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Emma Watson on the challenges of finding fame as a child and how Liz Taylor helped her gain perspective


British actress Emma Watson confessed she feels jealous of some actresses who were able to make their on-screen debuts as adults, while she began her career in the film industry as a child.

Watson was 11 years old when she shot to fame in 2001 as the lead character Hermoine in the Harry Potter films.

"There are all these actresses who have emerged in the last year or two, and they get to emerge as this complete human being. And I'm so jealous!" said the 23-year-old in an interview with Elle magazine.

Emma Watson with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grant, David Heyman and Chris Columbus at he premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in November 2001 in London.

It was an anecdote from Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor that helped her gain some perspective on how to separate her work from life.

"She had her first kiss in character on a movie set," Watson explained. "It really struck me. I don't know how or why, but I had this sense that if I wasn't really careful, that could be me … that my first kiss could be in somebody else's clothes. And my experiences could all belong to someone else."

Watson's career in Hollywood has spanned nearly 15 years. Having been home-schooled while working on the Harry Potter franchise, she took some time away from acting to study at Oxford University for a year and then enrolled at Brown Univeristy in Rhode Island, United States, to study English.

She has since returned to the big-screen in major flicks from The Perks of Being A Wallflower to Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring.

Watson's latest role is in the upcoming film Noah, which is inspired by the Biblical story Noah's Ark. She plays Noah's adopted daughter Ila (pictured above).

(Words: Sejal Kapadia, Images: Rex Features)



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