Emma Watson, On The Modern Belle In ‘Beauty And The Beast’: ‘We Need To Rev Things Up!’

With two weeks to go until the release of the highly anticipated live-action retelling of “Beauty And The Beast”, Emma Watson graces the cover of Vanity Fair, where she opens up about fame and stepping into the fairytale shoes of Belle.

As Watson continues to forge her path in Hollywood, the British actress remains as committed as ever to controlling her privacy. “I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact,” she says about turning down selfie requests from fans. “For me, it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not. If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 metres. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data.

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“When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone’s freakin’ week? Children I don’t say no to, for example.”

And when it comes to managing relationships in the spotlight, Watson remains adamant about keeping her private life, private. “I want to be consistent: I can’t talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home,” she tells the magazine. “You can’t have it both ways…. I’ve noticed, in Hollywood, who you’re dating gets tied up into your film promotion and becomes part of the performance and the circus. I would hate anyone that I were with to feel like they were in any way part of a show or an act.”

As for her newest role, Watson explains how her appointment as UN Women Ambassador and her strong stance on feminism has impacted her role as Belle. “I was like, ‘The first shot of the movie cannot be Belle walking out of this quiet little town carrying a basket with a white napkin in it,’” she reveals. “‘We need to rev things up!’”

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In a departure from the original script, Belle is now the creator and developer of a “modern washing machine that allows her to sit and read” rather than an assistant to her inventor father.

Catch Watson as the modern Belle when “Beauty And The Beast” opens in theatres March 17, and in the meantime, read her complete interview with Vanity Fair, out March 7.


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