Believe it or not, Emma Watson considers the Kardashians an inspiration.
In Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, Watson, 23, plays an L.A. teenager who becomes part of a criminal gang, and the actress says she has Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and a few other reality TV starts to thank for helping her perfect the role.
“I watched a lot of Keeping up with the Kardashians and The Hills, and I tried to understand the psychology of this kind of girl as much as possible,” Watson told reporters at Cannes. “I didn’t want her to be just a parody. The accent was hard as it was a particular kind of dialect. I also thought a lot about what her parents must have been like.”
Though it’s inspired by true events, Watson says the film’s more than a crime movie.
“This really isn’t a heist movie,” said Watson. “It was how about these kids wanted to pretend for just two hours or so that they were actually Paris Hilton and living that life.”
The film includes a cameo by Hilton, who was a victim of the actual crimes, and stars Leslie Mann as Watson’s mother.
When Emma Watson was cast in the Harry Potter films as Hermione Granger, the serious, smart role model to countless young girls, the actress, who was only 9 years old, set a nearly impossible course for herself. Not only did she have to bring life to a beloved fictional character for generations to come, but in an increasingly prying Internet-tabloid culture, she also had to measure up to the perfection of Hermione while creatively moving past that ideal. To grow up in public is brutal on many levels, but Watson, 23, has managed to escape both the bad behavior and the career paralysis that afflict so many child stars. Her biggest act of defiance seems to be her recent move to the United States. She is currently an English major at Brown University in Rhode Island. And although roles in corset movies surely have been offered to her in abundance, she has chosen, post-Hermione, to play two different American girls: Sam, the charismatic object of desire in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in 2012, and Nicki, an aspiring actress and part-time thief in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, out this month.
Emma Watson’s GQ U.K. cover look may be bewitching, but it’s a far cry from her days as Hermione Granger.
In fact, her look recalls another iconic film heroine: Julia Roberts in 1990?s Pretty Woman.
Though most of us had thought the two-piece dress, joined at the navel with a metal ring, was a piece of movie history, Watson revives it — and makes it her own by pairing it with Ben-Amun rubber bangles and some saucy faux tattoos. She leaves Roberts’s memorable blonde wig behind, but replaces it with one of her own; Watson’s pixie cut hasn’t quite grown out to those great lengths yet.
But for those worried that clean-cut star is losing it, you can rest easy: Watson is dressed as her spoiled, sticky-fingered character in the upcoming The Bling Ring, based on the true story of five teens who committed numerous celeb burglaries in 2008 and 2009.
Gorgeous women committing crimes in Beverly Hills? Seems like not much has changed since the Pretty Woman days after all!
Emma Watson’s come a long way since Harry Potter, and now she’s being honored for her achievements in acting.
The British actress will receive MTV’s second annual Trailblazer Award – which honors the best young actors who are creating their own unique careers in the film industry – during the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on April 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Watson, 22, is also nominated for three other MTV Movie Awards for her role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower: best female performance, best kiss and best musical moment.
“Emma Watson endeared herself to fans as one of the most beloved and iconic characters of her generation,” Stephen Friedman, President of MTV, said in a statement. “She’s been a constant presence in the lives of our audience for more than a decade and is continuing to challenge her craft with upcoming roles as radically diverse as her enormous talent.
Watson doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, either – next on her plate is Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, followed by Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, in which she’ll costar with Russell Crowe.
Whether a coincidence or not, actresses named Emma seem to have a lock on the MTV award – last year, Emma Stone took home the first-ever Trailblazer Award.
This is the pushback from Emma Watson, who has taken to Twitter to refute rumors that flamed up over this past weekend that she has been cast as the gorgeous but corruptible Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of E L James’s Fifty Shades of Gray.
“Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Gray as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life,” Tweeted Watson of the erotic role.
The online hacking group Anonymous is reportedly to blame for fanning the erroneous casting news. It published online documents that said came from the internal server of the German Constantin Film studio, suggesting that Watson, 22, was up for the sexy role as lover to the fictional billionaire Christian Grey.
Even the book’s author took to Twitter to shoot down the stories. “There have been no casting decisions made about Fifty Shades,” Tweeted James.
Watson, who had been previously mentioned as a possible contender for the role, told EW.com last July that it was not on her plate. “I haven’t read the book, I haven’t read a script, nothing,” she said.
For those always suffering from Emma Watson onscreen withdrawal, we are happy to alleviate your symptoms with the news that her next highly anticipated project, “The Bling Ring,” will hit theaters this June.
The film, which is currently battling it out against “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” in our heated 2013 MTV Movie Brawl (go vote if you haven’t already!) is based on a true story, specifically the Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins” by Nancy Jo Sales.
