Following the completion of the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson had considered throwing in the towel and quitting her acting career.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 23-year-old got candid regarding her doubts about returning to the industry and revealed that others influenced her to try and pursue different career paths.
"For a while I kind of bought into the hype of, ‘Will they ever be able to play anything else?’ It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while," Emma told the magazine. "And then a professor told me that they didn’t think I should act, either. So I was really grappling with it and wasn’t feeling good about it. And then, I don’t know. … It got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started pissing me off. I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way. I’m not sure why that shift happened."
In 2009, Emma did step out of the limelight when she enrolled in Brown University, but took time off from her studies two years later to help promote the final Harry Potter film.
“I had no idea what I wanted. I had no idea who I was really. So I wanted to step away and make sure this is what I wanted to pour my life and my energy and my blood, sweat, and tears into.”
Ultimately Emma’s decision to remain an actress was a wise choice. After the Harry Potter movies were finished, she landed major roles in the hit films My Week with Marilyn, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, and This is the End.
This fall, the Hollywood starlet plans to return to Brown to complete her education.
Keep up the great work, Emma!