Ever since Emma Watson tweeted the first photo of her in-costume for Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring, we’ve been eagerly looking forward to this classy young star playing utterly trashy. But it turns out that the role of conceited rich girl Nicki — who orchestrates the robbing of celebrity homes belonging to Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom – is still an adjustment for Emma herself. Talking to MTV News about her new movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Emma briefly discussed The Bling Ring and how she’s had such a violent reaction to playing her character. She said,
“This is how much I hate myself in the movie: I don’t think I’m going to be able to watch it. I hate myself so much.”
From anyone else that would sound way overdramatic, but we can level with Emma. It was a drastic transformation, far removed from her actual persona or any character she’s played before. I mean, just imagine Hermione Granger dealing with a Muggle like this.
Yeah. She’s made her career on playing these composed, bright, demurely sexy, nigh-unattainable young women. And then she goes and turns into a spoiled brat with hair extensions and a tramp stamp. You have people like her Perks co-star Ezra Miller, who freely admits that he played the psychopath teenage killer in We Need to Talk About Kevin so well because he recognizes parts of Kevin in him. It seems that Emma is going for the opposite tack—reveling in just how alien this role is.
“I also want to point out on my lower back, I have an Om Buddha sign, like a tramp stamp. 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. 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.”
And of course, any potential self-loathing is overshadowed by her genuine optimism about the role. Careful, Emma, it’s only ’cause you’re cute that we can stand all this positivity.