Emma Watson's Many Roles: Yogi, Bookworm, Fashionista and More!
Don't call Emma Watson simply an actress.
While it's true that the Brit — who turns 24 on April 15 — is probably best know for starring in such flicks as "Noah," "The Bling Ring," and, of course, the Harry Potter movies, she has lots of other interests, too.
Take a look at her many identities:
1. Licensed yogi: Watson is constantly traveling to a movie set or taking on one of her many other interests, but even she needs to stop and take a deep breath once in a while. Earlier this month, Elle Australia reported that Watson, its cover girl for the month, had recently earned a license to teach yoga and meditation. In the accompanying interview, Watson explained that her passion for the bendy practice came about because she has such a nomadic lifestyle. "I was like, 'I need to find a way to always feel safe and at home within myself,'" she said. "Because I can never rely on a physical place."
2. Philosopher: No wonder Watson was a perfect Hermione Granger; she's long been wise beyond her years, musing about love and life. For example, she gave a Pinterest-worthy quote to Vogue in June 2011 as she prepared to leave her brainy, bossy Harry Potter character behind. "I don't want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about," she said. The next year, Watson shared a revelation she'd had about relationships with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph. "It sounds like a cliche 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," she noted.
3. College student: It's no secret the eloquent Brit is well educated. She enrolled at reputable Brown University in September 2009, spent time at Oxford in her home country of England, and has returned to Brown to complete her degree. Watson expects to graduate in May and join the ranks of Natalie Portman, Carrie Underwood, James Franco, and other cerebral stars who have degrees. Not that it's been easy. Watson recounted to Vogue that Warner Bros., the studio behind the Harry Potter franchise, wasn't thrilled about her decision to go to college because it would take up so much of her time. Watson eventually said she wouldn't return for the final two films… unless they were flexible about her schedule. "I have felt for the last 10 years I have had this battle; I've been fighting so hard to have an education," she revealed to the glossy. "It's been this uphill struggle. I was Warner Bros.' pain in the butt. I was their scheduling conflict. I was the one who made life difficult."
4. Feminist: Still in her 20s, Watson doesn't tiptoe around a label that still leaves people many years older nervous, and has used the f-word on more than one occasion. She opined in a 2007 interview — that's right, back when she was just 17! — that too many females were afraid of shining as brightly as they could. "There are too many stupid girls in the media," she told Parade magazine. "Hermione's not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that's bad." She added, "I'm a bit of a feminist. I'm very competitive and challenging."
5. Painter: The writer who profiled Watson for Vogue in 2011 noticed an impressive self-portrait the actress had hanging on the wall of her home. "As Emma takes me on a tour of her house, the extraordinary depth and breadth to her talents become obvious," wrote Amanda Foreman. "Every room is framed around a beautiful artifact — a piece of furniture or fabric picked up at a flea market in Paris or Los Angeles — and her artworks show that she can both paint and draw exquisitely." Watson is serious about her passion for other types of art.
6. Aspiring everything: Watson has spoken about "using her brain in another way," one that's connected to acting, but that's still creative. "I really want to write a novel," she revealed to the U.K.'s The Sun in November 2010. "I also want to learn to play the mandolin. I love singing and so would love to do a musical. I want to travel and become fluent in French." Speaking of which…
7. Mademoiselle: Americans tend to think of Watson as British because of her accent. And while she did grow up in Oxford, Paris was her actual ville natale (hometown in French). Watson has revealed that she still speaks some French from the time she spent there as an infant, so she will likely achieve her goal with just a few lessons from Berlitz.
8. Fashionista: Watson's red carpet style is revered. The ambassador for beauty brand Lancôme has recently impressed once again while promoting "Noah" in designs from Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, and Oscar de la Renta, to name a few.
9. Bookworm: Watson's favorite way to relax is to dive into a good book that has nothing to do with her studies. Back in 2012, she told Savoir Flair magazine about a few diverse tomes that had influenced her life. "I have had Patti Smith's 'Just Kids' on my bedside forever. I just read 'Siddhartha,' which was recommended to me by a friend. Russell Crowe, who I am working with on a film, gave me John Fowles' 'The Magus.' Of course I love Roald Dahl, like anyone else in the world. And William Blake, who is a genius poet. And Oscar Wilde, who is really wonderful…" Spoken like a true book clubber!