Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Why Emma Watson is taking a year-long break from acting

rexfeatures_5006986m.jpg

Emma Watson has announced she is planning on taking a year off from her acting career.

The Harry Potter actress revealed she's taking a sabbatical to work on her "own personal development" and focus on her position as UN Woman Goodwill Ambassador.

Speaking to American feminist and writer bell hooks in an interview in Paper magazine, the 25-year-old says she wants to spend the year studying feminist literature and dedicating herself to activism and self-growth. 

"I'm reading so much and exposing myself to so many new ideas," she says. "It feels as if sometimes I'm struggling to keep up with myself." 

"It's a really cool period of time for me," she adds.

Emma Watson UN speech

Watson speaking at the HeForShe campaign at the United Nations in September 2014

In addition to setting her own reading challenge - she plans to read a book a week and a book a month as part of her feminist book club - Watson will also be focusing on her UN campaign, HeForShe.

In response to hook's comment that many people are "very cynical about celebrity activism", the actress admits  "I feel like I have to overcompensate at times."

"When I was talking to my mum about going and doing the gender studies, she was like, 'it feels like you'd be trying to prove to everyone that you're smart and trying to prove something by doing that. You can prove that you care about it by spending time listening and talking to as many people as you can and keep doing what you're doing."'

Pictures: Rex Features

Related

Emma Watson.jpg

Emma Watson is launching a feminist book club

Malala-Yousafzai-and-Emma-Watson.jpg

Malala tells Emma: “You made me a feminist”

rexfeatures_5460031f.jpg

Harry Potter’s Hermione will be played by a black actress in new play

rexfeatures_962329af.jpg

In defence of Emma Watson’s feminist tribute to Alan Rickman

sexist semantics.jpg

The semantics of sexism: why we need to change the way we talk

rexfeatures_5556582ac.jpg

The ultimate feminist speech? Shonda Rhimes shows us how it's done

rexfeatures_5491500bm.jpg

Jennifer Lawrence pokes fun at success of female-led films

stella-creasy-caitlin-moran-stylist-interview.jpg

Stella Creasy quizzes Caitlin Moran on feminism and having a voice

Comments

More

Everything we know about the Downton Abbey film so far

Next year, people. NEXT YEAR.

by Nicola Colyer
23 Jun 2017

White House responds to claims the Queen “snubbed” President Trump

But did the Queen really do this on purpose?

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Jun 2017

Ellen DeGeneres catches audience member stealing, publicly shames her

Top tip? Don’t steal from Ellen DeGeneres

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Jun 2017

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick lined up for new thriller

"A feverish and expertly plotted tale of psychological suspense"

by Nicola Colyer
22 Jun 2017

We bloody love Kate Beckinsale’s hilarious Manspreading Action Plan

She knows exactly what to do when a man spreads his legs

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017

This is what Amanda Knox’s Instagram account looks like

The Seattle native has made her feed public

by Anna Brech
22 Jun 2017

Prince Harry is still haunted by memories of Princess Diana’s funeral

‘I don’t think any child should be asked to do what I did’

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017

Courteney Cox thanks friends for helping her embrace “natural” face

‘I finally look like myself’

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Father's Day celebrations to Lena Dunham's new crop

by Nicola Colyer
21 Jun 2017

Michelle Obama has the best advice for you and your girlfriends

The former FLOTUS does this with her friends every single summer

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jun 2017