We watched Emma Watson grow in front of us or with us with Harry Potter. Then unlike other celebrities, she didn’t go crazy. Instead, she turned towards those she can help, and became an UN ambassador. As she stars as Belle in the Disney live-action of Beauty and the Beast, Emma shared in the promotional interviews why she doesn’t take pictures with fans anymore. Spoiler alert: it’s all about her privacy.
Being a celebrity is hard. You get a lot of things you want, but you have to give up things you love, as well. For example, celebrities give up a lot of their personal life. We can see where they go, with whom they go with and so on.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Emma shared that, while she loves spending time with her fans, she doesn’t want to take pictures with them.
“For me, it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not. If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data. I’ll say, ‘I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have but I just can’t do a picture.’ I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone’s freakin’ week? Children I don’t say no to, for example.”
During the interview, she also opened up about her connection with books:
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“Books gave me a way to connect with my father. Some of my most precious and treasured moments . . . I just remember him reading to me before bed and how he used to do all the different voices. I grew up on film sets, and books were my connection to the outside world. They were my connection to my friends back at school because if I was reading what they were reading we’d have something in common. Later in life, they became an escape, a means of empowerment, a friend I could rely on.”