in response to a reporter asking her whether she always wore pigtails]: I never wear pigtails, I wear plaits.

[Hardest scene]: Neville comes up to me with his toad, Trevor, and says, “Do you want to kiss Trevor goodnight?” Every time he did this I burst into laughter. I was supposed to give him an “I hate you” look, but I couldn’t help myself. It took me about eight takes to get it.

It was unbelievable seeing me as an action figure! In a few months, toddlers all around the country will be biting my head off!

[on kissing her co-stars]: Oh my God, no, no chance, no chance. That’s not in my contract!

My friends are all really nice about my fame, they’re just curious really, they ask lots of questions.

[on how her character, Hermione Granger, has matured]: She’s rock and roll. She’s feisty. Girl power!

[on reporters asking the same questions over and over]: That’s the good thing about them! They all ask exactly the same questions and you can say exactly the same answers! You don’t have to think, you can just stand there like a broken record going LALALA.

[on working with boys]: I like being around mixed company. Dan (Daniel Radcliffe) and Rupert (Rupert Grint) definitely make their fair share of cheeky comments about me being girlie, but it’s all in good fun.

It took me three films to get Hermione in jeans. To get out of the robes with the tights and the itchy jumpers. Whoo-hoo!

I hope my head doesn’t get very big. I’m just going to keep my feet on the ground, stick to friends and family and try and lead a normal life.

I love fashion. I think it’s so important, because it’s how you show yourself to the world.

[on being a known actress]: Most people are really nice but some stare, like you’re some kind of zoo exhibit and not a real person with real feelings. Even when you take away all the glamour and attention and premieres and everything, it still comes down to the fact that I’m acting.

Hermione uses all these big long tongue twister words, I don’t know what she’s going on about half the time!

I could be 100 years old and in my rocker, but i’ll still be very proud that I was part of the Harry Potter films.

[on her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, who play Harry and Ron]: More than just friends, they’ve become like brothers. Or sisters, I don’t know. In fact, I don’t see them like normal boys. I mean that I cannot imagine me going out with one of them. For me, they are like my best friends. I can laugh and talk about everything with them without any taboo. I really like them a lot.

[on other roles]: Now that I’ve played the snotty, bossy, posh Hermione Granger, I’d like to play some American high school girl. I want to play something totally different. I want to play every kind of character and every point of view, but I’m probably going to be playing Hermione for a while.

[If she’d sooner have a great Hollywood career or a great marriage]: Hmmmmm… Can’t I have both? But if I would really have to choose, then I’d pick a great marriage. I think it would be amazing if I would get to play beautiful parts and win Oscars, but that would all mean nothing if my parents and friends weren’t there with me. What is success when you don’t have anybody to love? No, I’d rather be happily married.

[on watching the earlier movies]: It’s like baby photos… I look like a chipmunk!

I get sent Bibles. I have a collection of about 20 in my room. People think I need to be guided.

The most challenging aspect of this film was the fact that I was trying to take my A-levels at the same time I was filming. So my life was crazy. One minute I was on set, and the next minute I was doing an exam, or reading a textbook, or doing something, so I was a bit all over the place. Sometimes it’s kind of hard to juggle both aspects of my life.

If someone asked me to do something that was beneficial to a cause, then maybe I’d consider it, but not just [to be able to say] ‘Look at me! I’ve got my own line!’

Acting never was about the money for me. … Maybe in 10 years, I’ll be able to appreciate the fact that I am financially stable and independent and I don’t have to make bad choices. I can be very picky.

I’m very crafty! One time I made a television set out of a cardboard box – Everybody thought it was a lark! This was the beginning of a love affair with the arts. I’m now studying art in Brown, a fancy American school.

I love painting and have a need to do it.

Free handbags are lovely, but that’s not what I see as the benefits of being famous. It means I can do things I really care about, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), which might not have been made otherwise. Being a teenager is quite lonely, particularly for my generation. There’s a sense of people being cut off and in isolation. And when I read the script, it just made me feel less alone. My character says this line: ‘You accept the love you think you deserve’, and that just hit me like a steam train.

