Emma Watson Goes Bling Ring Bad Girl For British GQ
Emma Watson is saying goodbye to well-behaved Harry Potter heroine Hermione. The actress appears on the cover of the May issue of British GQ as her tattooed, pole-dancing, law-breaking character from The Bling Ring, the upcoming movie based on the real-life group of privileged teens who burglarized celebrity homes.
“When I read the script and I realized that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it’s become to our society, I had to do it,” Watson tells the magazine.
She explains that her character is “everything that I felt strongly against — she’s superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She’s all of these things and I realized that I hated her. How do you play someone you hate? But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job, or my role as an actress, could be.”
Watson knew that she didn’t want to do a period drama, which also made the wild role attractive. “Really I was open-minded about doing anything, but the one thing I didn’t want to do was get myself into a corset because I was worried I’d never get out again,” says the actress. “I knew it would be a really comfortable thing to do, but I felt… I had to dive into something really different. This has been a really big departure for me; it’s a really big character.”