slept through the end of the world and try to survive.
In spring 2014, she was approved for the role of Ila, the adopted daughter of the biblical Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s "Noah."
A screenshot from «Noah»
In early 2016, the young woman claimed that she was going to take a break from acting for a year and to turn to self-development. "My goal is to read two books a week. One for myself and the other for my feminist project "Our Shared Shelf ", - she said in an interview.
Initiative and energetic Emma realized a long time ago that her high social position in society gives her a chance to speak on the part of those who cannot speak about their problems openly.
She is most concerned about the problems of inequality between men and women. This was the topic that she dedicated her speech to at the United Nations headquarters. The actress has launched HeForShe campaign fighting against the oppression of women.
Emma Watson UN speech
The mentioned above project "Our Shared Shelf» is a thematic virtual book club for feminists that was founded with Watson’s participation.
Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.
The Personal Life of Emma Watson
The actress doesn’t like to enlarge upon her personal life trying to prevent her boyfriends to be scared away by media. Nevertheless, some information about her boyfriends leaked into the press.
Emma Watson admitted that at the age of 10 she was in love with her colleague Tom Felton (also known as Draco Malfoy).
Emma Watson and Tom Felton
In 2006-2007, the actress dated Matthew Jenny. The guy studied literature in Oxford and played rugby professionally.
Emma Watson and her ex-boyfriend Matthew Janney
In her early interviews, Emma admitted that as a child she was mad about Prince Harry. Perhaps this is why in 2008, she got involved with a 26-year-old Jay Barrymore, who looks exactly like the prince, and even moved in with him for a while.
Jay Barrymore and Emma Watson
Later she had affairs with George Craig, the model, and her colleague by "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" Johnny Simmons.
In 2011-2012, Emma Watson dated Adamowicz, a graduate student at the University of Oxford. The couple broke up because of Emma’s tight schedule. Their feelings did not stand the distance.
In the picture: Emma with Will Adamowicz
In 2016, the paparazzi caught Emma Watson walking with an unknown young man. The man turned out to be 35-year-old William Knight, a programmer and entrepreneur, a person far from the world of cinema. Again, the schedules of both brought the couple to a breakup.
In 2016 Emma Watson was dating William Knight
Emma Watson now
In 2017, "The Beauty and the Beast”, a film adaptation of the famous Disney fairy tale, was released. Emma Watson played Belle captured by a monster (Dan Stevens). The film was one of the most anticipated premiers.
Emma Watson in «Beauty and the Beast». The Best Moments
To prepare for the role, Emma took classes of singing, dancing, and riding for three months. Because of the schedule conflict, she refused to play in another musical, the sensational "La La Land." The main female role in "La La Land" was performed by her namesake Emma Stone.
Emma Watson In «Beauty and the Beast»
In 2017, "The Circle" was released. The story is about a network called The Circle that unites all the computer data of one person. Emma played a young graduate Mae Holland who got a job at The Circle.
At the same time, Emma Watson's name appeared on the covers of yellow press for the reasons not associated with her acting talents. In March 2017, a group of hackers broke into Emma’s computer and published some of her “naked” photos. Those photos actually turned out to be quite innocent though – Emma simply poses in her friend’s swimsuits.
Hackers published Emma’s personal photos on the Internet