The shoot for both [movie id="342213"]"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"[/movie] films stretched on for almost a year and a half, and the entire time Emma Watson was crisscrossing the Atlantic playing two very different parts.
In London's Leavesden Studios, she was Hermione Granger, teen witch. In Providence, Rhode Island, she was just another Brown University student with a massive, Ivy League workload. And slipping in and out of each of these roles was no easy task.
"Sometimes, I just felt schizophrenic," the 20-year-old told MTV News. "I would be filming in my breaks, and I would come back into this college life and try and get my head into that. Sometimes it was really hard."
That's not simply because the shoot was the longest in the franchise's history. The film required her most mature performance to date, as Hermione, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ron (Rupert Grint) leave the familiar confines of Hogwarts and set out on a journey in which the trio's complicated dynamic presents as many problems as their quest to defeat evil Lord Voldemort. The three friends are, for the first time, faced with very adult issues — romantic jealousy, existential motivation — that carry far more weight in the real world than they ever could have during their school days. Capturing those conflicting emotions was a grueling challenge for Watson.
"It was exhausting in the sense we were doing back-to-back," she explained. "It was exhausting in the sense it was the most demanding emotionally, physically, just in every way. It was very intense, and I was hanging in rags when we finished shooting. But it's the best so far, so it was worth it."
And as schizophrenic as she felt at times, Watson found she could always rely on one thing to carry her though: her studies. "Generally, I find it really stabilizing that I have — whatever is going on with 'Potter,' whether I'm filming or whatever — I always have this constant thing in my life, which is my education," she said. "I find it very grounding."
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