Emma Watson: Her Road To Belle

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Emma Watson: born on April 15, 1990 in Paris, France, this actress is the new face of the beloved Disney princess Belle from the classic tale of “Beauty and the Beast”. However, this is not Emma Watson’s first major role, nor is it her first time in the bright spotlight of Hollywood, or on the global scale either. From playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, to being announced the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson is anything but a stranger to not only the spotlight, but to acting and to the feminist movement as she has risen and grown from a child star to a well developed and well rounded woman.

Well known as Hermione Granger from the international famous book and movie franchise Harry Potter, Emma Watson rose to international fame after scoring her first ever major role, in something other than a local school play. Once J.K. Rowling saw Emma’s audition for the role of Hermione in the Harry Potter film adaptation, she decided Emma was the perfect aspiring actress for the role. Even though Emma considered leaving the movie series halfway through to pursue education and other interests outside of acting, the actress finished the series and even teared up alongside her costars at the last ever premiere for The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. She later was accepted and graduated from Brown University with an English degree in 2014. But not only has this remarkable actress had her hands, feet, and wand from Harry Potter indented in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, she has also had her fair share of diverse roles, proving to the world that she’s more than just the talented witch Hermione Granger who was one of the side characters to the main star Harry Potter. From starring in the BBC adaptation of “Ballet Shoes” to being cast in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” this actress has proved she can play any type of role successfully and has given people other roles to remember her for. She even posed on Vogue in 2011 and starred in a Lancome perfume commercial, starting her rise to a fashion icon.

Yet, she isn’t just an actress and style icon. This accomplished woman was also named the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, so she is able to fight discrimination worldwide, even recently giving a speech in New York City to promote the launch of HeForShe, which is a campaign encouraging men to stand up for gender equality as well as women. She’s been on the Time 100 list and has launched a feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf, to raise awareness for gender equality by discussing books and articles on that very subject.

“I think it is important for someone of her age and her career to be in that position,” Kimberly Roberts, age 17, commented on Emma’s role in the equality for all movement. “She can reach out to girls and women of all ages.”

Her latest accomplishments include her role in the March 2017 live action adaptation of the 1990s Disney classic, “Beauty and the Beast” as the main character, Belle, which she got after leaving behind Emma Stone’s award-winning role in “La La Land”. Kimberly Roberts, age 17, and Erika Schlunk, age 18, both commented on the film, saying that even though they may have liked the animated version, Emma’s was still amazing and that, “she can play a variety of roles,” proving she is an amazing actress. She is also starring alongside Tom Hanks in an upcoming film called “The Circle,” coming out in April 2017.

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Emma Watson: Her Road To Belle