Emma Watson has a new interview out with Flicks and Bits where she talks about her first reaction to reading the ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ script. She says, “I was actually crying when I finished the script (laughs), so that was my first reaction. I read the whole thing in one sitting, in one go. I just didn’t move for like two hours. I read the whole thing from page to page. I just loved it, I was like, “Wow, where did this come from?” I called my agent and just said how much I loved it and then I went back to Brown University and ended up speaking to a bunch of my friends and mentioned the name of the script that I read. And it turned out that three or four or my friends were huge fans of the book. They started talking to me about it and it turned out that this book has this amazing following. It was great.”
She also says there’s no way you can’t relate to the characters if you’ve ever had a high school experience, saying, “here’s no way that you can read the book, having been through any kind of High School experience and just not….even not just a High School experience, but just having been through being a teenager and not being able to relate to one of the experiences of the characters. It just covers so much. It’s so real, it’s so true. I didn’t really need to go to an American High School or go to Prom, or have any of those kind of experience to be able to relate to Sam or Charlie or Brad, or any of the characters.”
Perks of Being a Wallflower is in limited release this week, and goes into wide release by the end of next week. It co-stars Watson with Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman, and is based on the book by Steven Chbosky.