Emma Watson will forever be known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise. But it’s apparently another entirely different role that has most affected how she thinks about her public profile. Here’s a look at how a timely techno thriller made such an impact on her.
Born in Paris in 1990, Emma Watson resided in the French city until she was five, at which point she moved with her mother to Oxfordshire, England. In 1999 she auditioned for the role of Hermione Granger in the big-screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She was subsequently cast alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint as part of the film’s central trio.
After the release of the 2001 movie, the press often singled out Watson as the finest of the three young actors. She of course returned to the role in 2002’s The Chamber of Secrets and then again in 2004’s The Prisoner of Azkaban and 2005’s The Goblet of Fire. Watson then ventured outside of the franchise in 2007 with a starring turn in BBC drama Ballet Shoes.