Emma Watson on life as a child star: “It was terrifying"

Joining the Harry Potter cast at just 10-years-old, Emma Watson opens up about what life as a child star was really like

Taking on the role of the already infamous Hermione Granger in 2001, actress Emma Watson has spent most of her life in the limelight.

And 15 years on, the 25-year-old has opened up about her struggles as a child star, saying she finally feels at peace.

Speaking to Porter magazine, the British beauty explained she was “terrified” at the attention she received from such a young age. Emma told how forever being under the microscope and constantly being questioned left her confused and feeling inadequate.

She said: “People [were] asking me ‘What do you think of this? Who are you, who are you, who are you?

“I felt so inadequate because I just didn’t have answers yet.

“I questioned everything. I was terrified by the level of interest in me.’"

A scene of Emma playing Hermione in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
She also explained how she was envious of friends that were leading a normal teen life, discovering who they are in the stereotypical way.

“I had so many friends who had a clear sense of self… I envied those girls because I was so unsure of myself.

“While my contemporaries were dying their hair and figuring out who they were, I was figuring out who Hermione was and how best to portray her.”

But the actress, who has gone on to star in hit films such as Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring, also said she finally feels at ease.

Moving to America and enrolling at Browm University, Rhode Island America in 2009, helped her make progress in her life, giving her space and time to discover who she is.

Emma at the premiere for the final Harry Potter film in 2011
“It gave me this place of refuge, this space where I could negotiate for myself, and time to figure out who I was.

"Now at 25 for the first time in my life I feel like I have a sense of self that I’m comfortable with.

"I actually do have things that I want to say and I want to be my most authentic self. I don’t want there to be a big separation between the public and the private person. "

Emma is a vocal feminist campaigner, being the figurehead of the UN Women HeForShe campaign fighting for gender equality.

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