Emma Watson: “I Don’t Deserve Any Of What I’ve Achieved”

Emma Watson is a successful actress – yet she says in a recent interview she still feels “inadequate”.

The 23-year-old told Rookie magazine, “It’s called the impostor syndrome. It’s almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I’m just going any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud, and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved. I can’t possibly live up to what everyone thinks I am and what everyone’s expectations of me are.”

Emma credits The Perks Of Being A Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky for giving her the confidence to shake off her Hermione image.

“After Harry Potter I didn’t feel very confident in myself as an actor. It’s lucky that I’ve improved that now, but back then I needed someone to believe in me, and Stephen really did.”

Emma also said she would love to write a book.

She revealed, “I almost feel like I would have to publish it under another name – just because there’s a definition of me out there that feels kind of stuck in the moment when it was formed. I was 15 or 16 then, and I’m now 23.

“I’m not complaining, because people really have given me permission to evolve and have been very supportive of my work outside of Harry Potter. So I don’t feel too suffocated in that sense. But sometimes I’ve felt a little constrained by that idea of who I’m meant to be.”

Asked about returning to Brown University this fall – Watson shares she likes to go to college because, “I really like the fact that it has a very open curriculum, that there aren’t any requirements. Really, I’ve kind of been in charge of my own education since I started out on Potter when I was 9 or 10, and I liked that I could design my own major if I wanted to, and I could take independent studies if I wanted to on subjects that weren’t necessarily in the curriculum. I did an independent study on the psychology and philosophy of how and why we fall in love, which was awesome.”

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  1. chris

    Way to cut off half of the actual conversation that was before the syndrone quote. What lazy writing!

  2. Christian Alejandro

    She’s talented and just being modest.

  3. Arlene S.

    She’s brilliant, talented and beautiful, which is more than we can say for some of her peers. I hope she continues to be amazing!

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