February 15, 2016

Emma Watson: "I became an actress to tell stories like Colonia, not for fame"

Translated by Sterni Granger. Credit her if you use it.

What tied you to this theme?
It talks about what people are willing to do to save their love one. Otherwise it's about a woman who's the victim and gets saved by a dashing hero. But this time it's the woman who rescues the man - that's what was fascinating for me. 

How did you prepare yourself for this role?
I've visited Colonia Dignidad. It's called Villa Baveria now. It changed complete since 1970. Nevertheless it scared the hell out of me because everything is a reminding of the past. Incidentally, the apron I'm wearing in the movie comes from Colonia Dignidad. That looks a bit like "method acting", but I wanted to play my first lead role as authentic as possible. Because of that I've asked Michael Nyqvist, who plays Paul Schäfer, to challenge me, to call me things on which I had to react spontaneously.

How emotionally difficult was this role for you?
The acting was not as difficult as to have to switch off after the wrap. To come back to real life I had to turn the music on in the car, or go jogging for a while to release all of the energy in me. This role was a big challenge to me.

Did this role change your future as an actress?
I've got famous as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and I have to prove now that I'm able to play other roles. It was hard for me to digest the script. But I've become an actress to tell stories like that and not to be famous.


Anonymous said...

Sorry. I like Emma, I do, and I think she's made smart choices. But she became an actress because someone liked the look of her when she was 8 and Jo Rowling agreed.

Anonymous said...

^. I think she meant after she did the HP movies.

Anonymous said...

Great interview, very candid and I like the questions asked and what she responded.

Anonymous said...

I'm not so sure Emma really understands why she became an actress. There are women and theme roles that are much better than Colonia. I would love to see a good film made a good director like Scorsese, Gibson, Nolan Brothers etc on Edith Stein (Sr. Benedicta), St Maximilian Kolbe, the Leipzieg Martyrers- both died in Auschwitz. Instead of showing only the horrors, but people who made a difference in these horrors.A back drop could be Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning which is an observation of the types of people that survive and have hope and those that despair. V. Frankl was a Jewish psychologist in Ausschwitz. From his observations, he created the Logotheraphy, a psychological thinking that goes beyond psychoanalysis, but does not ignore it. I do not mean a sugary depiction, mean but sanctified because of some people who dared to love at crucial moments.

Anonymous said...

yet she takes all the trappings of fame.....

we believe you emma