A talented actress and a vocal supporter of women’s rights, Emma Watson is many things. However, she is most notably known to be a lot of people’s childhood crush thanks to her portrayal of the lovable Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. Throughout the eight movies, fans grew up with Emma Watson, therefore, it goes without saying that Hermione is the first role that comes to mind when someone says her name.
Now, while Emma Watson believes it is absolutely surreal how her life changed because of Harry Potter, she also feels a little guilty about it. Why? Well, she is of the opinion that there could have been another actress who would have appreciated the opportunity more than her. These thoughts found their way into Emma Watson’s therapy sessions where she opened up about the guilt.
Emma Watson Feels Guilty after Harry Potter
Playing Hermione Granger was the first huge role in Emma Watson’s life, and surprisingly, her first role became the one people remember her the most for. It shot Watson to high levels of success that many people can only dream of. In an interview with Vogue, Watson got candid about the fame she received through these films and how she feels guilty about the whole situation.
“It’s so bizarre and otherworldly what happened to me. That’s something I’ve sat in therapy and felt really guilty about, to be honest. Like, ‘Why me?’ Somebody else would have enjoyed and wanted this aspect of it more than I did. I’ve wrestled a lot with the guilt around that. Of being, like, ‘I should be enjoying this more. I should be more excited.’ And I’m actually really struggling.”
In order to deal with the fame, Watson has built boundaries that allow her to keep her private life private. And to do that, she doesn’t let her fans take pictures with her, except for children. Although, she is always up for a chat!
Emma Watson Hated Getting Recognised in Bangladesh
The moment Watson realized just how famous she had gotten through Harry Potter was when she was in the South-Asian country, Bangladesh. While most celebrities would be over the moon to see how famous they have become, it was not the case with Watson. According to Global Grind, Watson stated,
“It was when I was in a shanty town in Bangladesh and a boy stopped me on the street and said, ‘You’re the girl from Harry Potter’ and there’s nowhere in the world I can go almost it feels that isn’t somehow touched by this film franchise. It reaches the farthest, farthest corners of the Earth where you’d least expect places. I was like, ‘Wow I really can’t go anywhere.’”
Don’t get her wrong though. Emma Watson feels pretty fortunate about the fame and love she has gotten. She stated that she never knew what total freedom was in the first place, adding,
“It’s something I grew up knowing and a process that happened gradually. I haven’t had anything else, and in a way, I guess that’s a blessing.”
It has been over two decades since the world got to meet Watson’s Hermione Granger. Since then, while she has been in movies like Beauty and the Beast, Little Women, and Perks of Being a Wallflower, she is still known best for Hermione.
You can stream all Harry Potter films on Peacock.