Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a British actress, born in France on April 15th, 1990. Best known for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter movies. She is following up the Potter series with a small role in My Week with Marilyn and the female lead in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She has been tapped to play Beauty in a Guillermo del Toro version of Beauty and The Beast. On 29 February 2012, it was announced she will act in the Sofia Coppola film The Bling Ring.
Has the most substantial Hatedom among the three Potter leads for some reason. Her detractors will tell you that, over the course of the series, she gradually shifted from playing Hermione to playing Emma Watson while her defenders will argue that her only crime was being more attractive than her character is supposed to be. That's as far as we're getting into that.
- Adaptational Attractiveness/Progressively Prettier/Hollywood Homely: In the books, Hermione is described as looking somewhat homely -- not ugly, per se, but rather plain. This didn't happen in the movies, especially considering, towards the end of the series, Emma Watson started to get work as a, you know, model. Then again, by Goblet of Fire, both Harry and Ron start to notice that Hermione cleans up well, and Harry is taken aback by how much different she looks When She Smiles.
- In a conversation with Daniel Radcliffe on the Deathly Hallows blu ray, JK Rowling admits all three of the actors were too good looking for the characters that she thought of as "geeky":
It was really lucky I spoke to Emma on the phone first before I met her because I fell absolutely in love with her. She said to me, in a rushed tone, ‘I’ve only ever acted in school drama plays before! And my god! I just can’t believe I got the part!’ She spoke 60 seconds without drawing breath and I just said, ‘Emma, you’re perfect.’ And when I met her and she was this very beautiful(which she still is of course), beautiful girl, I just kinda had to go, “It’s film, deal with it. I’m still going to see the geeky, ugly duckling Hermione in my mind.”
- Actually, I Am Hermione: One day, she went to a restaurant, and someone noted she looks like the girl who plays Hermione. Her reply was that she is indeed that girl.
- Amicably Divorced: Emma's parents are this.
- Brainy Brunette
- Brown Eyes
- Character Tics: Her infamous "eyebrow acting".
- Fake American: Her roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: See Character Tics.
- I Am Not Spock: Along with almost everyone else to act in the Harry Potter series. Funny that she's also The Spock in the main Power Trio of the series. Also like Leonard Nimoy before her, Watson was the only member of the central trio to consider leaving the franchise before its end.
- Identical Stranger: She is not to be confused with a young Natalie Portman (or, by extension, Keira Knightley). And now with the short haircut, Carey Mulligan, Justin Bieber, or Morena Baccarin -- or a timelost Mia Farrow.
- Important Haircut: Her way of saying goodbye to Hermione and, according to rumors, part of an attempt to land the lead role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It's grown back now.
- Ivy League: Student at Brown University from 2009 to 2011. Announced that she will return there after a year abroad.
- Large Ham: At first, but she's gotten more nuanced by now.
- One of Us: She has said that her way of escaping is just reading and going to school, and her grades rival Hermione's.
- Playing Against Type: From playing very British Badass Bookworm Hermione Granger to a vapid, Rich Bitch, Spoiled Brat American in Sofia Coppola's film Bling Ring, as well as a party girl in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Many of her Awards Show outfits fall into this category.
- She Really Can Act: By the time of the last films, she had toned down her Large Ham tendencies, and carried a few dramatic scenes pretty well, such as the scene where she saw Ron with Lavender in Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince, or her wiping her parents' memories in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.