This makes complete sense
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Emma Watson may have been thrust into the spotlight at a young age thanks to her leading role in the Harry Potter movie franchise, but that doesn’t mean that she is willing to compromise the privacy of her personal life to propel her professional life.
In fact, the 26-year-old actress has made a conscious decision to keep them both very separate, instead using her platform to talk about issues that she is deeply passionate about – most notably, her HeForShe campaign – even if it means dealing with a particularly negative reaction to her ideas about feminism.
But for all the furore over what she wore while promoting Beauty and the Beast, or how she is promoting ethical fashion through her new Instagram account, there’s one thing that Emma is keen to guard from the eyes of the public – and that’s her relationship.
Despite growing up in public and dealing with speculation over who she was dating during her teenage years, Emma explained to Vanity Fair how she manages a career in Hollywood without unwanted prying into her personal life.
She said: ‘I want to be consistent: I can’t talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home.’
Her approach also means keeping her relationship well away from anything she does while promoting a film.
‘I’ve noticed, in Hollywood, who you’re dating gets tied up into your film promotion and becomes part of the performance and the circus,’ she continued.
‘I would hate anyone that I were with to feel like they were in any way part of a show or an act.’
Emma also spoke about why she will no longer take selfies with fans, and we completely get why.
All we can say is – what a hero.