Emma Watson Talks About Pressure Being A Part Of Hollywood (Harper’s Bazaar August 2011)

Emma Watson has two covers for the august 2011 edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. She looks beautiful on both and on a few pictures inside the glossy. But her interview is even more interesting than photos. Emma tells Harper’s Bazaar readers about the truth behind rumors about bullying in Brown University, fashion cruelty and the pressure every star in Hollywood experiences.

Now Emma Watson is one of the most popular stars both in the UK and America. We can say this at least by counting the number of fashion magazines’ covers she has graced recently (Last month it was VOGUE US COVER). And for August 2011 she also has one (or two, three?) – for Harper’s Bazaar. The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows actress poses in Yves Saint Laurent and Emilio Pucci for the images, and tells her fans about how much pressure ones gets being a part of Hollywood.

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Emma Watson (Check out Emma Watson’s full bio and photos), who lands two covers of Harper’s Bazaar August 2011 edition, has given a candid interview about her acting, studying in Brown University and cruelty of fashion.

Read the highlights from Emma Watson’s interview for Harper’s Bazaar August 2011:

Emma Watson on rumors about her bullied at school: “Leaving Brown had nothing to do with bullying, as the media have been suggesting recently. I have never been bullied in my life. Like a lot of other students at Brown, I might spend my third year abroad.”

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Emma Watson on being a part of Hollywood: “I feel if I have to work out four hours a day, and count the calories of everything I put in my mouth, and have Botox at 22, and obsess about how I look the whole time, I will go mad, I will absolutely lose it.”

Emma Watson on why she preferred to study in America rather than in the UK: “I felt suddenly very claustrophobic…I thought, ‘I can’t stay here [UK], I won’t be able to concentrate, I won’t be left alone.’”

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Emma Watson on the fashion world: “It can be savage and cruel, in that it’s prescriptive – you have to look a certain way and fit a certain mould – but also in the way it’s made. When I went to Bangladesh, to a factory where the clothes are made [for mass market labels], it was horrifying. There is a cost to cheap clothes – if people could see the inhumane way they’re made, they would never in a million years buy them…”

Emma Watson on trying to be the good girl growing up: “There has never been room in my life for that [rebellion] – I couldn’t imagine giving my family any more trouble, it’s already been complicated enough. My dad is one of the top international-communications lawyers in the country, and trying to argue with him was a nightmare, so I learnt quite quickly to be good with words. My mum is an incredible woman. She moved back from Paris with my brother and me after the divorce, and worked full-time, supporting both of us. But I felt I wanted to take care of her – I didn’t want to give her a hard time.”

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Emma Watson on hiding her genuine emotions: “When I was growing up, my family, particularly my father, were very stoic. I learnt that young, very young. Part of me is very resentful of this British mentality that it’s not good to express feelings of any kind – that it’s not proper or brave. But I also appreciate it. There’s another book that I read when I was very young – ‘The Constant Princess’ by Philippa Gregory, about Catherine of Aragon – and I know it sounds silly, but I thought, “I’ve got to be just like her”. She was the first wife of Henry VIII and she survived, having been cruelly divorced. I remember being really inspired by that.”

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Emma Watson on playing bad girls: “My acting tutor said the hardest thing for me was to get angry. I almost broke down in tears when they tried to get me to be angry. I said, ‘I can’t do it, I just can’t do it.’ I keep all of that really bottled up somewhere and I feel unleashing it would be the scariest thing – and to let myself be powerful, sexy, all those things, it’s scary for me. [Even playing the bad girl in this shoot] felt a bit uncomfortable and awkward, it didn’t come naturally at all”

Emma Watson on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK’s August 2011 issue, on newsstands July 7.

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  • Emma Watson is gorgeous, period. I’m so glad that she’s genuinely smart, sensible young woman, and what she said about being a “good girl” and emotions mirrors myself, so I understand where she’s coming from completely. All the best to her.