Emma Watson Nearly Quit Acting! But She Confesses Her Reason for Returning

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You probably don’t recall because it seems so minuscule to us normal folks, but there was a brief moment where Emma Watson dropped off the film radar. As shooting for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 died down and she enrolled as a student at Brown University, she kept her movie career simple, only taking on a small part in 2011’s My Week with Marilyn. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, that was almost her last move as an actor…

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 23-year-old actress spills, “For a while, I kind of bought into the hype of, ‘Will they ever be able to play anything else?’ It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while. And then a professor told me that they didn’t think I should act, either. So I was really grappling with it and wasn’t feeling good about it. And then, I don’t know… it got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started pissing me off. I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way. I’m not sure why that shift happened.”

What solidified acting as a longer-term career for Emma was a little movie called The Perks of Being a Wallflower: “I was really unsure, but then I read the script for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me. I stopped intellectualizing it, and it became much more instinctual. I just got the bug and got very driven all of a sudden, which I really wasn’t before.”

So thanks, Perks! Can you imagine Emma Watson not being on the big screen anymore? What do you think of her roles since Harry Potter? Tell us in the comments!

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