Creator / Emma Watson

"Hermione just stole all of our shit."

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Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born April 15, 1990) is a French-born British actress, best known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. She is following up the Potter series with a small role in My Week With Marilyn, the Princess Pea in The Tale of Despereaux and the female lead in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She acted in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and in Darren Aronofsky's 2014 Biblical epic film, Noah. She was tapped to play Beauty in a Guillermo del Toro version of Beauty and the Beast. The project fell through and she was cast instead as Belle in the 2017 live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

As of July 2014, she is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, campaigning for womens' rights and gender equality.

Not to be confused with Emily Watson or Emma Thompson, both of whom are old enough to be her mother (but aren't, just so we're clear).


Selected filmography:


Tropes that apply to this actor include:

  • Advertised Extra: She's barely featured in My Week With Marilyn and abruptly disappears during the second act. She was given a lot of press for starring in it.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice:
    • It's widely agreed that The Bling Ring would have been almost forgotten if it weren't for Emma in skimpy outfits or her famous seductive tongue roll.
    • Ballet Shoes caused fans to go nuts for a brief scene of her in a bath with Yasmin Paige. The scene lasts a minute and they're only shown from the shoulders up.
    • As soon as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, Moral Guardians reacted with shock at the naked images of Harry and Hermione kissing.
  • Character Tics:
    • Her infamous "eyebrow acting".
    • Mouthing her costars' lines.
  • Contractual Purity: Has said she'd be willing to do nudity in films, presumably to avoid this trope. She's flirted with darker roles - for example Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower was molested at a young age, and Nicki in The Bling Ring is a Ms. Fanservice. She also joked that she's received about twenty Bibles as gifts from fans.
    "People think I need to be guided."
  • Covered in Gunge: She and Rupert Grint had this happen to them (she got it worse) live on American TV.
  • Dawson Casting: She was initially the same age as Hermione but was twenty when the last film was made (and Hermione is only eighteen). It started out inverted, with Emma being ten playing Hermione who turned twelve a couple weeks after the start of the first school year. Emma is also the youngest of the Golden trio actors, while Hermione is the oldest member of the Golden trio. She continued to play teens in her early twenties too.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: She became blonde to play Pauline in Ballet Shoes, who is desirable because of her beautiful blonde hair. As a result, Hermione is also blonde in the fifth Harry Potter film.
  • Fake American: In The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Her eyebrows can act, even over-act, by themselves.
  • I Am Not Spock: She's gone to great lengths to avoid this since Harry Potter ended, cutting her hair short and pursuing very different roles - and not making it a secret that she'd be willing to do nudity. She has however said that she is very like Hermione in some ways.
  • Important Haircut: As soon as the Harry Potter films wrapped up, she cut her hair into a pixie (as she had to keep it long for the entire eleven years the series was in production). She kept it short for The Perks of Being A Wallflower and wore wigs and extensions for Noah and The Bling Ring before ultimately growing it long again.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Owns two cats.
  • Large Ham: At first, but she's gotten more nuanced by now.
  • One of Us: She has said that her way of escaping is just reading and going to school, and her grades rival Hermione's (which makes sense—she got into Brown, after all). She also apparently became quite addicted to Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time during filming of one of the Potter films.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • She uses the F-word several times in This Is the End. Bonus points for being called Hermione after robbing a group of men, in the quote at the top of her Creator page.
    • The Bling Ring shows her as a vapid ditz who robs celebrity houses, smokes weed and gets shamelessly drunk.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • The sequence at the end of Chamber of Secrets when Hermione hugs Harry but not Ron came about because Emma was too embarrassed to hug both boys in front of everyone. Additionally the hug with Harry had to be slowed down in editing because Emma kept breaking it too quickly.
    • Hermione punches Malfoy instead of slapping him like in the book, because Emma accidentally slapped Tom Felton full force during rehearsals. Feeling terrible about it, it was changed to a punch (which is easier to fake safely).
  • Reality Subtext: My Week With Marilyn was her first R-rated film, which is oddly paralleled in the scene where Colin and Lucy nearly do it - but get interrupted by her parents.
  • The Red Stapler: Even the popularity of the Harry Potter films didn't suffice to put the girls' name Hermione into the top thousand female baby names, let alone the top ten (unlike, say, the less popular single film Splash with Madison). However, Harry Potter no doubt caused Emma's own name (already rising in popularity) to bump from 13th (in 2001) to 4th (in 2002) — a jump much bigger than the ranks suggest. Emma has been in the top three girls' names every year since then.
  • Those Two Actors:
    • She starred alongside Richard Griffiths in most of the Harry Potter movies and Ballet Shoes. The latter also featured fellow Potter cast member Gemma Jones - who is only in three out of the eight films.
    • She played Logan Lerman's love interest in The Perks of Being A Wallflower and his sister in law in Noah.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The first choice for Ila in Noah was Dakota Fanning. When she couldn't fit it into her schedule, Emma was cast instead.
    • She briefly considered leaving Harry Potter after the fifth film, but soon realised she couldn't bear to see anyone else play Hermione. Ironically enough the reason she considered leaving was that she was finding it hard to keep up with her school work. She later joked at what a Hermione-ish thing to do it was.

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