Actress didn't dream of stardom

Emma Watson admits she was never a very ambitious actress when she started out.

The pretty starlet hadn’t acted professionally before she landed the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films aged 9 so she wasn’t that confident about her career.

I’d done two tiny plays when I was, like, 6 and 8, but I wasn’t driven to act,’ says Emma, 23.

I wasn’t doing Oscar acceptance speeches into a hairbrush. I took a Beanie Baby to my first Harry Potter audition.’

Emma‘s lack of experience outside the hugely popular franchise meant she found it ‘really intimidating’ to know what to do after the last film was released in 2011.

Instead of focusing on acting, the British star enrolled at Brown University in Rhode Island and didn’t receive scripts for a year but is now balancing her studies with making new movies.

After Harry Potter, all that mattered was university,’ Emma tells Sunday Times Style.

I didn’t even know if I wanted to be an actress.

It took me a year or two to find my confidence. You can see that by the choices I’m making, from Sofia Coppola [The Bling Ring], then jumping to a biblical epic [Noah].

There are no restrictions on me, which is a relief.’

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Anna Francis