In Disney's new remake of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson takes on the role of Belle.
Since bursting on the scene in the Harry Potter movies and becoming one of the highest earning actors in the world, Watson has mainly starred in smaller or offbeat projects. But this is a role she felt she had to take. "It's really remarkable to play someone that I'm almost sure had an influence on the woman that I have become," Watson says. "The first time I saw Paige O'Hara sing Belle, it's the 'I Want' song of all 'I Want' songs, and I just immediately resonated with her. I was so young that I didn't even know what I was tapping into, but there was something about that spirit and energy that I just knew she was my champion."
Outspoken on women's issues, Watson says it was important for her to maintain that spirit. "Every time we would address a new scene," she says, "I just always had the original DNA of that woman in mind, and I had my fists up! I love that in our version Belle is not only awed and doesn't fit in, you see her reading and she's actually an activist within her own community."
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Hours after images surfaced from a swimsuit fitting, Watson declared she was taking legal action against the hackers.
Emma Watson is to take legal action against hackers responsible for dozens of private images of her appeared online, alongside a number of mysterious nude photos apparently NOT of the Beauty and the Beast actress.
Images of the 26 year old star taken during a swimsuit fitting in which she tried on various outfits were leaked onto the internet on Wednesday (March 15th), after her computer was believed to have been hacked.
The pictures appeared alongside some other images of an unknown woman in the bath. Although the face of the person in question has been obscured in these photos, Watson has denied that those images are of her.
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Stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Josh Gad together with director Bill Condon open up about the uniqueness of Belle as a Disney princess in the new 'Beauty and the Beast' film, how important she is for 21st century women as a role model - industrious, learned and courageous as she is - and why Emma is the perfect choice for the role.
Plus, you can get a glimpse of what the rest of the cast - Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Luke Evans - have to say about the sheer craftsmanship in bringing the 1991 Disney animation to life, as well as the glorious music behind it.
The film is set to be released on March 17th 2017.
Here's everything you need to know about Emma's involvement in eco-friendly fashion.
Emma Watson might be best known for her feminist activism in recent years, but this uniquely intelligent actress also has another cause very close to her heart; sustainable fashion. She's never been one not to make an impact with her red carpet looks, but there's a lot more going on behind the fabric than you'd guess.
Emma Watson is a huge supporter of the Green Carpet Challenge
Emma's interest in eco-style first became clear at the 2016 Met Gala when she wore a frankly incredible black and white Calvin Klein piece made out of recycled plastic bottles as part of the designer's collaboration with Eco-Age for their Green Carpet Challenge. Not only is the material recycled, but the fact that each bit of the outfit was detachable meant that it could be worn differently again and again.
Watson came under fire for posing topless in the latest issue of Vanity Fair.
Emma Watson has responded to critics of her recent cover shoot for Vanity Fair, which included a topless photo.
Some accused the actress and activist of being a ‘hypocrite’ or not a proper feminist for agreeing to pose topless for the magazine, however Watson has responded by declaring: "I really don’t know what my t*ts have to do with feminism".
Watson posed nude for the March edition of Vanity Fair.
Beauty & the Beast actress Emma Watson has received a sharp backlash from her critics after she posed topless in a recent photoshoot for Vanity Fair, with many commenters accusing her of being a hypocrite.
The 26 year old star, who has used her fame as a platform to speak about feminist issues for a number of years now and is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, posed nude for a new feature in Vanity Fair’s March edition. In the last few days, she has been called out and slammed by her critics for hypocrisy in such a stance.
Emma Watson posed nude for Vanity Fair's March edition
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Watson was originally offered the lead role in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 remake.
Emma Watson has revealed she turned down the role of Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 live-action remake of the classic Disney animation.
Now Watson is starring in a different live-action Disney remake, Beauty and the Beast, opposite Dan Stevens. Speaking to Total Film, the actress explained why she was excited to play this Disney Princess and not Cinderella.
Emma Watson as Belle in Beauty and the Beast
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Playing Belle is a dream role for Watson.
Emma Watson has loved Beauty and the Beast since she was four years old. The original Disney film was released in 1990, the same year Watson was born, and the actress has always felt a connection to the feisty, independent Belle.
