Emma Watson has opened up about her struggles with public attention as the result of growing up in the limelight. As the only female star of the massively successful Harry Potter franchise, Watson has been in the public eye since the tender age of 10 years old.
In a new interview with Marie Claire UK, Watson has opened up about her struggles with fame and the media, saying, “I think going through adolescence in the spotlight probably wasn't the easiest, but when I feel insecure I just focus on the work, on what I'm doing. I try not to get too caught up in it. Because a lot of photographs are taken, you're constantly evaluating your appearance, which most people don't really have to do. It can be tough. It's just part of the job. I've never really known anything else. It all happened when I was so young."
She adds that she makes sure to keep her public and private life separate, saying, "I try to remember that there are two separate people: the professional me and the private me. Both different. I try to draw a line between the two."
She adds that this is made easier because she makes sure to put her family and friends before her work, and that her priority is always to be with her family first. She says, “Friends and family come first and work comes second, that's just how I live my life. I did my third year in Oxford, so that I could be around my family. Ultimately they're the priority. I don't put anything above them.”