Why did Emma Watson almost quit acting? The Bling Ring star is known for transcending Hollywood stereotypes, even attending college during her formative years. So why was Watson so “unsure” after starring in all of the Harry Potter films?

Watson opened up to Entertainment Weekly about almost quitting after all of the HP films had wrapped. “I was really unsure. But then I read the script for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me,” Watson said about her decision to keep acting. “I stopped intellectualizing it, and it became much more instinctual. I just got the bug and got very driven all of a sudden, which I really wasn’t before. But I’m so happy. It’s all felt very new to me, really.”

Emma Watson and Seth Rogen Emma Watson with This is the End co-star Seth Rogen.

Watson has obviously managed to branch out since Harry Potter, with star-making roles in The Bling Ring and My Week with Marilyn, but, initially, all the HP hype made Watson question the longevity of her career. “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.”

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“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,” Watson admitted to EW. “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.”

Emma Watson Emma Watson promoting The Bling Ring in Cannes.

“I wanted to make a conscious adult decision that this was what I wanted to pursue, because that decision was made for me as a nine-year-old,” Watson confessed about her choice to continue acting. “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.”

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