Emma Watson has grown up from her days playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. The 21-year-old is now the new face of Lancôme’s “Rouge in Love” lipstick range and finishing her studies at college. Currently studying English at Oxford as part of the program at Brown University – she says being at school is a nice break.
She tells The Independent, “Doing the Potters was such a bubble and then having to figure out how to function in the real world has been a challenge. But it’s been the small successes for me: I know how to use a washing machine, I can cook. It’s worth it to me not to feel disconnected from everything, feeling like I’m in touch with people who do other things than acting or being in the entertainment industry.”
She added, “It’s just given me time, really. People use their time at university and at school, which I didn’t have, to really think about and figure out what they want to do, and who they want to be. And it’s been so nice not to be pushed around or pushed into doing things.”
As for her looks – cutting her hair short was something the actress felt she wanted to do because it was different. However she got some mixed opinions on it and made some people think she was a lesbian.
“I had journalists asking me if this meant I was coming out, if I was a lesbian now. That haircut did make me realize how subjective everyone’s opinion is. Some people were crazy for it and some people just thought I’d lost my sh*t. All I can do is follow my instincts, because I’ll never please everyone.”