Emma Watson the English actress who got her big break with the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies has been working hard to change her image from that of the forceful yet shy kid who went to Hogwarts and fought evil. With her new film Bling Ring getting great reviews in Cannes and Emma getting the same sort of reactions; Emma says “So long Harry Potter, I’m a grownup now.”
For those of you who are not part of the Los Angeles celebrity scene or you don’t follow the news about said celebrities very often, it is quite possible that you have never heard of the “Bling Ring.”
For those not in the know, the ‘real’ Bling Ring was the nickname given to a group of star-struck teenagers who hailed from the Los Angeles area that, with very little hard work, managed to take off with a cool $3 million in personal property, cash and other memorabilia from celebrities homes.
By using the internet, reading the Twitter timeline, following celebrity fan magazines and local accounts of who was appearing where and when, they struck between 2008 and 2009. Hitting the houses of the more publicity hungry celebrities. Their victims included such paparazzi favourites as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox.
These avaricious and star happy teens; who were also known as the ‘Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch,’ didn’t even have to break into most of the houses, it seems that the really rich folks of the world, in LA at least, leave their doors unlocked. Considering that Paris Hilton was burgled several times over, she obviously didn’t learn much about home security after the first time.
Journalist Nancy Jo Sales, who covered the story for Vanity Fair, called the events “completely unprecedented in the history of Hollywood”. It was, in fact, so unprecedented that Hollywood couldn’t wait to film the story.
So word is out, that in Cannes, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring starring Emma Watson, is one of the first big debuts out this year and the early review results are in. Almost everyone has praised the movie and the actor’s performances. Though some have noted similarities between Coppola’s Bling Ring and two movies from earlier this year, Spring Breakers and Pain & Gain.
Scott Foundas for Variety said that Coppola stands out with her effort as she is, “Always adept at directing young performers, Coppola encourages fine work here from her cast of mostly newcomers, with Watson taking special relish in shedding her goody-two-shoes ‘Harry Potter’ persona. Broussard also makes a strong impression as the wallflower with a yen for fuchsia stilettos.”
It is satisfying to see Ms Watson doing so well in a different direction with her acting. She has been moving away from that “little girl” image in steady paces. Paces that were aided with her performance in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Emma Watson may be saying goodbye to Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, but the young actress is incredibly focused on what is ahead of her with her film choices and business ventures that she is involved in.
If the word from Cannes is anything to go on, she’s on top form in Coppala’s The Bling Ring and it will surely net them both more favourable reviews during its run.
By Michael Smith