In the summer of 2009, Emma Watson confessed to MTV News that she wasn’t sure whether, after working on the “Harry Potter” franchise for a decade, she might take an extended holiday from Hollywood and concentrate on her studies.
“I’m reading a lot of scripts and talking to casting agents and if something comes up in the right time then I [would consider it],” she said. “If it was something I really wanted to do, then I wouldn’t say no. But at the same time I’ve been working solidly since I was like 10 … so I’m going to take a bit of a break.”
The 20-year-old actress has largely stuck to that take-a-step-back ethos. While she has a few film roles lined up, they carry a fraction of the profile that “Potter” does. Instead, she’s plowing forward at Brown University and expanding her fashion work. Here’s what we can expect next from Watson.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2″
“Deathly Hallows – Part 1″ notched an impressive debut at the box office this weekend — $125 million, good for #6 on the all-time list of opening weekends. But “Part 2″ will likely blow that total away. Why? Warner Bros. is still planning to convert the flick for a 3-D release. Those premium ticket prices should goose the opening ever higher. Which means that despite the low profile Watson will keep until then, come next summer she’ll once again be recognized as Hollywood royalty.
“My Week With Marilyn”
No, Watson is not set to play iconic blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe. That honor goes to Michelle Williams. Watson took on a small role as a wardrobe assistant for this film, which follows the just-married Monroe on a tour around Britain with an assistant director on “The Prince and the Showgirl,” a film she shoots after getting hitched to playwright Arthur Miller.
Earlier this year, Watson made her status as a fashion icon official when she collaborated with People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion label, for a line of eco-friendly duds. Now she’s got a second collection of pinafore dresses, cotton cardigans and striped tees. “I still find it hard to convey what Fair Trade means to those producing our fashion — it’s just so impressive to see how the women have used Fair Trade clothing to escape poverty and empower themselves and their children,” she says on the People Tree website.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Watson’s next starring role could be in this adaptation of a 1999 novel about a lonely teenage boy named Charlie, who deals with issues of familial strife, drug use, sexuality and suicide. Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”) would play Charlie, opposite Watson as his love interest Sam.
All of these projects, however, currently take a backseat to Watson’s Ivy League studies. As she told us recently, she almost quit the “Potter” franchise , lest she lose a chance to pursue her higher education. “I always try and make decisions in my life based on what’s right for me and I just try and be true to myself,” she said. “It was mainly to do with scheduling and I had a real fight on my hands to ensure that I was able to go to university and I was able to sit my A-levels, because the schedule they handed to me didn’t really allow for any of that and I just wasn’t prepared to let it go.”
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