But now the 26-year-old is seeing her own fairytale come true, as she stars as Belle in the live-action reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. For her, the film’s unconventional love story sets it apart from other fairytales, while Belle is unlike any other Disney princess.
Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast
Watson left 100 copies of Maya Angelou's 'Mom & Me & Mom' around various London Underground stations for commuters to find.
Emma Watson has been spotted dashing around the London Underground system leaving books in hidden places for passengers to find.
The 26 year old actor turned gender equality campaigner, famous for her role as Hermione Grainger in the Harry Potter movies, dropped off several copies of Maya Angelou’s ‘Mom & Me & Mum’, which was the November selection for her online book club Our Shared Self.
Emma Watson took part in the initiative in collaboration with Books On The Underground
Watson spearheaded the HeforShe gender equality initiative at the UN in New York in 2014, and spoke about the abuse she received afterwards.
Emma Watson has opened up about the large number of threats she received after she launched the HeforShe gender equality initiative at the UN two years ago.
26 year old Watson, who shot to international fame playing Hermione in the eight Harry Potter movies, has moved into activism in recent years and was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations in 2014.
However, she’s now revealed the “crashing low” she experienced after launching the HeforShe campaign in New York back then, saying she had her “worst fears confirmed” after being exposed to a “level of critique I had never experienced in my life”.
Based on a true story, this Chilean drama has a chilling edge to it that's difficult to shake. Strikingly well played by an international cast, the film's dark themes get under the skin. German director-cowriter Florian Gallenberger has a skilful eye that draws the audience in, focussing on characters to provide a strong emotional kick. That said, the film feels eerily stuck in the past, never quite finding present-day relevance that would make it even more powerful.
It's 1973 in Chile, as the political unrest grows surrounding Pinochet's brutal coup d'etat. Flight attendant Lena (Emma Watson) has just arrived for a four-day holiday with her journalist boyfriend Daniel (Daniel Bruhl) when street protests spin out of control. Detained by the new government, Daniel is cruelly tortured. Lena sets out to find him, following his trail to Colonia Dignidad, a religious cult out in the countryside where rebel activists are hidden from sight and forced to work. Posing as a true believer, Lena enters the compound and is quickly terrified by the ruthless, charismatic leader Paul (Michael Nyqvist) and his heartless housemaster Gisela (Richenda Carey).
Gallenberger begins building the underlying tension even in the opening scenes, which feature the happy romantic reunion between Lena and Daniel. Angry demonstrations and military action surround them, ramping up the tension. And then as the story shifts to Colonia, the film takes on nightmarish echoes of Nazi Germany, with chanted greetings ("God bless" sounds rather a lot like "Heil Hitler"), torture chambers and claustrophobic bunkers. Through all of this, Watson and Bruhl deliver remarkably grounded performances as real people caught up in unimaginable horrors. Underneath the intensity, both actors are likeable and tenacious, and together they have very strong chemistry. Meanwhile, the always superb Nyqvist (star of the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy) brings a genuinely unsettling nastiness to his all-powerful father figure.
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The actor did not enjoy the romantic moment, due to his brother-sister relationship with Watson.
It might have been a moment that melted the hearts of Harry Potter fans, but actor Rupert Grint doesn't have fond memories of his on-screen kiss with Emma Watson. Grint’s character Ron Weasley finally got together with Hermione Granger in the final instalment of the franchise, but for the two actors it was all just very awkward.
Rupert Grint does not remember his kiss with Emma Watson fondly.
Speaking to People during the 'Celebration of Harry Potter' event in Orlando over the weekend, Grint opened up on the famous scene. "I never look back at that scene," Grint said. "I've known Emma since she was literally 9 years old and we had this very brother-sister relationship.”
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Because this girl is literally Hermione.
Emma Watson is expanding on her work for feminist campaign He For She by curating a book club called 'Our Shared Shelf', no doubt featuring books expressing some of the thoughts that she has been trying to put across in her work. But just what can we expect to see from this self-confessed bookworm?
