• Mon, Aug 5 - 11:45 am ET

A Professor Told Emma Watson To Quit Acting, Are We Sure It Wasn’t Dolores Umbridge?

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We’re not shy about our love for Emma Watson around here. In fact, she would probably think our obsession with her is a little creepy, but we swear, it isn’t, really! I can’t imagine Hollywood without Emma. I mean, somebody has to balance out the Kardashians and Farrah Abrahams of the world. Which is why I’m so glad that Emma didn’t take the advice she was given after the end of the Harry Potter movies. Apparently, one of her professors told her she should quit acting, and she was feeling similar pressure from other people, too. She opened up about it in a recent interview:

For a while I kind of bought into the hype of, ‘Will they ever be able to play anything else?’ It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while. And then a professor told me that they didn’t think I should act, either. So I was really grappling with it and wasn’t feeling good about it.

I knew that Emma had taken a bit of a break from acting, but I never realized she was feeling so much pressure. It’s totally understandable, given the huge success of the Harry Potter movies and the fact that so many of us grew up with Emma as Hermione. I guess I just think of Emma as being so smart and composed that I imagined she just brushed the pressure off, because it seems that way. She made a really smooth transition from such an iconic, well known movie franchise into other roles, which not all actors are able to pull off.

And that professor? What a jerk. Sure, maybe they meant well and were just trying to give her some helpful advice. Maybe they wanted her to pursue academics, not acting. But come on. Anyone who tries to take Emma Watson away from us has to be kind of a jerk… or maybe it was Dolores Umbridge. Just saying.

Luckily, Emma’s got a little fight in her and she wasn’t about to let the haters take her down. That’s the Hermione left in her:

And then, I don’t know … it got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started pissing me off. I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way. I’m not sure why that shift happened… I wanted to make a conscious adult decision that this was what I wanted to pursue, because that decision was made for me as a nine-year-old. I had no idea what I wanted. I had no idea who I was really. So I wanted to step away and make sure this is what I wanted to pour my life and my energy and my blood, sweat, and tears into.

That’s RIGHT Emma, you show ‘em. This interview, like all other Emma Watson interviews, has just made me love her more. I love that she’s being honest about her struggles, in her totally classy way. Yup, she’s pretty perfect.

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  • Olivia Wilson

    It’s good that she took a break to “find herself” because it’s always the child stars who never did that who end up spiraling.

  • Rachel

    I mean Rupert Grint, though not as impressionable as Emma, pretty much quit and he’s now got a multi-million dollar housing empire/just enjoying life. I could definitely see her retiring early and pursuing education or other things

    • GarnetHenderson

      But wouldn’t you miss her?!

    • Rachel

      I would :.( but I wouldn’t want her to lose her passion and keep doing movies for the sake of doing it. I think all of us would be left reminiscing the good times then