Actress Emma Watson is finally getting to live the life she missed out on (or at least something similar) thanks to her first major film role since leaving the Harry Potter franchise behind. Watson is saying goodbye to Hermione Granger and hello to a character with a much easier name to pronounce.
The 22-year-old Brit will be playing Sam in the film adaptation of the YA novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a book that has a strong cult following and high expectations from readers. Fortunately, Perks author Stephen Chobsky is also directing the film, so let’s hope he gets it right again!
Watson seems to have enjoyed her time on the set, as evidenced in a recent interview at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“It felt pretty exotic to me. It really did. It was a very voyeuristic experience,” Watson said. “Getting to go to Friday night football and Olive Garden, school dances and all of that stuff. That was really another world to me.”
Too bad Hogwarts didn’t have an Olive Garden nearby!
After a of decade playing the same character, Watson said she is excited to show Harry Potter fans what she is capable of outside of the wizarding world.
“I hope what they can see is that I am able to transform, that there are other sides of me that perhaps they haven’t seen yet, and that they might allow me a little bit of room,” Watson said.
Despite all of her Hollywood experience and finishing up her degree at Brown University, Watson said she feels like she still has some growing up to do.
“There are some parts of me that feel very old, and then there are other parts of me that are, like, I have a sense of my own arrested development,” Watson said. “There are some parts of me right now that are probably going through adolescence.”
Watson’s small role in last year’s My Week With Marilyn along with a few other parts she has taken on including Sofia Coppola’s 2013 release The Bling Ring, will hopefully help distance movie-goers perception of the actress. Plus, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Watson will be testing out her American accent, something most audiences have yet to see.
“I mean, just doing American really is different,” she said. ”People have said to me that they keep forgetting it’s me when they see the movie, which for me is more than enough. That’s a success in itself for me, really.”