If you struggle envisioning Emma Watson on screen sans Hermione Granger's wand or know-it-all airs, you better prepare yourself. And maybe the best place to start is British GQ's upcoming issue. Emma is shedding her inhibitions to play the pole-dancing pilferer Nicki in Sofia Coppola's upcoming "Bling Ring" (out June 14), and here she is, posing in character for the lad mag's cover.
Inside, the 22-year-old explains what drew her to the saucy role.
"When I read the script and I realised that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it's become to our society, I had to do it," she said. "The character is everything that I felt strongly against—she's superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She's all of these things and I realised 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."
Another selling point? It didn't involve the oft-tread territory of period pieces, the bread and butter (or tea and crumpets) of many a Brit's acting career.
"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," she explained. "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. That's so exciting for me because it meant I was really acting."
Ready to steal more "Bling Ring" insider info? Join Emma and co-stars Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Taissa Farmiga and Claire Julien during our Sneak Peek Week leading up to this year's MTV Movie Awards!
Will Jennifer Lawrence get her silver lining in the form of a Golden Popcorn? Which beefcake will sizzle in our brand-new Best Shirtless Performance category? It's up to you to decide the winners of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards! Vote now, and tune in Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET, as star Rebel Wilson takes the stage at the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California.
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