The story of ways Emma Watson became one of the most recognisable ladies on this planet is folklore of sorts. She changed into nine-years-old while she changed into picked out of a line-up of would-be actors in her school gym to be in a film that would exchange her lifestyles forever. Twenty years later, and that infant famous person is now one of the world’s maximum bankable actors and known activists.
This Christmas, Watson is lower back on the massive display as Margaret “Meg” March in Greta Ger wig’s version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. The task couldn’t be a higher in shape for Emma, combining, as it does, a lot of her loves: literature, bridal dresses, movie and exploring the woman experience. “With Meg’s character, her manner of being a feminist is making the preference – due to the fact that’s absolutely, for me anyway, what feminism is approximately,” Watson tells Lees. “Her desire is that she wants to be a full-time mother and wife. To Jo [Saoirse Ronan], being married is surely some type of jail sentence. But Meg says, ‘You know, I love him [John Brooke, who is played by James Norton] and I’m simply satisfied and this is what I want. And just because my goals are unique from yours, it doesn’t suggest they’re unimportant.”
Which begs the question: what are Emma Watson’s goals? She turns 30 in April, and describes 2020 as having been “tough”, due to the fact she “had these kinds of ideas” approximately what her lifestyles become supposed to appear to be at this age. “I changed into like, ‘Why does absolutely everyone make such a massive fuss approximately turning 30? This is not a large deal…’” she shares. “Cut to 29, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I experience so confused and anxious. And I realise it’s due to the fact there is this bloody inflow of subliminal messaging around. If you have not built a home, in case you do now not have a husband, in case you do now not have a baby, and you are turning 30, and you’re now not in some notably secure, stable vicinity to your career, or you’re nevertheless figuring things out… There’s simply this amazing amount of anxiety.”
If it’s wonderful to assume that Watson worries approximately this stuff, it’s comforting, too. “I never believed the whole ‘I’m satisfied single’ spiel,” she continues. “I turned into like, ‘This is absolutely spiel.’ It took me a protracted time, but I’m very glad [being single]. I name it being self-partnered.”
One of her greatest pleasures in making Little Women, she says, was spending time with fellow actor-activists. “What was genuinely best approximately running with Laura Dern and Meryl Streep was that the three folks knew every other manner before we did Little Women. We met in activist spaces, so we had this ally ship and unity as activists that had been part of a sure movement earlier than we ever worked together.”
Read the entire interview in the December difficulty of British Vogue, which is out on newsstands on 8 November