The Sofia Coppola-directed film revolves around a group of teenagers who use online celebrity address listings and Twitter to pull off the now notorious heists at the Hollywood Hills homes of celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton and Rachel Bilson that netted them $3 million worth of goods. Joining Watson in the “Ring” are newcomer teen actors Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien and Taissa Farmiga. The movie also includes appearances by Leslie Mann, who plays a former Playboy pinup mom, and Coppola’s muse, Kirsten Dunst. Hilton and musician Gavin Rossdale are also set to make cameos.
When we last caught up with Watson she was a little nervous for people to see her playing such an unlikable character.
“This is how much I hate myself in the movie: I don’t think I’m going to be able to watch it,” she said. “I hate myself.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower actress went on to say that the experience was educational but “weird.”
“It was really weird. This is what’s so awesome about my job, is that I had to get into the shoes of someone I couldn’t relate to,” she explained. “I’ve never had to do that before, but by the end of it, I don’t know, it was really interesting getting into this girl’s head. She represents a lot of what I basically stand against. It was really fascinating to break it down, and be like, ‘What is this actually about?’ It made me like my job a lot.”
The actress, 22, thanks her parents for the “very strong work ethics” they introduced to her in life.
“[They taught me to have] a love and respect for what you do, and [take] pride in it,” she says in the U.K. edition of Marie Claire’s February issue.
But Watson admits there’s a little downside to having such strong drive.
“This is sort of irritating at times – I’m a bit OCD about perfectionism,” she says. “I’m my own worst critic. I think that’s really hard, but it also spurs me on. I always want to do better. I’m always striving towards the next thing.”
But with maturity and experience, the actress has learned not to be as hard on herself.
“Now I feel a lot more settled in who I am and what I think and how I want to do things,” Watson says. “And because I feel good about what I am doing, I don’t need anyone else to say whether they think it’s good or not. I think that comes with age, which is nice.”
Even so, she doesn’t stop creating goals.
“I always have the same New Year’s resolution: to speak French fluently,” she says. “I get a huge wave of nostalgia when I come into the Gare du Nord [railway]. There’s such an emphasis on culture, art and music. And I’ll do anything for a warm baguette.”
Emma Watson, the star of the Harry Potter films, is set to return to Brown University in January next year to complete her degree, her spokesperson has confirmed the news.
The 22-year-old actress, famous for her role as Hermione Granger in the JK Rowling series, is re-enrolling after a two-year absence from her undergraduate studies.
Watson, who originally enrolled in September 2009 for a four-year degree, put her studies on hold at the Ivy League university in 2011 while she finished working on the final instalment of the Harry Potter films.
At the time she told her fans: “I’ve decided to take a bit of time off to completely finish my work on ‘Harry Potter’ … and to focus on my other professional and acting projects. I will still be working towards my degree … it’s just going to take me a semester or two longer than I thought.”
She dismissed rumours that she was dropping out because of bullying.
Watson transferred from Rhode Island to Oxford University in 2011 to continue the third-year of her course but took another break after landing a role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
The actress has previously admitted finding studying at Brown Univerisity hard and said she her success makes it a struggle going out in public places.
“My first two years at Brown weren’t easy, not because I was bullied or because anyone gave me a particularly hard time, but just because, you know, without the collegiate system … and at Brown everyone does completely different things and very much chooses their own path, which is great, but it’s also much more difficult, too. You’re not with a group of people all the time at one time,” she said.
It’s hard to picture anyone being mean to Emma Watson, especially a boy, but…apparently it’s happened.
“English guys are very well put together,” the Harry Potter wizard turned Perks of Being a Wallflower standout, her pixie cut grown into a shaggy bob, told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview airing tomorrow on Ellen.
“They dress really well and they are very well mannered. But they are also very restrained. Usually in the whole courting situation, I‘m used to being first of all, ignored for the first two months of the ritual. And then maybe they’ll acknowledge my presence. Then, they’ll probably be a little mean to me. And then, maybe we’ll, you know…whatever.”
The whatever must be quite the payoff, considering Watson has been dating fellow Brit Will Adamowicz, whom she met while they were both studying at Oxford, for the better part of this year.
And what does the 22-year-old actress think about American blokes?
“Then I arrive in America,” she recalled, “and I remember a few nights into Brown [University], this guy just being like, ‘I like you. You’re great. Let’s go on a date. Let’s do it.’ I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, what just happened?’ This is like a huge culture shock for me. They’re very like open and very straight-forward—but they wear flip-flops and I don’t know if I like that.”