Everybody remembers Emma Watson for playing geeky Hermione in the “Harry Potter” series. But, if you’re still picturing Emma Watson as Hermione you’re going to have a shock seeing her in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” or next year’s “The Bling Ring”. One thing is for sure, from Hermione to being a wallflower, Emma Watson’s acting career is just starting.
When the “Harry Potter” series became insanely popular, there was only one image people had in mind when thinking about Emma Watson. But the actress has decided she’s going to take only the parts that would set her apart from Emma Watson – Hermione. Thus, she became American-speaking Sam in drama “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, which is set to premiere September 21.
It’s an amazing transformation, from curly hair Hermione to loose Sam performing in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. And let’s not forget, next year’s “The Bling Ring” when you’ll see Emma Watson on drugs doing pole-dances. In an interview for USA Today, Emma Watson confessed that doing “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” felt to be out of her comfort zone.
“This movie has helped me shake off a lot of the fear and restrictions I put on myself. I’m slowly breaking down the barriers” says the 22-year-old actress. “Slowly, I’m giving myself permission to be an actress and not worrying so much what people think about it” Emma Watson added.
Like many others, Emma Watson was robbed of the experiences of high school. She never went to one because of the “Harry Potter” series, so she had to ask for advice from Ezra Miller and Stephen Chbosky, co-star and director on “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. Even so, director Chbosky thought Emma Watson could turn from Hermione into Sam.
“There’s so many things that link Emma to Sam” says director Chbosky. “What I saw was this girl who was beautiful and successful, but there was something about her that was lonesome and dying to make a connection to being young” he added.
And it was precisely that desire to “make a connection to being young” that seemed to be “perfect for Sam”. “Emma has so much talent, and she wanted to showcase all these other sides of her. This was a great vehicle for her” Stephen Chbosky added.