Emma Watson Talks Feeling 'Inadequate' In New Interview

Emma Watson at The Perks of Being a Wallflower screening
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Emma Watson has given an intimate interview to teen blogger Tavi Gevinson's magazine, Rookie, in which she describes her insecurities as an actress.

As the British star prepares to embark on the promotional circuit for her latest movie, The Bling Ring, she's explained how she sometimes feels "unnerved" by her success and what it entails.

She says: "Itís called the impostor syndrome. Itís almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because Iím just going, 'Any moment, someoneís going to find out Iím a total fraud, and that I donít deserve any of what Iíve achieved. I canít possibly live up to what everyone thinks I am and what everyoneís expectations of me are.'

"Itís weird Ė sometimes [success] can be incredibly validating, but sometimes it can be incredibly unnerving and throw your balance off a bit, because youíre trying to reconcile how you feel about yourself with how the rest of the world perceives you."


We're sure plenty of women can relate to that feeling. The actress also revealed how she loves to write, and hopes to publish her work one day, but feels that she would have to do so under a false name. Just don't expect it to be about a child wizard... 

She added: "I paint and I draw and I write and I do other things too, and recently some people at school were asking if Iíd ever publish any of my [written] work. But I almost feel like I would have to publish it under another name because there's a definition of me out there that feels kind of stuck in the moment when it was formed. I was 15 or 16 then, and Iím now 23.

"Iím not complaining, because people really have given me permission to evolve and have been very supportive of my work outside of Harry Potter. So I donít feel too suffocated in that sense. But sometimes Iíve felt a little constrained by that idea of who Iím meant to be."

"Every article thatís published about me has some reference to Hogwarts or Hermione or magic or 'What would Harry and Ron say?'"

Oops, we'll lay off the magical puns in future, then. But, Emma Ė you really are super-talented. You have nothing to worry about.



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