Emma Watson is the rare child star who managed to avoid being corrupted by fame or fortune. The “Harry Potter” alum reveals in a new interview with W that her refusal to accept her fame is likely what kept her down to earth.
“I lived in denial for as long as I possibly could. Until the age of 18, I would take the Oxford Tube, which is a public bus. Then it got to the point where the fact that I was on the bus would spread from one end to the other,” she says. “I’d think, Why am I doing this to myself? Ignoring fame was my rebellion, in a funny way. I was insistent on being normal and doing normal things. It probably wasn’t advisable to go to college in America and room with a complete stranger. And it probably wasn’t wise to share a bathroom with eight other people in a coed dorm. Looking back, that was crazy.”
Fortunately Watson has had the chance to live her life in a relatively normal manner. She confirms that she had her first kiss off-camera, and has always rebelled against showing off her feminine side.
“I’ve always been fascinated by Elizabeth Taylor, and I had read that her first kiss happened on a film set, which actually made me a little sad. You need to have normal experiences of your own,” Watson says. “I’ve never wanted to grow up too fast: I wanted to wear a sports bra until I was 22! The allure of being sexy never really held any excitement for me. I’ve never been in a terrible rush to be seen as a woman.”
Watson frequently reaffirms her love of America in the interview, and also admits that her longstanding celebrity crush is an American as well.
“My cinematic crush has been pretty much the same since I was 12: Kevin Costner. I met him in an elevator the other day, and I couldn’t even speak. He said hello, because he is lovely like that, and I couldn’t say anything back,” Watson says. “Kevin Costner is forever. And America too!”
As for her recent GQ cover‘s inspiration, Watson admits that the first movie she can remember seeing was “Pretty Woman.”