Emma Watson is soon about to show the world that she’s something other than Hermione Granger. After acting in the Harry Potter series for over 11 years, she segues into her first major post-Potter role as free-spirited Sam in ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, while also sporting an American accent. Now, the movie’s director (and also writer) says it meant a lot to Watson to have people accept her for a role other than what she is known for and beloved. In an interview with CTV, Chbosky says, "I know what it meant to her, to have that kind of acceptance for another role other than her beloved part. It meant the world.”
He also says, "I know for her it's just a great letting go and being seen and accepted for something else -- and it's only the beginning. She's going to do so many great parts we're going to lose count."
Early reviews (as the film just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival) are saying the film is fantastic, and that the performances of all the leads are incredibly strong. Some pundits are also prediction nominations for the film at next year’s Oscars, although that might be a bit more unlikely.