Accio achievement! For the second year in a row, the MTV
Trailblazer Award has highlighted an outstanding young talent in the biz. The big honoree at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards was the wholly deserving Emma Watson.
As proof that Watson isn’t just beloved by her fans, she received not one, not even two, but three introductions by fellow actors. First, her “My Week With Marilyn” co-star Eddie Redmayne called her “as irritatingly elegant and kind as she is talented.” Then her “Perks of Being a Wallflower” co-star Logan Lerman sang her praises, describing her as “present and so giving in every scene.” Last, via video message, Jonah Hill appeared to announce that they’d be teaming up as the two lead characters in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” poking fun at Watson’s recent Twitter reaction to rumors that she was in talks to star in the big-screen adaptation of E L James’ novel.
Laughing good-naturedly at the joke, Watson ascended the stage. The once fresh-faced preteen star has grown into an elegant, composed 22-year-old young woman. Sporting a short bubble-skirted dress with black and white accents with her hair swept back in a chic side-parted low bun, Watson commanded the stage with modesty and poise, breathlessly exclaiming, “You guys are going to make me cry — that was so nice!”
In reaction to the tribute reel played prior to her introduction, she joked, “So after seeing this clip, I look back over the work I’ve done in the last 14 years and many things come to mind — most importantly, how bad my hair was in the first ’Harry Potter’ film!”
She thanked fans for “supporting me through all of my awkwardness” and went on to compare herself to her beloved character Hermione Granger, saying, “Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing, and it’s a process. I was completely the eager beaver in school, I was the girl in the front of the class who was the first person to put her hand up, and it’s often not cool to be the person that puts themself out there, and I’ve often gotten teased mercilessly, but I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in — even if it makes you vulnerable — amazing things can and will happen.”
She closed by promising to “make the best work I can for all of you”
as the enthusiastic crowd cheered her on.
Since her formidable stint at Hogwarts, Watson hasn’t slowed down.
She’s proved she can break out of straight-laced Hermione’s mold after eight “Harry Potter” films to play a diverse roster of characters, including tenacious wardrobe assistant Lucy in “My Week With Marilyn,”
wise-beyond-her-years Sam in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and, in perhaps her most daring role yet, fame-obsessed teen thief Nicki in Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film “The Bling Ring.”