“There were times when it felt very lonely, moving to the other side of the world [to attend Brown University], to where I had no support, when I was on the side of buses everywhere. But I’m so glad I did, it was the best thing I could have done, putting myself in that furnace. It gave me this place of refuge, this space I could negotiate for myself, and time to figure out who I was.”


“I’ve been very fulfilled by my studies. English has helped me think in an analytical way. It’s helped me see the world from new perspectives. Diving into these stories and characters has given richness to my own life. And now, when I read scripts or look at stories, I have these references for a larger understanding of humanity. I’m sure it will make my job as an actress more interesting.”

“I watch interviews that I did when the first [Harry Potter] movie came out and I was so lost! I would think, ‘What do young girls talk about? What do they say?’ ‘I like going shopping and I have a crush on Brad Pitt.’ And I had no idea who Brad Pitt really was! I hadn’t seen a single movie that Brad Pitt had been in, but this just seemed like the right thing to say. It makes me sad because I see this girl trying so much to fit in. The truth was I loved school. [Laughs] At first I was really trying to say, 'I’m not like Hermione. I’m into fashion and I’m much cooler than she is,’ and then I came to a place of acceptance. Actually, we do have a lot in common. There are obviously differences, but there are a lot of ways that I’m very similar. And I stopped fighting that!” “

Our band tentatively was called Octopus Jam…I don’t know how we came up with the title. Logan’s actually like a classical composer. He actually composed a piece of music for his part in Perks and he composed a piece of music for me, and for Ezra, so he’s very talented. He was more classical and then Ezra’s more rock and roll, and I was somewhere in the middle just doing my own thing really!” – Emma Watson

I do things in my own way, but I’ve never felt any need to rebel. To be honest, I’ve always had far too much freedom. I had a job when I was 10. I started living on my own when I was 17 or 18. I’ve earned my own money; I’ve traveled the world. What would I rebel against? I’ve had so much freedom, sometimes it was hard. My parents wanted to protect me, but they had no idea how to. I had to learn as I went and make my own mistakes.