December 01, 2010

Emma Watson to play in Shakespeare's As You Like It?

Watson shed her Potter image symbolically by lopping off Hermione's most distinctive feature — her long mane of thick hair.

"It'll be nice to get back in the library and just read a book," says Watson, a sophomore at Brown University in Rhode Island.

Having to travel between her very real Ivy League world and the magical realm in the past year has been surreal, she says. "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. I explained to a friend that sometimes I feel a bit schizophrenic, like I have a split personality. Especially when I split myself between two countries as well."

But she also feels nostalgic about life after Potter. "I'm going to miss it so much," she says. "And it suddenly feels like I've got heaps and bags and bags and bags of time."

She'll fill it studying, of course. And then some.

"I play field hockey, I like to dance, I do school plays, I play tennis, I paint. I do keep myself busy. I want to teach myself to play the mandolin. That's my next mission."

Why that particular instrument? "I wanted to start with something small because I have these tiny, tiny hands," she says, holding them out for inspection.

She is fascinated by the theater, having co-starred last year in a production of Chekhov's Three Sisters at Brown, where she will soon audition for As You Like It. Her dream is to appear on London's West End (which Radcliffe did last year, to strong reviews, in Equus).

"I appreciate I've only worked in films, so I'll need some voice training," she says. "I haven't been a stage actress. It really is a different ballgame. People kind of expect that I should be incredibly confident, but no, this is not what I'm trained in."

"If I'm in front of a camera, I'm very comfortable, but to be on a stage, you can't do a second take. You can't go back. It's frightening, but still, I like the adrenaline of knowing you get one shot. And the energy you get from a good audience, if they're really into it, is like nothing else."

Her next film project is My Week With Marilyn, in which she co-stars with Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne. It will be in theaters next year.

And then there's just kicking back and listening to music: "I'm a big Joni Mitchell fan," she says. "If I could listen to one album the rest of my life, it would be Blue. It makes me feel at home wherever I am in the world."
Source: USAToday


Anonymous said...

sorry, Eden, what happened with pottershots?
is this works for you?

Eden said...

Pottershots is upgrading, it's down since at least 3pm for everybody.

Anonymous said...

Très jolie ta nouvelle version. :)