Emma is part of Total Film magazine's 'The 100 Club' as one of the future game-changers.
She has been careful with the roles she has chosen to take following the competition of the Harry Potter franchise.
And as she prepares for the release of her new political thriller, Colonia Dignidad, Emma Watson has admitted that her role in the film was a welcome challenge.
Speaking to Total Film, the actress said: ‘It really challenged me. It really pushed me to the brink, this role.’
The Perk Of Being A Wallflower star explained: ‘I got sent the script and my agent sent me the Wikipedia page on Colonia Dignidad.
'I immediately went, "oh my God, I’m not sure!" it was really, really, really heavy and really awful subject matter but the script was such a page-turner and so well written and I’m really a big fan of Daniel Brühl.
'I really liked the Director [Florian Gallenberger]. It all just kind of felt right: a really intelligent female leading role character. It felt like the right thing to do.’
Colonia Dignidad, directed by Oscar-winner Gallenberger, is inspired by true events that took place during the Chilean military coup of 1973.
When Daniel (Brühl) is abducted by General Augusto Pinochet’s secret police, Lena (Watson) tracks him to a cult sanctuary called Colonia Dignidad.
Members of the body, which existed under the guise of being a charitable mission run by a preacher (Michael Nyqvist), tortured prisoners sent there by the former Chilean dictator.
Lena decides to join the cult in order to find her beloved and thus uncover the secrets of Colonia.
Speaking about her career path since Harry Potter, the 24-year-old described the situation saying: 'It feels like I was building a portfolio over the last five, six years.
'Now I feel like I’m ready to really be carrying films. I’m really just ready now to focus on my career full time and go full steam ahead. It’s exciting at the moment.'
Speaking further about the way her career started, she explained: 'I’ve just always been aware that it was a bit of a double-edged sword. I think I never really thought necessarily I’d become an actress or become famous.
'It’s something I felt very passive in. It was something that happened to me. They came to my school. They saw me and they took photographs of me. I was taken up to London to audition.
She continued: 'I just happened to be picked up and put in one of the biggest film franchises of all time. I wanted to feel active in what happened to me in my life.
'I wanted to be able to move myself into a place where I felt like I was driving my career and my life, rather than just responding to things that happened to me. I wanted to try to make it my own.'
See the full interview in the May issue of Total Film on sale from March 13.
Watson, the former Harry Potter star, is to play Belle in a forthcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast.
In her first interview about the role, with Total Film magazine , she disclosed parts of her performance were already appearing to seem daunting.
“I sing, so that’s really unexpected,” she said. “I’ve never had to do that for a film role before, and I think people will be interested to see me do something very different like that.
"It gives me a different challenge, really. That’s terrifying in and of itself!”
The film will be a live-action remake of Disney's Oscar-nominated 1991 musical animation, with British actor Dan Stevens - best known as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey - as the Beast.
Announcing the news earlier this year on her Facebook page, Watson said: "I'm finally able to tell you... that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There'.
"My six year old self is on the ceiling - heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it. Emma xx"
When asked about her future career plans, she hinted a job behind the lens could soon beckon.
She is working with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, in an executive producer role on a multipart adaptation of fantasy series Queen Of The Tearling in which she will also star.
“I really like it," she told the magazine. "For me, to want to sign up to a series again, I wanted to have a certain amount of autonomy and control within that.
“Working with David’s been great. I’d love to direct something one day. I’d love to produce as well, so it’s quite a nice way to start learning about that. Yeah, just dipping my toes into that world.”