Feminist of the day: Emma Watson

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In an interview with Parade magazine Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, says that she’s a feminist. Nice.

“There are too many stupid girls in the media,â€? Watson observes, her dark eyes lighting up. “Hermione’s not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that’s bad.â€? Watson admits that there is quite a lot of herself in the confident and bookish Hermione. “I’m a bit of a feminist,â€? she proclaims. “I’m very competitive and challenging.â€? Though she resented it at first, Watson has come to appreciate the emphasis on Hermione’s brains rather than her appearance. “When I was 9 or 10, I would get really upset when they tried to make me look geeky, but now I absolutely love it. I find it’s so much pressure to be beautiful. Hermione doesn’t care what she looks like.”

Though you have to love how Watson’s comment about the way young women are portrayed in the media gets turned into this headline at People: Emma Watson: ‘There Are Too Many Stupid Girls’

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  1. Posted July 11, 2007 at 11:22 am | Permalink
  2. Posted July 11, 2007 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Or here in its original equally feminist context.

  3. Mina
    Posted July 11, 2007 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    “I remember seeing complaints from HP fans over a line they gave her in one of the movies where she asks how her hair looks, because they felt it was way out of character for her. But in the books Hermione does magically fix her teeth at one point, so I guess she cares a little?”
    My teeth don’t line up either, and sometimes this gets awkward when I bite (the upper and lower incisors don’t meet, so they don’t always fully cut through the food). I haven’t read any HP books in a while, but did Hermione say why she wanted her teeth straightened? I don’t remember if she wanted it to look pretty or to bite sharply or something else.

  4. londoner
    Posted July 12, 2007 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I read another article on Emma Watson in a magazine last weekend in which she again said she was “a bit of a feminist”. In this case she was expressing her worries over girls giving up sports because they felt they shouldn’t get muscles or be strong. She said that she feels at her most beautiful coming off the field flushed and sweaty after a hockey game.
    Just as an aside to the poster who complains that she over enunciates, I happened to be on the same bus with her a few months ago, and that seems to be just the way she really talks.

  5. natmusk
    Posted July 12, 2007 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    When Hermoinie has her teeth changed she mentions that she had wanted to use magic before but that her parents wanted to continue with other dental practices and that they didn’t think magic and teeth should mix as they’re both dentists. This made me think that there probably was some issue with her teeth other than her thinking they would look better smaller :)
    I love hermoine’s character both in the books and in the movies. I just saw the fifth one and there’s a great scene where hermoine and ron are praticing magic and Ron tells her he’ll go easy on her. The look she gives him is absolutely priceless :)

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