Many people know Emma Watson as the super smart, loveable Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. Well, that may be how people originally came to know her but her career has since grown tremendously. At the very young age of 27, Watson has managed to inspire people and surprise them with her maturity. The actress may have started out in film but she is so much more: a UN ambassador, an advocate for several charities and a worthy role model to many young people. One thing that her fans have noticed about her is that she is very inspirational. Watson is knowledgeable about so much and still manages to keep her career going strong. Her knowledge has inspired many quotes that people live by. Here are a few of the inspirational things she has said.
15. The Time She Showed Confidence
“I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.” During a 2009 interview with Elle magazine, Watson spoke about self-confidence and knowing who she is without being influenced by the media. Watson’s quote is inspiring at a time like this where the media has highly influenced not only the fans of celebrities, but celebrities themselves. There is a lot of pressure on women to have the perfect body, perfect face, perfect hair especially in the entertainment industry. She has enough confidence in herself to be a role model to young women but also to know that she is okay the way she is.
14. The Time She Talked About Love
“It sounds like a cliché but I also learnt that you’re not going to fall for the right person until you really love yourself and feel good about how you are.” Watson’s words of encouragement are inspiring. She is preaching what it takes many young women years and several failed relationships to find out. It’s refreshing to have someone out there who has the platform to reach millions of people, give good advice about falling in love and self love. As an actress, it must be challenging to find REAL or sincere love, however, Watson seems to be on the right path of navigating it.
13. The Time She Talked About Fashion
“I’m a multidimensional person and that’s the freedom of fashion: that you’re able to reinvent yourself through how you dress and how you cut your hair or whatever.” For Watson, fashion is a way of expressing yourself. She is correct in stating that you can be whomever you want to be starting with the way you dress and how you style your hair. This really resonates with many people who believe that their outer appearance is a true reflection of who they are, thus, perhaps why some people go out of their way to wear something that is a “statement piece”. Watson even teamed up with Free People clothing brand because she believed that their pieces were ones that reflected her personal style.
12. The Time She Talked About Her Craft
“As a child, I loved being onstage. I loved singing, I loved the lights, I loved the adrenaline. I even loved learning lines. I was completely obsessive.” It’s no secret that Emma Watson is completely in love with her job. The actress has stated time and time again that she feels blessed to be able to do a job that has so many benefits. However, Watson seems to be more appreciative of the fact that she is able to have a job that offers her enough wealth to be able to give back. She has dedicated a lot of time to charities and only chooses acting jobs that she feels a connection with. While she enjoys learning lines and being under the lights, she is also quite grateful for what she knows is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
11. The Time She Reminisced About Harry Potter
“If anyone else played Hermione, it would actually kill me.” Watson played Hermione Granger for several years, it is the role she is most known for. Her connection to the character is unlike any other. Not only does she appreciate the opportunity, she also put a lot of time and effort into making the character just right. Mainly for those who were fans of the books. She has made it no secret that her time filming the franchise was a great experience for her, this makes her fans love her even more. She knows that she is lucky to have had such an experience.
10. The Time She Talked About Education
“I’m not going to school just for the academics – I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning.” Watson’s understanding of how important education is refreshing. Hollywood is not a place that shows much support for the education system. While some individual celebrities have spoken out about what education means to them, very few use their platform to do so. Her grip on the value of education is one more reason to have her as a role model. She realizes that it’s not just about the mind but the social aspect as well. Education is a passion for a lot of people and instead of using her fame and fortune to party she used it to educate herself.
9. The Time She Was Brutally Honest
“I have had no control over my life. I have lived in a complete bubble. They found me and picked me for the part. And now I’m desperately trying to find my way through it.” Honesty is the best policy. Watson displays this when she is brutally honest about how her life is affected after being thrust into the public eye. While she has managed to climb out of being a deer in headlights, she knows it is important to be honest about how fame continues to affect her. She has never shied away from being honest and admits that her life before Harry Potter was a sheltered one. Watson praises the industry for giving her a broader view on life. But, she still manages to keep her wits about her and knows that it can all be taken away in the blink of an eye.
