May 302013

LOS ANGELES: The famous mug-blood from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Emma Watson is trying to get rid of the Harry Potter franchise tag, which made her such a big name in the industry, with roles in films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring. Emma, who is more popularly known for her character Hermoine Granger, wants to establish herself as a serious actor but admits that she feels “inadequate” about her skills.

Despite being well-recognised for her ability as a young actor, Emma seems to be feeling more and more incompetent. “It’s called the imposter syndrome. The better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy grows, because I’m just going with it,” said the 23-year-old in an interview, reports

“It feels as if any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved. I can’t possibly live up to everybody’s expectations and what they think I am as a person,” she added.

Watson says that she lost her self-confidence as an actor when she shot for the sixth and final edition of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II in 2010. It was only when she was casted for her role as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by director Stephen Chbosky that she began to regain her self-esteem. “After the Harry Potter series, I didn’t feel very confident in myself as an actor. It’s rather sheer luck that I’ve improved now but back then, I needed someone to believe in me, and Stephen really did,” she added.

Watson also revealed that she feels a “little constrained” by her previous role as Hermione Granger as that has made it difficult for her to move on. While Watson isn’t complaining about the franchise, which is the main reason behind her success, she does admit that she is getting sick of how people constantly refer to the wizard series.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2013.                    

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