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The Bling Ring’s Emma Watson advised by University Professor to quit acting

05 August 2013

She can currently be seen as Nicki in The Bling Ring and as herself in This Is the End, Emma Watson has revealed that a university professor advised her to quit acting.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the Harry Potter star admitted that she was affected by questions in the media about whether she could sustain a career after the end of the franchise revealing "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. 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."

Explaing that she was "unsure" about continuing to act post-Potter until she read the script for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Watson added "Falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me, I stopped intellectualising 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."

Watson returns to cinemas with Darren Aronofsky's biblical adventure Noah alongside Logan Lerman which arrives in cinemas in March next year.

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