Emma Watson, aka Hermione from Harry Potter, is the epitome of English-ness. She has a refined, almost lyrical voice, that would be well suited at Oxford or Cambridge, and she remains a lot more reserved than many other current celebrities. Perhaps, it’s because she is wise enough to let her hair down out of the public eye. There is such a great sadness in the knowledge that photographers will position themselves to get the most unflattering pose of a celebrity, just to sell the pictures. Which is hardly the stereotypical gentlemanly reputation that English men are reported to possess. When I speak to foreign people about this country, they describe a quaint image of England. I find myself in conversations about the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Pennines or the Peak district, tea and crumpets, or strawberries and cream. They talk about the bowling greens and cricket grounds, where people are said to enjoy high tea and scones. They talk of ladies and of gentleman, and of etiquette and elocution. It’s how a lot of foreigners envision our daily lifestyles. Thankfully, there is still a small minority where these traditions still live on. Emma Watson with her genteel demeanor, kindness, and refined attitude, is the stereotypical ‘English Rose’, she flies the flag for young females, to prove that there are actually some ladies in this generation!
This is why Watson has done so well, in my opinion, her delicate manner conceals her determination to succeed, the little girl from Harry Potter ‘done good’ for herself! (Pardon the poor use of language there, but it was the only way to sum it up succinctly). After I read an article that quoted Emma Watson’s opinion on the topic of Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s relationship, my opinion of her went up even further. She said;
“Kristen is human, just like everybody else, and she’s so young. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone…Those who criticised her are the same people that think that being rich and famous is like being covered in some kind of magic powder that makes life perfect. Nothing can go wrong in your wonderful world.”
I thought, not only is Emma Watson a lady through and through, but she’s also open-minded and wise beyond her years. It was at this point that I came to the conclusion that I like Watson, a lot. I then went on to find out more about her as I was quite intrigued to discover what kind of person she is.
Despite the Harry Potter star being the perfect ‘poster girl’ for England, she was actually born in Paris and lived there until she was five. She then moved to Oxford with her Mother and attended Stage Coach Theatre School on a part -time basis. She then auditioned and was offered the part of Hermione Granger. She received 5 hours private tutoring a day while on set so that she was still able to achieve 8 A*’s and 2 A’s in her GCSEs. Following her A-Levels she managed to get into Brown University, which she enjoyed, although her studies are currently on hold due to filming commitments . It’s quite hard to believe that at the age of 22 Emma has been given 15 awards, and has been nominated for 39 awards in total.
Watson has also been involved in several eco-friendly projects, such as her eco-friendly fashion line she did with People Tree, called “Love from Emma” in 2010. She said at the time:“I don’t want to wear something on my body that hurts the environment or the people in it. It’s hard to know what is good and what is bad on the high street and equally hard to find fashionable or youthful ethical clothing. So I decided to work with People Tree to put together a collection I could be proud of in terms of both ethics and design.” The collection gave a percentage of sales to UNICEF. A charity of which Watson is a firm advocate, she asks that friends give a donation to the charity rather than giving her presents each year, for her birthday. She has also, more recently, become involved in a campaign to raise awareness about sustainable living and environmental issues. The project is run by New York photographer, and activist , James Houston. Houston took artistic photos of nude celebrities, models and elements of nature for his new book titled “Natural Beauty.” Watson poses with a flower, while having wet hair and wearing barely no makeup (another reason why I love with her!). Houston explained the project by saying ,
“My latest project, NATURAL BEAUTY, is a photographic series inspired by the connection I feel to nature in my design work and in the environment. I shot some of the world’s leading celebrities and top models who are also environmentally conscious. The project will launch during World Earth Week 2013 in New York and Los Angeles in collaboration with MILK Galleries NYC. By celebrating the incredible beauty that exists in nature, my hope is that these images will inspire people to appreciate and value nature’s beauty. The environment is a gift we can’t afford to take for granted. We all need to do our part to protect it.”