Emma Watson is synonymous with her role as the brilliant and clever Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. After the wildly popular series created an identity for her and catapulted her into superstardom, Watson went on to spread her wings in search of different projects that would showcase her talent. One of the films that was a big grosser at the box office was the Darren Aronofsky’s fantasy adventure Noah, in which Emma Watson played Russel Crowe’s adopted daughter.
The film was appreciated by audiences and critics, making $359 million at the box office. It also earned Watson accolades for her performance. But the experience working on the film was far from easy for the Harry Potter star, who almost broke down and gave up due to extreme physical and mental pressure while falling sick during filming.
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Emma Watson Almost Collapsed Due to Dehydration During Noah
Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky, was a life lesson in endurance for actor Emma Watson. The Beauty and the Beast star had to work in extreme outdoor conditions and unpredictable weather for her adventure fantasy film with Russel Crowe. Watson recalled some of her biggest challenges, which included working in the cold weather for extremely long hours.
“I remember being on set and Darren was saying, ‘Okay, the water is going to be cold, we’re probably going to be here for a full day, try and conserve your energy between takes, like keep warm and make sure you eat properly. This is going to be physically very demanding.’”
To add to her woes, Watson wasn’t allowed to drink water on the sets as the film’s environmental message ensured that the director did not encourage plastic water bottles during filming. This led to Watson taking extreme measures by drinking from an old cup for over three months, an action that left her severely dehydrated and ill.
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Emma Watson Took Inspiration From Her Harry Potter Experience
Working on Noah was the hardest thing that Emma Watson has done, by her own admission. The star battled illness, exhaustion, and dehydration to prepare for her role in the adventure fantasy, which went on to make great money at the box office. Watson almost gave up and quit multiple times during the filming, but kept pulling herself up again thanks to her training in the Harry Potter films.
“For a minute I felt very intimidated and then there’s something about having done those Harry Potter films and they were very physical. We did a lot of stuff in Scotland.”
Watson recalled the many times that she was asked to be on sets as early as 4 am in the morning in the freezing cold to film for Harry Potter. This experience over seven films taught her endurance and helped her to cope with the extreme situations she encountered in Noah.
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Source: The Things