Emma Watson, The Professional Parasite?
“I get a lot of scripts, it’s true. I only select those that gets me to film with passionate artists, with directors who understand what’s an actor. And believe me, there’re not many. Another criteria is that the history must affect me and create a challenge. I read all the scripts I can, but my agent knows my tastes very clearly.”
So the title is a bit harsher than the intent, but Watson’s actions are rather parasitic when it comes to how her career has been and continues to be, whether in acting or feminism (though with acting, she hasn’t had a job since 2015).
At this blog, we have recently discussed how Watson enjoys attaching herself to prestige or successful people in the laziest way possible, often not even giving her 100% to the project or cause. It works superficially, though, because her name gets attached to many successful people, despite the fact that her roles are generally less than successful, regardless of her PR team’s marketing of her.
And I will note that people can easily say “Well that’s who they hired” when it comes to her coworkers, however, you never see her wanting to act in indie films with unknown actors or directors, or interview authors of obscure feminism books. Her career decisions are based on how much greatness will be added to her resume. On paper, it does look nice, but as I said, it is superficial, especially when she is often the weakest link or only used for marketing.
So let’s look back. I will not include Harry Potter, though, since that’s too easy. Let’s also remember that she has said that acting is more of an obsession.
“My Week With Marilyn” - Harvey Weinstein, Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond, Judi Dench
“Perks of Being a Wallflower” - Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman, Nina Dobrev
“The Bling Ring” - Sofia Coppola
“This Is The End” - Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Michael Cera, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum, etc.
“Noah” - Darren Aronofsky, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly
“Colonia/The Colony” - Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist
“Regression” - Alejandro Amenábar, Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis
“Beauty and the Beast” - Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Disney (duh), Emma Tompson, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellan, etc.
“The Circle” - Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Bill Paxton
Feminism/Our Shared Shelf:
Malala, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Atwood, Eve Ensler, Marjane Satrapi, Tom Hanks again, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Brown University, Oxford University, PeopleTree, Lancome, Burberry, HP and the Cursed Child play (Noma Dumezweni)
Films that never came to be/she was dropped from/rumored to be in (per submission; thanks!):
“Queen of Tearling” - David Heyman
“Beauty and the Beast” - Guillermo del Toro
“Your Voice in My Head” - Emma Forrest, Stanley Tucci
“The Miniaturist” - Anya Taylor Joy, Romola Garai
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” - Matthew Vaughn, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cane
“La La Land” - Damien Chazelle, Miles Teller/Ryan Gosling
Feel free to submit more.