Following the huge success of the Harry Potter franchise, the stars of the movies became global superstars, yet there were those who thought that they could not sustain that success, once the Harry Potter movies were over. Now, Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, has admitted that she considered giving up on acting, before reading the script for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Watson told Entertainment Weekly, "For a while I kind of bought into the hype of, 'Will they ever be able to play anything else?'. It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while. And then a professor told me that they didn't think I should act, either. So I was really grappling with it and wasn't feeling good about it."
Fortunately though, Emma decided to get out there and prove the doubters wrong, "And then, I don't know... it got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started pissing me off. I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way. I'm not sure why that shift happened," she added.
Emma then admitted that it was the script of The Perks of Being a Wallflower that saved her career, "Falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me. I stopped intellectualising it, and it became much more instinctual.I just got the bug and got very driven all of a sudden, which I really wasn't before. But I'm so happy. It's all felt very new to me, really."
Emma Watson can next be seen on the big screen, starring with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth, in the movie Noah, which is directed by Darren Aronofsky and opens on March 28, 2014 in both the US and the UK.