8. The Time She Gave The Back Hand To Failure
“I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.” In 2011, Watson did an interview for the cover of Vogue magazine and was asked what she fears most. Watson’s response was simple and elegant: she doesn’t want fear to take over her life. Fear is a silent dream killer. It stops people from living life to their fullest potential. Watson’s inspiring attitude towards fear is admirable. It looks as though she has accomplished everything that she has set her mind to and then some. Whether she is receiving an award, giving an interview, or giving a speech at a UN conference, the way Watson carries herself is not only a testament to the confidence she has in herself, but to her daring attitude towards fear.
7. The Time She Talked About Photoshopping
“With airbrushing and digital manipulation, fashion can project an unobtainable image that’s dangerously unhealthy. I’m excited about the aging process. I’m more interested in women who aren’t perfect. They’re more compelling.” It’s clear to see that Watson likes to keep things natural and she is truly comfortable speaking about the troubles that women face today. One of those troubles is photoshop and how it has affected body image in women today. When asked about this issue during an interview with the Sunday Times in 2014, instead of brushing off the question, Watson took it head on stating that she embraced the idea of aging. How perfect is that answer? Her positive outlook regarding being a woman, aging and being healthy and happy with her body is refreshing. For her, being a role model is serious business, she understands what it means to have the eyes of young women watching her.
6. The Time She Realized She Can’t Please Everyone
“All I can do is follow my instincts, because I’ll never please everyone.” Society is so consumed with pleasing others and making sure that everyone is impressed by their strides. Life can’t be about making others happy all the time. Focusing on yourself and what you trust, and doing what makes you happy is a good way to start . Is this the secret to Watson’s genuine smile every time she makes an appearance? She always seems more than happy to be doing whatever it is she is doing. Whether she is making an appearance, hanging out with friends or promoting a film, she is genuine. It looks as though following your instincts can lead you down great paths.
5. The Time She Spoke On Faith
“There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear; it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.” When Watson speaks about having faith its easy to see why people become so mesmerized by her. During a press conference in 2011, Watson was again able to inspire people. She spoke about what it’s like to overcome fears and have faith. Everything happens for a reason and in its own time. Her positive outlook is something that people admire. When reading what Watson said, it’s easy to feel enthusiastic. It helps you build up confidence that you may be lacking.
4. The Time She Showed She Has A Sense Of Humor
“I never feel so accomplished as when I open a tough jar” In 2016, Watson tweeted out something that makes her feel so accomplished. Apparently getting a jar open all on her own makes her feel amazing. Nothing like celebrating the little things in life, right? Why is this quote even on this list? Well, honestly, it’s nice to see someone so famous humanize themselves. She demonstrates relatability and humor all in one sentence. Actors are often afraid of showing their real selves. They have a persona that is for the world and persona that is for their close friends and family. Watson isn’t afraid to show her true self.
3. The Time She Was The Most Inspirational
“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” Unfortunately, in this day and age, traditional roles are still pushed on women, instead of encouraging them to be who they want or to take on a role that feels most comfortable to them. Women are instead told they can’t do thing. It’s interesting that being smart is still something that turns some people off. While the world is slightly more tolerable, there is still a small few that are able to spew their hatred. Watson a young, educated and very smart woman tells other women it’s okay to be smart. She is shutting down haters. In addition, she is making sure that women know they don’t have to hide who they are.
2. The Time She Called Out Feminism
“I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.” Watson is right on this one. She is calling out women who have taken the act of feminism too far. It’s unfortunate to say that this is even something that is happening. She’s not alone on this point. A few other celebrities have agreed that being a feminist does not mean you have to bash men. While it can seem a bit controversial she has never been one to hide her true feelings.
1. The Time She Talked About Equal Pay
“I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts.” Pay equality is currently a big issue. Many celebrities have spoken out about it, but more so older women who have had to rest on their laurels. It’s inspiring when someone from the younger generation speaks about it. Just like Watson, actresses like Jennifer Lawrence have brought up the fact that women do not receive equal pay. It’s courageous for her to be so open about such an issue. It has been the cause of great contention lately. Watson has never been one to keep quiet about something that she believes in. It’s no surprise that she is standing up for another cause.