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While we may have all been entirely enamoured by the steely grit and determination of Hermione Grainger, none of us were prepared for the woman behind the wand to step out and overtake the young wizard in the race for our affections quite so spectacularly. But then, Emma Watson is no stranger to exceeding expectations.
Speaking openly to Porter magazine, Watson reveals why she is only just - at 25 years old - feeling comfortable in her own skin.
"Now at 25 for the first time in my life I feel like I have a sense of self that I’m comfortable with. I actually do have things that I want to say and I want to be my most authentic self."
"I don’t want there to be a big separation between the public and the private person. It’s definitely the harder road to tread, but without a doubt, ultimately the most rewarding."
"It sounds like a ridiculous thing to say, but I’m very interested in truth, in finding ways to be messy and unsure and flawed and incredible and great and my fullest self, all wrapped into one. When you watch the work of someone like actress Emma Thompson, you feel like you’re seeing something true, and I aspire to that."
Admitting that her new-found self-acceptance has a lot to do with a recent style revelation, Watson revealed that her main priority is how clothes make her feel as opposed to how she looks.
"When I was younger I remember being told ‘no pain no gain’, but recently my willingness to wear something that makes me freezing cold or that I can’t walk in has changed."
"I want to feel fabulous and comfortable and sexy and strong and beautiful. And if it’s making you uncomfortable, don’t do it. It’s so sad if you need to go home just because you need to sit down! Moving forward, I’m prioritizing just feeling awesome."
And with the world still revelling in her HeForShe speech one year on, the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador must be feeling exactly that.
But despite its international success, Watson revealed that she went against advice when writing the speech.
“I was encouraged not to use the word ‘feminism’ because people felt that it was alienating and separating and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible."
"But I thought long and hard and ultimately felt that it was just the right thing to do. If women are terrified to use the word, how on earth are men supposed to start using it?"
The star went on to reveal the important link between her campaign for women and her love of fashion.
"I think using fashion as a means of expression is brilliant."
"One of the ways I became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador was through my interest in fair-trade fashion. Because so many women design and make the clothes we wear, it’s primarily the working conditions of women that are affected by the decisions we make, so fashion is a feminist issue."
On moving to the U.S. to study at Brown…
“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’d spent more than half of my life pretending to be someone else. While my contemporaries were dying their hair and figuring out who they were, I was figuring out who Hermione was and how best to portray her. I learned so many important lessons.”
On her advice for young women…
“Sit with the discomfort. Don’t run away from it. Lean into it, take your time with it. So many people jump into things just because they can’t stand the discomfort of not knowing.”