I haven’t read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so it came as a surprise to me when I saw the trailer on Sunday night and got a glimpse of star Emma Watson strutting her stuff in a Rocky Horror Picture Show dance sequence. She looks great in the corset, heels, and feather boa — very Manic Pixie Dream Girl — but she confessed to E! Online that that was one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the shoot for her. “I was very nervous to that stuff,” she said. “It was tough.”
She also angsted over perfecting her American accent… which, according to Crushable’s commenters, came through as disappointingly uneven. “I really wanted to get that right,” Emma said. “But Logan [Lerman] and Ezra [Miller] were very instructive. If I ever said anything that sounded weird, they were like, ‘That’s not right!’ and we would fix it.”
To be sure, these are both challenging things for a young woman who’s played the relatively straight-laced, obviously British Hermione Granger for ten years. But what I found interesting is that she’s had plenty of practice dancing and speaking in a Valley Girl accent in both of her upcoming projects: She plays a trashy Hollywood robber in Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring. Emma’s been tweeting photos of her wearing velour jumpsuits, Uggs, and leather jackets over bikini tops. And if you would believe it, she’s even taken pole-dancing lessons! Not for any dance sequence that we can tell, but because she needed something to do on-set.
As they say, practice makes perfect. So it sounds like Emma’s pretty set for any future movies that require her to be an American girl who likes to get down.
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