Emma Watson is a lot of things: acclaimed actress, U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, a newly crowned Disney princess — just don’t call her a role model.
Gracing the cover of this month’s issue of Interview Magazine, the 27-year-old opens up to two-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain about the fear of not living up to the public’s expectations.
“When people call me a role model it puts the fear of god into me, because I feel like I’m destined to fail,” says Watson, adding that things were a little easier when she was just starting out in the business. “When I was auditioning to play Hermione, I had this fearlessness, because I wasn’t aware of anyone else. I just knew I loved that girl and I loved that role and I loved that world, and I went for it. But now I have this other thing to overcome, like in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ I sang for the first time, and journalists would ask me, ‘Do you think you’re going to be able to pull it off?’ There’s an incredible awareness that I have to push through. The night before I gave my speech at the U.N., I was an emotional wreck. I thought I was going to hyperventilate.”
Emma is currently promoting her new film “The Circle”, in which she co-stars with Tom Hanks, “Star Wars” newcomer John Boyega, and comedian Patton Oswalt. The tech-based surveillance thriller is a bit of a departure for the actress.
“I would describe the movie as ‘The Social Network’ meets ‘All About Eve’ meets ‘Panic Room’. ‘The Social Network’ because it deals with how technology intersects with basic human needs: to feel loved, to feel seen, to feel a connection, to feel that you belong. ‘All About Eve’ because it deals with the complexity of the female relationship in a patriarchal world; usually there’s only one woman or two women in a boardroom. And ‘Panic Room’ because it’s intense.”
So how does Watson unwind? “I love to dance. I’m the girl who will get up and dance with zero alcohol in her system. You need give me no excuse. A great song comes on and I’m there; it’s happening.”
As for her soundtrack of choice? “I like a lot of hip-hop. Everyone’s always like, ‘Really? You know all the words to this?’ I’m like, ‘Yes, I do.’ And Beyoncé, Gaga.”
The latest issue of Interview Magazine hits store shelves May 2nd.