Being a girl, Emma Watson may have found herself in the public eye more than her “Harry Potter” co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.
By all accounts, Hogwarts’ Talented Triad have grown up well-behaved, well-adjusted, and very well-rounded. Even Dan Radcliffe’s on-stage disrobing was met with only a smidgen of controversy because, frankly, he’s just too clean-cut to really be up to no good.
Or so many people feel. On the other hand, rumor has it that Warner Brothers has unleashed the hounds of moral monitoring to ensure that Hogwarts’ Intrepid Initiates don’t fall afoul of the news media’s hounds of horrible news coverage.
“I’ve never seen a ‘good behaviour’ clause – I honestly think that’s a myth – but I actually wouldn’t ever need one,” Emma said recently when asked about the rumored “good behavior” clause for her contract. She says not tempted by drugs, parties, and the celebrity lifestyle.
Her own comfort level determines where she’ll go with her public image. “I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt,” she in another interview. “But that’s not me. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image.”
It remains to be seen whether Emma will make the transition from child star to leading lady as a fully mature film, stage, or small screen actress. She certainly won’t lack for opportunities, especially if she gets into Yale and follows in American actress Jodi Foster’s footsteps.
On the one hand, folks want to applaud Emma’s power of personal choice. On the other hand, doesn’t that recognition put more pressure on her to perform? It’s not so long ago in the memories of some folks that a certain former Mickey Mouse Club actress was insisting she would remain pure until her wedding night. Of course, those promises aside, that particular young life went astray after the marriage anyway.
Here’s looking at you, Emma. May the Force be with you.
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