11 little known facts about Emma Watson

December 19, 2013

1. Sex Symbol

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Emma Watson is the most reluctant sex symbol ever. The former Harry Potter actress was this week named the sexiest female movie star in the world by Empire. Yet Watson is not that impressed, she has gone on record saying that being thought of in ‘that way’ is “embarrassing and confusing”.

2. Appearance

She doesn’t like getting glammed up: People desperately want to change me – dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe, she told the Daily Mail in 2009. Then there’s the choice of clothes… I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me, I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt.

3. Not into parties

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Emma’s also claimed that she’s “not into parties”, doesn’t like getting drunk and is too “shy and sensitive” to “get her kit off for anyone”.

4. Boys

She’s rubbish with boys: Part of being a conventional sex symbol is knowing how to reduce men to gibbering wrecks but that’s not the case with Watson. “I say to my friends, ‘Why hasn’t X called me? Why doesn’t anyone ever pursue me? They’re like, ‘Probably because they’re intimidated’. I find it hard to believe I would be intimidating.”

5. Duty to preserve JK Rowling’s Hermione

Watson very clearly still feels a duty to preserve JK Rowling’s wholesome character.

Explaining why she couldn’t watch the Perks of Being a Wallflower scene where her character does Rocky Horror (ie, gets naked), Watson told Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw: “This film really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I told the director that I have just come from playing Hermione Granger and you are expecting me to dance and putting me in corsets?”

6. Lost Child

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The 23-year-old Watson still looks so youthful, she was reportedly stopped by officials at JFK Airport because they thought she was a lost child.

7. Kissing

Watson is not a fan of kissing. She had to kiss her Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint for Deathly Hallows Parts I and II (2010-11). She says: “That required a huge amount of professionalism.”

8. Anastasia Steele

Watson has been linked to the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey but dismissed the idea in a tweet: “Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really? For real. In real life?”

9. Most Dangerous Celebrity

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In 2012 Watson was named as the “most dangerous celebrity” online by security firm McAfee, with nearly one in eight searches for Emma leading to a malicious website that’ll kill your laptop dead.

10. Romance is dead

She doesn’t believe in love: In Watson’s eyes there’s no point labelling people as sexy because romance is dead. “I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation.”

11. Hermione Granger

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The producer behind the Harry Potter films, David Heyman has revealed that Watson often had to be negotiated with to continue with the role of Hermione Granger. He said, “Emma in particular, was quite academic and was very keen in pursuit of schooling and was wrestling a little bit more than the others.”

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