Emma Watson stopt met acteren. Of nouja: ze neemt in ieder geval even een pauze van een jaar, vertelt ze in het nieuwe nummer van Paper.
'I'm taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really. My own personal development is one.'
En dat is: vooral héél veel lezen.
'I'm reading so much and exposing myself to so many new ideas. It almost feels like the chemistry and the structure of my brain is changing so rapidly sometimes. It feels as if sometimes I'm struggling to keep up with myself. It's a really cool period of time for me. My work that I do for the UN is all very clearly outlined, but my personal views and opinions are still being defined, really. So it'll be an interesting time.'
De tweede reden? Haar ambassadeurschap voor de Verenigde Naties en haar #HeforShe-campagne.
'We are organizing a HeForShe arts week, a university tour, and launching the HeForShe website. It's a lot. There's a lot to do.'
'There are people who are very cynical about celebrity activism. As a consequence, it may lead celebrities to feel like they've got to do more to prove they are genuine.'
En dat geldt ook voor Watson, die voelt dat ze zich extra moet bewijzen:
'When I was talking to my mom about going and doing the gender studies, she was like, "It feels like you'd be trying to prove to everyone that you're smart and trying to prove something by doing that. You're learning so much on your own at the moment and enjoying it so much. You can prove that you care about it by spending time listening and talking to as many people as you can and keep doing what you're doing." I do feel like I have to overcompensate at times.'
Afijn: personal development en een campagne voor de VN - lijken ons zo de beste redenen om even een jaar een break te nemen.
Tot volgend jaar, Watson!