Emma Watson is starting a feminist book club
She was struggling to think of a name for the club, admitting to her Twitter followers that she wanted something more 'inspiring' than 'Feminist Book Club' or 'Emma Watson Book Club'. Some of the best suggestions included 'fEMMAnist book club', 'Read For She' and 'Watson Your Bookshelf', but she eventually made up her mind. 'I've decided to go with 'Our Shared Shelf'. @emilyfabb - I absolutely loved this. Thank you', she revealed. Here are just a few female based novels we wouldn't be surprised to see on her this proverbial Shelf:
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Emma Watson interviews Malala Yousafzai at the premiere of 'He Named Me Malala'.
Two of the world's favourite young feminists got together for a discussion about equality and education yesterday, and both Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai had a lot of inspiring things to say about their work at the premiere for Davis Guggenheim's stunning documentary 'He Named Me Malala'.
Malala Yousafzai praises Emma Watson for her HeForShe speech
Both the 'Noah' star and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate looked equally as star-struck and enamoured by each other as the former interviewed the latter following the movie's premiere at the Into Film Festival, and Malala wasted no time in praising Watson for her work with as the UN global ambassador for the HeForShe campaign which aims to get men on board with feminism.
Some people have unusual ideas about body art.
You nearly had us there, James Franco! This actor has sent rumours flying around after unveiling a tattoo of Emma Watson's FACE on his NECK. Needless to say, it wasn't actually real; merely a startlingly elaborate Photoshop job from artist Cheyenne Randall. Though it did get us thinking about all the real tats celebs have gotten over the years.
'Burnt' co-stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller are among those showing support for Lawrence's essay.
Miller and Cooper, who were interviewed on the red carpet at the premiere of their new movie Burnt on Wednesday (October 14th), both weighed in on the article that Lawrence published via Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny the previous day.
33 year old Miller revealed that she once turned down a play because she was offered less than half the pay of her male co-star – in a two-person production. She told E! News that she reluctantly did “what we have to start doing, unfortunately, at the expense of our creative dreams… …I walked away from a play I wanted to do because I was offered less than half of what the other man was offered and it was just the two of us.”
The day that filming wrapped for the Disney re-make was also the 15th anniversary of a momentous moment in Watson's career...
While filming her final scenes for the forthcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast back in August, Emma Watson says she was struck by a profound moment of realisation about her career – it was exactly 15 years to the day that she landed her role in the first Harry Potter movie!
Filming wrapped for the hotly-anticipated remake back on August 21st this year, but amid the cast celebrations the date had extra significance for 25 year old Watson, as she realised that she had been cast as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone all those years before.
Emma Watson has finished filming 'Beauty and the Beast'
The 'Harry Potter' actress has opened up to Vogue about her 'horrendous' break-up last year.
Emma Watson has revealed she took a week-long silence following the end of her year-long relationship with Oxford rugby star Matt Janney last year. Speaking to Vogue for the magazine's September issue, the actress described the split as ‘horrendous’ but added that overall her relationship experiences have been positive.
Emma Watson has opened up about her split with Matt Janney.
“I felt really uncomfortable, even before my relationship ended,” Watson told the mag. “I went on a silent retreat, because I really wanted to figure out how to be at home with myself.” The retreat the actress went on was a private getaway situated in Canada’s Rocky Mountains where residents take a silent vow for one week.
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Actress Emma Watson graces the cover of Vogue’s upcoming September issue, with the fashion magazine hailing the 25 year old as as ‘the voice of a generation’. Inside the issue the Harry Potter star speaks about her work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women and the 'HeForShe' campaign which she launched last year.
Disney has ordered a live-action version of ‘Aladdin’, a prequel focussing on the beloved Genie character.
Yes, there’s yet another Disney live-action movie in the works. This time it’s not an original animated film which is getting a make-over but a prequel to Aladdin, based around the Genie character. The news was confirmed by Disney on Wednesday (15th July).
Robin Williams voiced the Genie in the 1992 Aladdin animated film.
Alex Watson, Emma Watson and Harry Potter - Alex Watson and Emma Watson New York City, USA - The premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1' at Alice Tully Hall - Arrivals Monday 15th November 2010
Emma Watson Thursday 27th November 2008 attends the 'In a Dark Dark House' Press Night held at the Almedia Theatre. London, England
Emma Watson Wednesday 5th December 2007 Chanel Private Dinner at Nobu Berkeley - Departures London, England
Date of birth
15th April, 1990
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