From the very beginning of this blog I said Emma used the personality and character of Hermione to create her public image. She has constantly been confused with that character. I also said it seems like she mind fucked herself because of all the contradicting quotes of 'I'm just like Hermione' to trying to separate herself from Hermione and then saying how she has to figures out who she is because she was someone else for ten years. I did six disorganized and repetitive posts on this that have many quotes. Yeah sorry about that, lol. She's a repetitive interviewer so that's the only other excuse I have.
From adelaidenow.com Nov 2012, "Watson has been a famous person for 13 of her 22 years. Her tearful manner reveals she is not hardened to the realities of it. "I started off at the beginning of the [Harry Potter] series adamantly protecting my own sense of self and my identity as Emma," she says. The book has now been placed, cover down, in the space between us. "I was this nine-year-old who would be sat in these interviews going, 'No, I'm not anything like her, I'm different because of this and this and this - at nine." She sighs. "People would say, 'You are really Hermione, aren't you?' and it went on and on till it got to a point where I said, fine. It's easier for me to say we're one person because that keeps everyone happy. I'll go with that." ... but then ... From dailyrecord.co.uk June 2011. Emma reflects on the end of an era, how much does she feel she has in common with Hermione, a bookworm who has become something of an action girl? Emma said: "I probably started out more like her and got less like her." ... of course a different take where she started off more like Hermione but this is no surprise she does this all the time.
First let me say, "I TOLD YOU SO!" Second you need to click the link to this first post and read this interview. It's like hearing nails on a chalkboard to me. There's so much BS in it and then there is her whining which is annoying. So.... here she is trying to make it seem like she was this innocent little nine year old of which is pure bullshit. Yeah she was innocent at nine and much more honest and of course likable but twenty-three year old Emma is not. She was still "adamant" by the second film and did not realize the impact of using Hermione for her public image until she was older.
From iheartwatson.net Nov 2010 (from emmawatson.com) "This was my second film and by now Leavesden Studios and the people there had become like a second family. I remember being adamant that I wasn’t like Hermione with her tweed skirts and bushy hair. But, as I grew older I realised she was the greatest role model a girl could have." ... and ... From iheartwatson.net BBC May 2006, "It feels sometimes I don’t really have to act anymore, as I’m so close to her and know her so well. And there’s so much of me in her, and her in me that, it feels I’m barely doing anything sometimes. So, I think it’s been wonderful and I’m very fond of Hermione’s character and I think that she’s turned into someone that a lot of people can identify with and I think she’s a great role model."
Emma did not really start to compare herself to Hermione until after the third film. She realized something. Somewhere around GOF promotion she inherited Hermione's love of school when before she said she didn't like it or was obsessed with books like Hermione. She made the decision to be disingenuous about it in her middle teens. That's a far cry from being a nine year old child. Why? Because what she said with Hermione being a role model. She used that to gain appeal and it created her current public image. When HP started to near the end she started to distance herself a bit but not fully since she often went back to "I'm just like Hermione".
From iheartwatson.net July 2009, "That’s one of the strangest things. I’m sort of — well, not public property, maybe, but there’s no sort of social barrier. The fans are quite forthcoming actually! They all feel they know me. But I’m not Hermione. For one thing, I’m not very good at math at all." ... probably because you kept on saying you were just like Hermione so therefore that's why then and still to this day they think you're just like Hermione. From justjaredjr.buzznet.com November 2010 (Marie Claire Mag), "Playing Hermione just came so naturally; I had a real affinity for her. I felt like I knew exactly who she was. Like me, she’s very loyal and determined, she’s very intelligent, and she has a lot of guy friends, as I do. Her eagerness to please and to have the right answer is definitely like me. I’m a perfectionist, so my bossiness definitely comes out."
This is telling
From adelaidenow.com Nov 2012, "To go from obscurity to being one of the most famous girls on the planet, earning millions of dollars - an entire childhood spent oscillating between a film set and a classroom - an identity crisis was inevitable. "That's why I'm crying. I don't know how to juggle this leap: from a safe character I played, and a safe persona I had, to promoting this new character in Perks."
