Emma Watson Talks “Noah” With Refinery29

busy bee

The “Harry Potter” alum has an insanely busy schedule. Find out why.

Feb 6, 2014 | 10:45 PM

To call Emma Watson “busy” would be an understatement. In addition to earning her degree from Brown (she plans to graduate in May), she’s also editing the next issue of Wonderland Magazine and promoting her latest film, “Noah.” If that wasn’t enough, she still managed to find the time for a glamorous Elle cover shoot.

Beauty and brains? If she wasn’t so sweet and amazing, we’d be totally jealous. Emma recently talked to the folks at Refinery29 about “Noah” and her American college experience. You can read the full interview here, but scroll down for our favorite bits.


Refinery29: Did you have to audition for [“Noah”]?

Emma: I definitely had to audition for it. I was a child when I did "Harry Potter," and it’s just so different. Now I have made a very conscious decision as an adult to be a performer. My approach to it is different, and I don’t feel entitled to anything. Every time I do go up for a role, I do feel like I have to prove myself to a certain extent because I played one role with specific parameters over a very long period of time. I still have to show people what I can do. I don’t think people have really seen that yet.


Refinery29: Are you still at college or have you finished?

Emma: Yes, I plan to graduate in May from Brown. I am so glad that I took the time to do it. I have the whole rest of my life to work, but I was developing and changing. I needed space in which to figure out how to be independent, living in another country. It was a really valuable lesson knowing how to take care of myself. And then, also it meant I was able to have a kind of normal existence for awhile. On top of that, having an education is such a valuable asset. It’s something that I think will make my life richer, personally and professionally."


Refinery29: Did you manage to have any normality at University?

Emma: It was difficult. I don’t think it ever could have been like your standard university experience, no. But, I feel like I definitely experienced it, and I also like that I had an experience of a U.S. institution and a U.K. institution, which I kind of compare.


Refinery29: Did you get any new interests when you were in America?

Emma: I was really into TV shows and I started watching "House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black," and "Friday Night Lights"—stuff that I hadn’t really been into before. It was really through my college friends, that was a Friday night thing—we would do TV marathons.


Um, Emma binge-watches Netflix too? That’s it: Now we’re officially smitten.


“Noah” premieres in theaters on March 8, 2014. Watch the trailer here.


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