Emma Watson has graduated from Hogwarts and will show off a wilder side in the film adaptation of the coming of age novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The British actress, 22, spent most of her early years on the set of Harry Potter, but this movie allowed her to live out some of the high school moments she missed.
“It was weird! This movie was like my adolescence on crack or speed or something,” she says. “It was like all of that stuff that I didn’t get to have, in seven weeks! It was crazy! I was like deliriously tired by the end of the movie because I just didn’t want to sleep!”
Emma opens up about one of the most iconic scenes from the beloved teen novel, where her character, Sam, stands on the back of a pickup truck as it races through a tunnel, with her arms flailing free . She says it was strangely overwhelming.
“I felt like I was going to take off,” she reveals. “It was so emotional for me to do that scene, it felt like the perfect metaphor for the journey I was going on personally… taking on this new role , starting a new chapter. It was so perfect.”
In another more racy scene, Emma strips down to her bra and underwear, standing on a stage for a scene paying homage to cult classic ,the Rocky Horror Picture Show. She said her director and the author of the book, Steven Chbosky, helped her feel at ease.
“Having played Hermione Granger, who is like in a buttoned up shirt and… big knitted jumpers, to stand there in a corset and fish-net stockings and a feather boa – I was like ‘Steve, I wouldn’t do this for anyone other than you! And I want you to know that!’”
And Emma has been keeping quite the secret from her fans! Co-star Nina Dobrev spilled to us that Watson is actually a secret singer, to which Emma confesses: “I hope one day I do a musical! I’d really love to get to do something. It’s very scary for me, there’s something very vulnerable about singing.”
- By Daniel Klimitz