The Harry Potter star has revealed the reason for her break from cinema in 2018 when she filmed the adaptation of Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’.
Emma Watson has not acted since December 2018, the date on which she concluded filming Little Women. Greta Gerwig’s adaptation was the last audiovisual project in which the actress participated and since then she has not been seen on screen again.
In fact, considering that the Harry Potter star is not linked to any future film or television projects, her acting hiatus will have accumulated a total of five years when 2023 ends.
Many doubts have arisen on this issue and although her fans continue to miss her, she knows that “she is not very happy” with the profession she has held until now, and it does not seem clear whether she still wants to return.
In an interview featured in the Financial Times, actress Ella Watson candidly discussed her departure from the realm of acting. She revealed, “To be completely honest, I wasn’t content. It seems I felt somewhat confined.”
Ella went on to describe the challenge she faced in promoting projects over which she had limited influence. She recounted the discomfort of standing in the spotlight during movie premieres, facing probing questions from journalists who probed, “How does this align with your personal beliefs?” She confessed, “It became exceedingly taxing to serve as the public face and spokesperson for endeavors in which I couldn’t actively participate.”
“As time passed,” Watson continued, “I found myself grappling with an increasing sense of frustration. I was being held responsible in a manner that left me feeling disempowered and voiceless.” She added, “I came to the realization that I yearned for projects where, if subjected to criticism, I could respond without self-loathing, saying, ‘Yes, I made a mistake. It was my decision, and I should have done better.'”
Will Emma Watson return?
Emma Watson’s career began when she was a child, playing Hermione Granger in all eight films of the Harry Potter saga. After she came feature films such as Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Regression, The Bling Ring, and the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, among others.
The last role she played was Meg March in the most recent adaptation of Little Women, which earned six Oscar nominations, including best picture. Along with her, the cast was completed by Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep.
As for the possibility of returning to the world of acting, she is clear. “Yes, absolutely,” she said. “But I’m happy to sit back and wait for the next right thing. I love what I do. It’s about finding a way to do it where I don’t have to divide myself into different faces and people. And I don’t want to switch to robot mode anymore.