Why is she crying? Ever notice these types of fan fiction interviews she gets so emotional? She either gets really mad or she's crying and she's always the victim of some first world privilege problem. She was afraid of losing a good portion of her fan base because she can no longer use Hermione as a crutch or a reference to her personality. She has to take on other roles and rely on being Emma the actress and not Hermione Watson or Emma Granger. Yet her next film was The Bling Ring playing naughty Nicki. Way more worse than Sam which was not that bad.
In June on 2012 she said this interesting little quote of which I don't believe a critic had this discussion with a nine year old Emma. I think possibly this is where the idea came from. A film critic gave her the bright idea to use Hermione a fictional character to her advantage.
From facebook.com/emmawatson June 2012, "A film critic also once told me that acting was unlike any other in the entertainment industry – an actor's job is to tell other people’s stories; to suspend an audiences disbelief and make them believe you are who you are portraying" ... and she basically admits to it ... From iheartwatson.net (Io Donna: March 2011) "I do not think I "ought" to be a model of reference for my fame. But I want to do something good by using my public image and reputation." of which is Emma being just like Hermione.
Like I said it mind fucked her because she was living a lie (the first quote is from same interview I started this post off with)
From adelaidenow.com Nov 2012, "I felt like I was schizophrenic, living two completely different parallel lives. And that messes with you. I wanted to start fresh - but you can't - I can't divorce the side of me that is an actress and a public person, right? I have to accept that all the sides of me are part of me and I have to find a way to bring them together a bit. I tried to keep them separate but it's too much of a head-f ... " ... Yes she tried ... From express.co.uk 2007, "There is Hermione. There is Emma. There is a private life and a professional life. I never mix them." ... but then in that same year she admits to mixing them ... From telegraph.co.uk 2007 "In many ways, it's hard to separate her from Hermione Granger. 'Yes, it is, isn't it?' she says all in a rush. 'Sometimes even I get muddled which one I am, because I know Hermione so very well" .... but then ... From facebook.com/emmawatson August 2012, "I always had quite a strong sense of who I am, but it's nice coming through this and feeling like I still managed to maintain my own sense of identity away from something that potentially could have overwhelmed." ... she's something else, lol (rolls eyes).... From musicrooms.net June 2011, "It's very weird. I have to kind of like switch heads. Sometimes I manage it seamlessly, and other times I feel rather all over the place,” she told USA Today. “I explained to a friend that sometimes I feel a bit schizophrenic, like I have a split personality. "
More examples where it leaves no doubt
From collider.com Nov 2010 , "Parts of my personality have slipped into Hermione and parts of her personality. I’m sure have like unconsciously affected me. I’m sure. I’m positive." ... and ... From huffingtonpost.com Nov 20th 2010 Watson acknowledged there has been some "cross-pollination" between herself and Hermione and says she will miss playing the role tremendously — but it's time to enter a new stage. "I think for now I need to, for my own peace of mind, need to say, 'OK, this is over, you need to move on,'" she said, "For my own sanity I need to hang up on her." She went onto to say, "I wish I knew myself as well as I knew Hermione, because I feel as if like I know that character like the back of my hand." ... and ... From thisislondon.co.uk July 7th, 2011, "There is something existentially weird about seeing her own image everywhere, on billboards, pencil cases, Lego sets. "I have to bear in mind that it's not me, it's my character. It looks like me; but it's not me. It's Hermione." She repeats it softly, like a spell. "It's Hermione, Hermione." Hermione." ... and ... From ontheredcarpet.com July 2011, "I have spent more of my life being someone else than I have being myself," the actress told the UK Newspaper The Daily Mirror in an interview at the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2."