I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself. I want to avoid becoming too styled and too “done” and too generic. You see people as they go through their career and they just become more and more like everyone else. They start out with something individual about them but it gets lost. Natalie Portman is an exception. I’m in awe of how she’s handled herself. And Agyness Deyn is cool, really individual.

Each of the Harry Potter directors looked as if they had aged about 10 years by the time they’d finished. It’s a huge burden to carry.

I remember reading this thing that Elizabeth Taylor wrote. She had her first kiss in character. On a movie set. It really struck me. I don’t know how or why, but I had this sense that if I wasn’t really careful, that could be me. That my first kiss could be in somebody else’s clothes. And my experiences could all belong to someone else.

[on Noah (2014)] I was so physically and emotionally exhausted by just the process of making the film. I just didn’t leave my apartment for a few weeks afterwards, walked around in my pajamas for a few days in a row. I just needed some time to sort of put myself back together a bit.

[on childhood fame]: If I went to somewhere busy, I wouldn’t last very long. I can’t go to a museum, I’ll last 10 or 15 minutes in a museum. The problem is that when one person asks for a photograph, then someone sees a flash goes off, then everyone else sort of… It’s sort of like a domino effect. And then very quickly the situation starts to get out of control to a point where I can’t manage it on my own.

I guess, weirdly in my head, I knew what I wanted. I didn’t know how it would, or if it would, ever happen. But before The Bling Ring (2013) I said I’d really wanted to meet Sofia Coppola and – this is before I knew that she had a film in mind – ended up meeting her. And Darren was someone who actually I met a good year ago. And then I’m doing a film with Guillermo del Toro next summer, and I went to him and said Warner Brothers have given me the script for ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ but the only way I’d really want to do it is if you did it. And then miraculously he said, ‘Oh, funnily enough ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is my favorite fairy tale, I can’t let anyone else do this, I’ll start putting a team together.’

[on fame and her parents] They gave me the best advice they could, and I think they gave me very good advice. But my mum particularly said, ‘Right, you’re going to go into these interviews and they’re going to ask you anything they feel like asking you, and every time they ask you a question, think about whether you’d be comfortable discussing it with a stranger.’
My first two years at Brown weren’t easy, not because I was bullied or because anyone gave me a particularly hard time, but just because, you know, without the collegiate system… and at Brown everyone does completely different things and very much chooses their own path, which is great, but it’s also much more difficult, too. You’re not with a group of people all the time at one time.

My grandma said – when I was really young and I’d sing along to the radio – why do you sing in an American accent? I guess it was because a lot of the music I was listening to had American vocalists. And that was something Steve said to me as well: try singing the lines in an American accent. That kind of opened me up. Then I worked with a dialogue coach and I just put in the time to really, really listen and just go over it and over it and over it until I could do it without thinking about it too hard. And I just knew it was really important.

I don’t date people who are famous. I don’t think it’s fair that, all of a sudden, intimate details of their personal life are public as a direct result of me. I wish I could protect them.

If I’ve learned anything, it’s really just to stop trying to find answers and certainties.

In my downtime, I don’t sex myself up much. Sometimes I have a hard time convincing directors that I can play adult roles.

I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love – and it being more important and special than anything and everything else.

You can’t go to the pharmacy without someone saying, “Hey, you’re the girl from Harry Potter!” and I’m like ‘Yeah! Just buying tampons, see you in a bit!’

The saddest thing for a girl to do is to dumb herself down for a guy.

I like men with quick wit, good conversation and a great sense of humour. I love banter. I want a man to like me for me – I want him to be authentic.

Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.

Fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man hating. This has got to stop.

[on being cast as Belle in Beauty and the Beast (2017)] I had to fight for the role. I had to audition. I had to prove I could sing. I really had to go for it. You can’t have doubts when you’re singing in front of a set of 200 people in one of the biggest musicals of all time

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