Emma Watson has been having quite a busy time for someone that claimed to have a year off. With her work in the feminist book club and interviewing Gloria Steinem, her year off sounds like a busy 12 months to me.
In one of her most in-depth interviews yet Emma addresses the criticisms she’s received surrounding her feminism.
“It’s difficult to hear criticism from people you consider your peers …but once you take a stance on something like feminism, that’s a completely different ball game…There were a couple of days when I just didn’t want to come out from under the duvet.”
Coming from a position of wealth (she was one of the highest paid actresses in the world during the Harry Potter years) There was understandably some criticism regarding her from the privileged position of an actress, especially such a high paid one, speaking at the UN especially her comparing her pay disparity to a woman working manual labour.
“At first I wasn’t sure if I should allow myself to be upset by it, but then I realised I needed to give myself 24 hours to sulk, and then move forward.”
Emma still goes forward campaigning for feminism in her joint feminist book club (Our Shared Shelf on Goodreads.com) But she’s also returning to her first love, acting as the starring role in March 2017.
“For me, Beauty was the perfect, most joyful thing to do after a heavy year.”
The musical, which had the largest amount of views for a youtube trailer in 2017, is part of Disney’s real life adaptations, the part of Belle feels like a very natural step for Watson.
“There was something that connected about Hermoine and Belle and it was good to be reminded that I am an actress; this is what I do. This film is pure escapism which came before my year off.”