This year, Emma Watson attended several public events, but did not appear in films. And this has been going on since 2019, when she starred in Greta Gerwig's drama Little Women. In a new interview with British Vogue, Emma explained the reasons for her professional reorientation. This fall, she began studying creative writing at Oxford University and plans to begin a career on the other side of the camera. By this day, she had already managed to shoot a short film for Prada and write a play, that is, she was purposefully heading towards rest or giving up acting.
After turning 30, Emma's life changed in certain ways. “Someone told me, ‘Oh, that’s normal. You're going through a Saturn return." And I: “What is this and why didn’t anyone warn me?!” I've talked to a lot of women and they say, "Oh yeah, between the ages of 28 and 30, 31, 32, everything changes." In addition, returning to the student bench became a definite way out of the current situation for Watson: “Since I have a rapidly changing career, I take the decision to take a break to complete my education as very serious. Coming back, writing, education and working on the other side of the camera scared me because I had never done it before. I've always been in front of the camera, I've always been an actress."
At some point, the permanent participant in the Harry Potter film franchise felt that the heroines she portrayed were more real than herself. "I'm so glad I took this step (stepping away from acting) because I have a sense of my own voice and creative space and independence in a way that I hadn't thought about before - more autonomy," she said. “I’m so glad I let things be messy for a minute and allowed myself not to think (about what’s next) because I never wanted to know what was going to happen.”
According to Emma, the main thing for her is peace of mind and the knowledge that she is in the right place. “I get front-row seats next to the most successful, beautiful, incredible people,” she drew a parallel with Hollywood. “When you realize this, you realize that no level of success can make you happy or fulfilled if you don’t like yourself or, deep down, can’t enjoy what you do.”
Speaking about her personal life in a conversation with Vogue, Watson explained the term "self-partnership", which she used in an earlier interview in 2019. “It's not about celebrating freedom. When I reached my 30th birthday, I thought, “Oh, maybe I can learn how to take care of myself so I can be better, much better.” And I'm proud of it".