Moviefone- After the “Harry Potter” franchise ended, Emma Watson was ready to leave Hollywood behind, following media speculation about whether or not she had a future in acting. The actress revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that it was the world’s obsession over her future plans that initially put her off of the profession, leading her to take some time off to attend Brown University. “For a while I kind of bought into the hype of, ‘Will [I] ever be able to play anything else?’ It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while,” Watson said. “And then a professor told me that they didn’t think I should act, either. So I was really grappling with it and wasn’t feeling good about it. …. [I]t got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started pissing me off. I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way.” Watson said the tides on her acting ambivalence turned when she got the script for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” leading her to dive back into her career.
I’m not here to debate whether or not Emma Watson can actually act. I think the last Harry Potter movie I saw was at a 5th grade birthday party and even though I’ll admit to watching the second half of The Perks of Being a Wallflower because I couldn’t find the remote, I was too busy rooting for the main character to kill himself to pay attention to anything else in the movie. That being said, I don’t care if she can act because she’s hot and British and if she stopped acting there would be no excuse for people to take pictures of her for me to cut the eyes out of and hang on the wall.
It’s bad enough that a professor at Brown thinks they’re in a position to give life advice, but trying to make Emma Watson stop acting so she could make her own major and discover herself is a crime against humanity. Absolutely inexcusable. Thankfully reason prevailed but that doesn’t make up for the fact that this nameless hippie did what he/she/it could to deter her and I’m not going to act like everything’s fine and dandy just because she didn’t take their advice.
I understand that realistically there’s nothing I can do, but that doesn’t mean I can’t say that I hope they get hit by a Prius on Thayer Street and get second degree burns from the organic coffee they were carrying. And for the record if by some absurd twist of fate that actually happens I’m only going to feel a little guilty.