Emma Watson Explains Why She Stopped Acting In Films For Four Years

Emma Watson has addressed the claims that she has quit acting after not appearing in a role since Little Women.
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Emma Watson has explained why she stopped acting in films for four years.

Watson, 33, is best known for her portrayal of Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter movies.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower star hasn’t appeared in a film since Little Women in 2019 – and her only other screen credit since then came in an impromptu Harry Potter reunion special.

And finally, Watson has explained the reason behind her absence.

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In an interview with the Financial Times, Watson says that the industry was starting to make her feel ‘caged’.

The Beauty and the Beast actress explains: “I wasn’t very happy if I’m being honest. I think I felt a bit caged.

“The thing I found really hard was that I had to go out and sell something that I really didn’t have very much control over.

“To stand in front of a film and have every journalist be able to say, ‘How does this align with your viewpoint?’.

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“It was very difficult to have to be the face and the spokesperson for things where I didn’t get to be involved in the process.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Watson claims she felt as though she didn’t ‘have a voice’ when being interviewed and that it became ‘very frustrating’.

The This is the End star goes on to say that she wants to take ‘flak’ when she has ‘screwed up’ through her own ‘decision’.

But in positive news for fans of Watson, she does say that she will be returning to acting at some point in the future.

Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast.
Emma Watson has explained why she stopped acting in films for four years. Credit: Disney

Watson tells the Financial Times that she is ‘happy’ to wait for the ‘next right thing’ to come along and that still loves to act.

She adds: “I just don’t want to switch into robot mode any more. Does that make sense?”

Watson has previously taken to Twitter to slam ‘rumours’ about her love life and career as ‘ways to create clicks’.

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She writes: “Dear Fans, rumours about whether I’m engaged or not, or whether my career is ‘dormant or not’ are ways to create clicks each time they are revealed to be true or untrue.

“If I have news – I promise I’ll share it with you.”

Watson’s Financial Times interview comes after the late Alan Rickman – who played Severus Snape in Harry Potter – slammed her acting skills in his personal diary.

When discussing the children he shared scenes with, Rickman wrote: “These kids need directing. They don’t know their lines and Emma [Watson]’s diction is this side of Albania at times.

“Plus, my so-called rehearsal is with a stand-in who is French.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.