Emma Watson Doesn't Take Fan Selfies, But Don't Worry — She'll Make It Up To You

"For me, it's the difference between being able to have a life and not."

In a new interview with Vanity Fair for the magazine's March 2017 issue, actress Emma Watson gets honest about fame and her desire for privacy. Watson, who grew up in the spotlight thanks to her role as Hermione Granger in the wildly popular Harry Potter movies, shares that she had considered quitting acting while studying at Brown University.

"I was finding this fame thing was getting to a point of no return," she says. "I sensed if this was something I was ever going to step away from it was now or never."

But the 26-year-old kept at it, balancing her acting career with education and feminist activism, although she admits she has often felt "too serious" for the movie business. "But as I've got older, I've realized, No! Taking on those battles, the smaller ones and the bigger ones, is who I am."

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Over the years, the Beauty and the Beast star has found ways to maintain her private life. For instance, she doesn't talk about her boyfriend in interviews and chooses not to take selfies with fans she encounters. 

"For me, it's the difference between being able to have a life and not," she explains. "If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they've created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters. They can see what I'm wearing and who I'm with. I just can't give that tracking data." 

That doesn't mean she won't engage with people, however. She'll sometimes offer to sign an autograph or have a conversation about her most famous role:

"I'll say, 'I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have but I just can't do a picture' ... I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone's freakin' week? Children I don't say no to, for example."

Watson goes on to explain how her situation is different from the child actors who have come before her — not only because of the intensity of the Harry Potter fandom, but also because of way social media has changed the way we look at celebrities.

"People will say to me, 'Have you spoken to Jodie Foster or Natalie Portman? They would have great advice for you on how to grow up in the limelight,' " she says. "I'm not saying it was in any way easy on them, but with social media it's a whole new world. They've both said technology has changed the game."

For Watson, a desire for balance has also meant turning down some offers — including the lead role in La La Land, for which Emma Stone just won her first Oscar. But Watson doesn't seem to have any regrets.

"There have been hard moments in my career when I've had an agent or a movie producer say, 'You are making a big mistake,' " she recalls. "But what's the point of achieving great success if you feel like you're losing your freakin' mind? I've had to say, 'Guys, I need to go back to school,' or 'I just need to go home and hang out with my cats.' People have looked at me and been like, 'Is she insane?' But, actually, it's the opposite of insane."

We couldn't agree more.

(H/T: E! Online)

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