Emma Watson has always being vocal about social issues and not shied away from being an activist. Starting her movie career at nine with the blockbuster Harry Potter series, as she turns 30, Watson revealed how 2019 was a tough year for her, while talking to activist Paris Lees for British Vogue. She opened up about how life changed in the last few months because of all her preconceived notions about how turning 30 was supposed to look like.
“I was like, ‘Why does everyone make such a big fuss about turning 30? This is not a big deal but cut to 29. and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I feel so stressed and anxious. And I realise it’s because there is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around. If you have not built a home, if you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby, and you are turning 30, and you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career, or you’re still figuring things out. There’s just this incredible amount of anxiety,” she said.
Ahead of her return to the screen in this December’s Little Women, the actor sat down with the fellow activist to reflect on her extraordinary journey so far. She tried to explain this feeling of being single even in this crucial phase of her life. “I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she continues. “I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy. I call it being self-partnered,” she said.
It wasn’t the first time that the Beauty and the Beast actor spoke about such sensitive matters. Previously, she has been at the forefront of MeToo movement and remarked that she feels optimistic about a “fairer future” for women courtesy the Time’s Up campaign.
On the first anniversary of the campaign, the actor had expressed her gratitude towards people who have been a part of the revolution. “From my sisters in the film industry to the activists and campaigners around the world who have supported us, I’ve been so inspired by the way people have reached out to each other, shared experiences and advice, and organised together as part of this movement for change. Gender equality can only become a reality if we harness the transformative power of solidarity across professions and across borders,” Watson wrote in an Instagram post.