Then there is this
From dailymail.co.uk October 10th 2011, "We had a bit of a thing a while back," Made In Chelsea's Francis Boulle the 22-year-old reveals to this week's Heat magazine "She’s a very different person to who she is in the media. That’s what I liked about her – she’s very interesting.' ... and ... From rupertgrintpress.com April 2006, " Jo: And if I can just throw a load of names at you and you give me a word each, to describe various characters that you work with. So first of all, we’ll start with Daniel. Harry Potter. James, one word…James: How about two words? Music lover.Jo: Okay, Rupert? You don’t have to be so nice. Rupert: Hyperactive. Jo: Yeah okay that figures, having met him. Rupert: He’s really funny actually. Jo: Okay, Gary Oldman, who plays Sirius…Rupert? Rupert: One word…cool. Jo: Okay, Robbie Coltrane… James: Sound. Rupert: Robbie, he’s hilarious, he’s really funny Oliver: I’ll have to say tall then, change it a bit. Jo: Okay, Hermione…Emma Watson… Oliver: Different, in a sense. Different to her character, totally. (Thanks to emma-what-son for this last one)
But yet through all that she still held onto being just like Hermione one last time
From vogue.com June 2011, "Her words could just as well apply to what is happening around us. The increasingly febrile atmosphere is, frankly, terrifying as word filters through that Hermione Granger, Emma’s alter ego (who will make her final appearance in this month’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), is in the building. As Hermione’s perpetual adolescence has given way to Emma’s young womanhood, the fashion world has taken notice. Having played the same character for ten years, Emma could not help falling prey to self-doubt. "Hermione is so close to who I am as a person that I’ve never really had to research a role," she says. I’m literally rediscovering what it means to be an actress."
The vogue quote was the last time she compared herself to Hermione. After that she began separating herself with that DH2 premiere quote from the daily Mirror. She eventually went on to calling Hermione like a sister and started referencing her as a role instead of being just like her. Last time she spoke about Hermione was her interview with J.K. Rowling for wonderland Magazine where she said she loved her and then said she didn't think Ron could make Hermione happy. She was speaking as Emmione there. As fictional Hermione said about Ron in HBP, "I've always found him interesting." I think Ron and Hermione would be ok. Besides, Emma likes the Victor Crumbs and Cormac McLaggen's in the first place.
These last ones ... lol
From dailymail.co.uk June 2013, "Hermione really started off as quite an eccentric girl, and the bits I really enjoyed were when she was unaware of herself. She had that hilarious lack of perspective" ... and ... From kidzworld.com June 2013, "Speaking from my character’s perspective, Nicki is homeschooled, her sister’s her best friend. She has this very insular existence. I feel that she’s not really in touch with reality." ... and ... From entertainmentwise.com May 2013, "I'm just going, 'Any moment, someone's going to find out I'm a total fraud and that I don't deserve any of what I've achieved'." ... and ... From iheart-emwatson.tumblr.com, "I try to be myself and make choices that I believe in- and if people think that’s worth looking up to, then that’s very flattering. But first and foremost, I have to be true to myself or it’s not authentic." ... and ... From guestofaguest.com March 2010 "Emma watson took a break from being a normal college student at Brown and filming her final scenes as Hermione Granger to support her fellow Brits last night at Pulino's. "You have to be authentic and true to yourself," she offered to the crowd of emerging British designers." ... and ... From emma-watson.net, July 2011, "In terms of a role model, 'the cleanest way to live as a human and artist to be true to yourself' was said to me by someone important to me."
^The Irony in these last quotes because lack of perspective, not in touch with reality, total fraud and not being authentic describes Emma perfectly.
Emma is supposed to be very smart, right? Or is that because she played Hermione? I think the latter is true but I don't think she's stupid. I think her intelligence is over hyped due to playing book worm know it all Hermione. Anyway if she's as smart and strong minded as people think she is and how she claims to be, then why would she let something like playing a character mind fuck her in this way? Dan and Rupert did not have this problem because, well, they were not going around saying, "I'm just like Harry" and "I'm just like Ron". They understood it was just a role. Unlike Emma who somehow got swept up in her own character. Maybe because she told so many lies about being just like Hermione she started to believe them? "I tried to keep them separate but it's too much of a head-f ..." Seems like that's a good possibility.
Basically her entire image and role model status is based off a fictional character because you can't go off what she says due to fact she does not adhere to it. What would be left? She's pretty? If so, that's really shallow and sort of sexist because your looks should not make you a role model.
This should be the last Hermione post because she finally came clean unless she starts talking about her again where she's doing more of her famed contradictions. With that being said and realized this might not be the last one, lol.
Check this one out because it goes with this post: Emma at it again (my first post when I came back)