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Watson opens up on Radcliffe, Grint and life at Brown
By Ruben V. Nepales
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:18:00 11/19/2010
Filed Under: Celebrities, Cinema, Entertainment (general)http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/entertainment/entertainment/view/20101119-304154/Watson-opens-up-on-Radcliffe-Grint-and-life-at-Brown
LOS ANGELESAs promised, we feature today our recent interview with Emma Watson at Claridges Hotel in London. In our freewheeling chat, the actress talked candidly about her last day of filming on the Harry Potter set, the difference between the final two films (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2), the contrasting personalities of her pals and costars, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, her life at Brown University and her future.
How was your last filming day?
Shooting the last day felt like an out of body experience. It was very hard to process but when it finally hit me, it was very emotional. I grew up in that film studio, with that crew. It was sad. It was the end of an era but Im also ready to move on. Im really ready.
Rupert told us that you and he served from his ice cream truck.
We made such a mess. By the end of it, the inside of the truck was covered in ice cream. But we had a great time doing that. That was one of my favorite memories.Difference
What is the difference between Part 1 and 2?
I would say that Part 2 is much more of an action film than the first one. Part 1 is more psychological and emotional. Part 2 is the big finale. It culminates in a full-on war. I said to Dan, I want a taste of the kind of action girl that Hermione was in the third movie. I wore dark jeans, zip-up top, denim jacket and desert boots. She looks like a real tomboy. Shes one of the boys and one of the heroes. Shes very brave.
Can you describe your friendship with Daniel and Rupert?
Dan is very talkative and has very high energy. If Im feeling a bit anxious, Dans the one I go to and find. Weve had conferences together about everything. If we think we havent done very well, generally we see each other as a sounding board.
Rupert is the total opposite of Dan. Rupert has this very calm energy about him. Hes very self-contained. Hes the guy who I go to when I just want to be relaxed and have a nice laugh. He has a great sense of humor. He can be a kid. Like his dressing room was a childrens wonderland. The room had every kind of game, sweetsevery kind of whatever you can imagine.
Did you choose to go to a university in the US for privacy reasons?
I did go to the States for some anonymity. But mainly I went to Brown University because of the course I wanted to take. I didnt want to study one thing for several years. I wanted to keep myself broad. I wanted to study languages, do art and try different things. Im going to major in history but the Brown curriculum is very open.
And hows your life at Brown?
The first few weeks were tricky. Some of the kids had not yet gotten used to the idea that I was there to be a student. So there were some kids who asked me for autographs or have photographs with. I had to say, Hey guys, Im going to be around every day for the next four years.Novelty
I just had to try to get across the idea that I wasnt going anywhere; I wasnt going to be a novelty; and could they treat me like everyone else? Nowadays, Im totally left alone. Im allowed to have an ordinary, normal existence.
Has it been difficult to make friends at school or away from the set?
Ive asked some of my friends at Brown, Why werent you friendly in the beginning? They usually say, I didnt want you to think that I was interested in you only because you were famous so I kept my distance. I say, Thats a shame because weve become such good friends now. We could have cut the time it took in half.
In your life outside Brown, have you adjusted to being recognized by people?
I know it sounds silly but I forget that Im famous. Sometimes I get startled because some people recognize me quite suddenly. Theyll go, Youre the girl from Harry Potter! It will really make me jump. I put on a different head and persona to deal with all of this.
With the Harry Potter franchise came fame and wealth. What were the first things you bought?
My parents never wanted doing Harry Potter to be about the money. I would have done it for nothing. It has been the most amazing experience. I have an Apple laptop, a Toyota Prius. Im renting a flat. Ive bought some antique pieces of furniture, which I love. And thats about it, really.
You had several directors in the Harry Potter series. Who helped you shape your character the most?
Alfonso Cuaron. I feel that he really believed in me. We communicated really well. He expressed things in a way that I found very easy to follow and understand. He gave me a lot of freedom. It was very exciting to work with him because, from the beginning, he had a vision and I could see where he was going with it. Hes very creative.
The other one is David Yates. He taught me more than Alfonso did. David made me give the most truthful performance. In a very kind, gentlemanly, lovely way, he pushed me the hardest than any of the directors have pushed me. He would go take after take until he got what he wanted from me. He hates artifice in any fashion. He wanted everything to be truthful, honest and heartfelt.
You worked with many of the finest British actors in this series. What did you learn from them?
I had some very interesting conversations with Helena Bonham Carter about how she developed a role. She has quite a similar approach to the one that I do. Shes quite academic about the way she approaches a role.
Emma Thompson had the most wonderful way when shes on the set with the crew. She remembers everyones names. Shes incredibly courteous, considerate and polite. She puts everyone at ease and she makes everyone laugh. Thats the kind of actress I want to be. I feel that a crew looks at the leading actors or actresses to set a tone. Leading the crew as a team is part of the directors job, but I feel that leading actors have a part in that as well. I found Emma inspiring from that perspective. I thought, wow, thats also part of my job. I want to keep everyone motivated, inspired and excited by what were doing.
Just in case someday you dont want to pursue acting anymore, whats your plan B?
Id like to write one daywho knows? There are about four different things I could see myself quite happily doing. Ive always wanted to be a Renaissance woman. I want to do a bit of everything, really. Ill be a Jack of all trades, master of none (laughing). Im happy with that.
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