It has been eight years since the final Harry Potter movie was released and the films are still adored by fans across the globe. Not only do they make excellent Christmas viewing, we’ve watched the stars growing up in front of our very eyes.
However, Emma has opened up about the pressures of fame and in a candid new interview.
She was cast as Hermione Granger at just nine years old when she was picked from a line-up in her school gym in Oxford. But the actress, model and activist, now 29, has spoken about her decision to go into therapy following her appearance in the successful movie franchise.
Talking to activist Paris Lee for British Vogue, the actress said: ‘I’ve sat in therapy and felt really guilty about it. I’m like why me, somebody else would have enjoyed and wanted this aspect of it more than I did. And I’ve struggled a lot with the guilt around that. I’m like, I should be enjoying this a lot more, I should be more excited and I’m actually really struggling.’
She continued: ‘Part of what’s helped me find peace is there were moments when it got so big where I almost had vertigo and felt it got so big that I felt l disconnected, and part of the peace within myself is remembering my identity.
‘I am someone’s daughter. I am my mother’s daughter, I am my father’s daughter, I am a sister. I belong to a family. I come from a place, I have roots. There’s a whole big existence and identity that I have that’s really important and weighted and solid, that has nothing to do with any of that.’
Emma also spoke about the pressure of having it all together by the time you’re thirty, rejecting the ‘anxiety’ caused by the idea that you need to be in a relationship to be happy.
‘I never believed the whole “I’m happy single” spiel,’ she said.
‘I was like, “This is totally spiel.” It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.’