Harry Potter fame Emma Watson speaks up about her “five-year break” from acting
Since wrapping up filming on Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed Little Women adaptation in December 2018, Emma Watson hasn’t appeared in any other roles. The Harry Potter actor was questioned about her decision to stay detached from the camera given that her vacation from filmmaking would reach five years at the end of 2023. She recently admitted that she “wasn’t very happy” with her line of work, according to Variety.
Watson remarked, “I believe I felt quite confined. The fact that I was forced to head out and sell something over which I had little to no control was the issue that I found to be particularly difficult. To watch a movie and be able to ask every journalist, “How does this connect with your viewpoint?” It was really challenging to serve as the public face and spokesperson for events that I was not able to participate in.
“I was held responsible in a way that I started to find incredibly frustrating since I didn’t have a choice or an opinion,” she continued.
And I began to understand that I was only interested in getting in front of situations where I could admit, in a manner that did not make me despise my abilities, “Yes, I messed up; it was my choice, and I probably could have done more effectively.”
Watson, whose filmography includes eight Harry Potter films as well as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah by Darren Aronofsky, The Bling Ring, Beauty and the Beast, and others, played Meg March in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, which is still her most recent acting job. Little Women was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture.
Variety reports that Emma reportedly said, “Yes, absolutely; however, I’m content to wait and watch for the next right action. I enjoy my work. It’s about coming up with a method to do it without dividing myself into several faces and people. And I simply don’t want to go into robot mode any longer.