The Bling Ring and This is the End actress says that she always intended to go back, despite the rumours that she initially left because of bullying issues. Emma has repeatedly claimed that the reason she “took a break” from the University was to continue working on her career.
We believe her.
Just look at what she’s been working on while she’s been on her “degree sabbatical.” In a very short time, she’s done: The Perks of Being a WallFlower, Bling Ring, and The End of the World. Not many people are so busy on their breaks.
But not only is Emma leaving her Hermione in the Harry Potter films, but she is carving a niche for herself in the entertainment industry. She also has her eye on carving out another niche in the business side of things.
She said in an interview with Rookiemag.com that the Ivy League university was the perfect place to pursue her goals. The 23 year-old actress said, “I really like the fact that it has a very open curriculum, that there aren’t any requirements. Really, I’ve kind of been in charge of my own education since I started out on Potter when I was 9 or 10, and I liked that I could design my own major if I wanted to, and I could take independent studies if I wanted to on subjects that weren’t necessarily in the curriculum.”
Emma started at Brown University back in 2009 but left in 2011 with rumours of bullying being an issue. The rumours were put to bed pretty quickly and the real reason was that the actress had too much to do with a full schedule of public events and the promotional things that were necessary in the run up to the last Harry Potter film.
Watson has said that the thing she loves about Brown in that the curriculum is set by you and that the university uses a quite harsh “grading” system. She enjoyed the classes she took and she readily admits that the curriculum wouldn’t suit everyone.
With Emma Watson going back to school, a real challenge of a university that doesn’t focus on make-believe like the Hogwarts “school for wizards,” She will undoubtably enjoy getting back to her studies, no matter how difficult they may be.
The 23 year old actress said, “I did an independent study on the psychology and philosophy of how and why we fall in love, which was awesome. Opportunities like that, and the idea of classes being pass/fail, make it sound as if you don’t have to work as hard, but it actually gives you the freedom to try out things that you wouldn’t be able to do if you had to get a certain GPA on your transcript. It lets you take classes that you wouldn’t otherwise.”
Emma says that she is very focussed on her career and that she isn’t a party hardy type. She apparently has a lot more respect for herself than to waste her time getting drunk and winding up on the front pages of tabloid-type newspapers.
She said, “It’s interesting, because people say things to me like, ‘It’s really cool that you don’t go out and get drunk all the time and go to clubs,” she said. “…and I’m just like, I mean, I appreciate that, but I’m kind of an introverted kind of person just by nature, it’s not like a conscious choice that I’m making necessarily. It’s genuinely who I am.”
But the actress has definitely left the world of Harry Potter behind her along with her image as the “good-two-shoes” Hermione Granger. In the film Bling Ring which comes out on June 14, she got in touch with her inner “badness” to portray one of the “real-life” fame obsessed teenagers who targeted celebrities to burglarise and in The End of the World, due out 12 June, she plays herself; albeit a kooky version of herself.
Her introduction in the film, This is the End, has her coming into Seth Rogan’s apartment dragging an axe behind her!
The 23 year old Emma Watson has been very, very busy on her break from Brown University. She is most likely going back to school but since she isn’t a part of the Harry Potter verse any longer; not Hogwarts. She’s not only going back to finish her degree but, most likely, to have a rest from all that film making.
By Michael Smith