Emma Watson is ready to take a break from Hollywood.
The 25-year-old Harry Potter star sat down with feminist and activist bell hooks, the author of Feminism Is for Everybody, for Paper magazine. In the candid interview she opened up about her plans to step away from the spotlight for a year.
“I’m taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really,” she told hooks. “My own personal development is one.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Watson wants to take some time to further her education in feminism, a topic she’s been extremely vocal about these past few years. The actress even contemplated returning to school.
“I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading,” she said. “I actually wanted to keep on the path that I’m on. I’m reading a lot this year, and I want to do a lot of listening.”
Watson’s post-Potter career has been taking her farther and farther away from the world of witchcraft and wizardry, but her days of being magical are far from over. The badass card-carrying feminist became a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 — the same year she graduated from Brown University — where she launched the HeForShe campaign with a now-famous U.N. speech.
Not to mention that earlier this year, the starlet also announced that she was starting her own feminist book club: Our Shared Self. Watson wants to dedicate some of her newfound free time to her new endeavor.
“My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club,” she said. “I’m doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own.”
Atta girl, Watson.