Sometimes method acting makes me a little uncomfortable. It’s like, “Whoa, you had a horn surgically attached to your head just because you’re doing the voice of a unicorn?” or “Ewww, you ate kale just because your character did?” But I can totally get behind Emma Watson’s version of method acting, and in fact I hope it starts a trend among all the biggest-name actors out there who really want to get into their characters’ heads. Styleite reports that Emma got into character for The Bling Ring by creating a Tumblr account and posting as vapid, spoiled little burglar Nicki Moore, who is believed to have been inspired by real-life bling-ringer Alexis Neiers. And I highly recommend you take a look at it. It’s called NickiMooreForever, if you need more convincing that you should check it out.
The Tumblr has your requisite gaudy zebra print background and plenty of ridiculous posts, including random quotes from people like Marvin Gaye. (What is it with shallow teens and their penchant for quoting people they probably know nothing about?) In one post she says she’s “proud” of Audrina Patridge and in another she gushes about how hard Victoria’s Secret models work to look good and get guys like Orlando Bloom (one of the Bling Ring victims, I might add). She also signs a lot of posts with some form of “Nicki xx” or “Namaste.” But the best part is that sometimes you see Emma peeking through, mostly because she writes “colour” and “favourite,” revealing her Britishness.
I love this for so many reasons. First of all, it just seems like such a college student thing to approach a film role by starting an experimental Tumblr project. I can just imagine Emma presenting this in one of her classes at Brown. Second of all, Emma might not always be the best actress, but she clearly takes her job seriously enough to prepare for it in sometimes unconventional ways. She balanced school with pole-dancing lessons, she drew inspiration from the Kardashians, and she worked away at this Tumblr. She really is that “eager beaver” she said she was in her Trailblazer speech a couple of months ago. (Yes, I remember what she said, because she’s great.) But I also really love this Tumblr method because I would love to see other actors use it. Don’t you want to see what Daniel Day-Lewis would post as Lincoln or what Meryl Streep would post as Miranda Priestly? I hope Emma’s technique catches on all over Hollywood.
UPDATE: According to The Huffington Post, the original Tumblr has been deactivated and the URL is no longer run by Emma Watson. Buzzfeed has some screenshots from the original blog if you still want to see it for yourself.