Emma Watson Discusses Being Single, Turning 30 in “Vogue” Interview

In an interview for the December issue of British Vogue, for which she is also the cover star, Emma Watson discussed how her career has taken her from a child star portraying Hermione Granger to an activist for gender equity. Emma also discussed her upcoming role as Margaret “Meg” March in the upcoming adaptation of Little Women.

Although Emma doesn’t turn 30 until April, she explained that she initially didn’t understand why the milestone birthday was seen as so important.

I was like, ‘Why does everyone make such a big fuss about turning 30? This is not a big deal…’ Cut to 29, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I feel so stressed and anxious. And I realise it’s because there is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around. If you have not built a home, if you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby, and you are turning 30, and you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career, or you’re still figuring things out… There’s just this incredible amount of anxiety.

She stated that she also hadn’t believed in the idea of being happy being single, but that also changed.

I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel. I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.

Turning to her acting career, Emma also said that working on Little Women was nice because she had worked with fellow stars Laura Dern and Meryl Streep as an activist.

What was really nice about working with Laura Dern and Meryl Streep was that the three of us knew each other way before we did Little Women. We met in activist spaces, so we had this allyship and solidarity as activists that had been part of a certain movement before we ever worked together.

For more from Emma’s Vogue interview, you can watch the video below. You can also purchase the December issue of British Vogue, which will be on newsstands on November 8.



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Mary W.

I am a Slytherin, a lifelong fan of Harry Potter, and a member of MuggleNet staff since 2014. In my Muggle life, I am passionate about human rights, and I love to travel around the world and meet new people.