Feminist of the day: Emma Watson

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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