Q&A with Emma Watson
Now, this English beauty is all grown up and revealing what sets the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, apart from the rest. Plus, Emma dishes about college, dorm life and her on-screen kiss with co-star Rupert Grint.
Emma Watson: I think this one is the most funny. It has much more to do with the relationships between the students, and there's two quite big love triangles going on in the middle. It just has more romantic interest, which I think is great, and I think the fans will really respond to that, because sometimes the films can be quite dark and quite heavy. I think it's nice to have that kind of lightness to it, as well. So yeah, I'm really happy with it.
KF: Especially leading up to the seventh film, which deals with pretty dark subjects.
EW: Really dark. No, exactly. I think it was really important that we got a little bit of comedy in there. Definitely.
EW: Oh, god. That's a good question! I don't know. I've got no idea. I think I probably would have acted pretty similarly, actually, I'm not going to lie. I think she's in a tricky situation because she hasn't really even realized herself that she really likes him. Like, she's still working it all out. It's still kind of confusing for her. So yeah, I think I would have acted the same. She tries all the old tricks. She tries to make him jealous. She tries to handle it with this really horrible guy who likes her. His name's Cormac, and he's horrible. It's very sweet how she tries to handle it.
EW: I think there are differences and similarities. I think I'm probably a bit more fun-loving than she is. She's a bit more serious than I am. I think I'm a bit more rounded than she is. She's very, like, focused on her academics, and she doesn't really do anything else. But then, we have similarities, as well. I'm very loyal like she is, and I'm very hardworking like she is.
EW: We had the most amazing amount of rain. Unbelievable. And there were like hundreds of people out there, and they just stayed. They were drenched, drenched all the way through. And everyone stayed. In fact, it's probably one of the biggest crowds we've ever had. So, for them to have stayed, considering how awful it was, was just incredible. I think we have the most dedicated fans of any. It's amazing.
KF: Do you find that the fans in America are just as dedicated, or are the British fans more dedicated?
EW: Oh, gosh. That's a really hard question. Gosh, I'll have to wait until tonight [at the New York City premiere] and see. Interesting question.
EW: It feels really strange. It feels really strange. I mean, I still have a lot of work left to do, so I'm being asked all the time, "How do you feel about it coming to an end?" And I'm kind of not quite there yet. I have a lot left to do, and I'm kind of in denial as well. I don't think I'm really going to realize it's over until it's really over, if that makes sense.
EW: We did.
KF: What was that like?
EW: It was, it was...ugh, it was hard. It was really hard. We were both in the same boat, though. We both were really struggling with the idea of having to kiss each other, because our relationship is so platonic. He's like my brother, but we did it and we were happy.
KF: Did you have a little pep talk beforehand?
EW: Yeah, we talked about it before. It was nice that we were in the same boat, as I said before. We both were just like, "Oh god, this is horrible."
KF: Did you all have mints or gum on hand?
EW: We both agreed that we would clean our teeth, but that was it.
EW: Well, I was just as curious as everyone else. The only thing J.K. Rowling told me, she told me I would end up having to kiss both Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert, and I was like, "No way!" This is before I read the last one, so I was like, "Oh, god." Because in the last one, Ron has a vision when he sees Harry and Hermione kissing in his vision, so I'm going to have to do that for the vision. Even though it doesn't actually happen, I still have to do it. I'm going to end up kissing both of them in the last film. Ugh, it's horrible.
KF: Did you get your copy of the seventh book and pour through it like the rest of us, or did you take it slow?
EW: I'm such a big Harry Potter fan, but I just wanted to read it for my own pleasure and enjoyment, not thinking, "Oh, I have to do this in the film," or whatever. I was really excited.
EW: Yeah, that's exactly what I wanted to happen. Down to the fact that I love J.K. Rowling's names that she chose for their kids: Rose and Hugo. I think they're perfect, so I was super happy.
EW: Oh, gosh. I love Cate Blanchett as an actress. I think she's had the most amazing career. She does loads of different stuff, and she plays so many different roles. Anything that she does just says quality. She's just brilliant. I think the way Natalie Portman has handled her career, you know, I think she's amazing. I just think she's incredible. I think Jennifer Connelly is beautiful and great.
EW: Oh, gosh. I'm definitely coming to the States, but I can't talk about where I'm going. I'm trying so hard to keep it private.
KF: Are you going to be announcing it on your website?
EW: Yeah, I said that because...you know, the press claims every single time that they know where I'm going, and it's definitely where I'm going. And they have it wrong. They never check their facts, and I'm not telling them. So I'm just like, "Guys, just don't believe everything you read, and I'll tell you where I'm going."
KF: I can't tell you how many different colleges I've heard you're attending.
EW: Oh my god, four or five? Something ridiculous. They're all like so certain, "She's definitely going here." It's crazy how much interest there is.
EW: I don't know, just everything. You know, a new experience. I'm looking forward to studying again, and riding around campus on my bicycle, and having a roommate...and just everything. The whole experience.
KF: So you're going to live in the dorms and have a roommate?
EW: Yes. I can't wait.
KF: What are you going to miss most about England?
EW: Ugh, I'm going to miss baked beans and tea and marmite, and gosh, lots of things.
KF: What are you starting to like about America from your past trips? Do you have any favorite foods or restaurants?
EW: Pancakes with maple syrup and bacon and amazing bagels. So good. Cheesecake is awesome. Yeah, so there are plenty of things I like here.
EW: I'm not sure, which is one of the reasons why I'm coming to the States—so I'm given time to decide my major. But it will probably be something to do with the humanities. It'll probably be like English or art or something.
KF: What do you see yourself doing in the future? I read you may not want to continue acting.
EW: No, I think I'll keep acting, but I just need to take a bit of a break. I've been acting solidly since I was 9 years old. I just need a couple of years to just be normal for a bit.
EW: Oh, gosh. I love Christopher Kane. I love Phillip Lim. I love Proenza. I love Chanel, Balenciaga...everyone really. I just have fun with it and enjoy it.
KF: Will you be wearing Chanel at college?
EW: No! No, when I'm promoting a movie, this is the stuff I wear. When I'm at college, I'm going to be in sweats and Topshop.
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