GQ’s May cover girl Emma Watson might hate “amoral” characters, but she has no problem playing them on the silver screen.
The 22-year-old actress channeled her latest character, Nicki, from the Sofia Coppola film “The Bling Ring,” whom she calls “superficial” and “vain,” in a sultry photo shoot for the May issue of the men’s magazine. For the cover shoot, Watson donned a stomach-bearing outfit nearly identical to the one Julia Roberts wore in “Pretty Woman.” She also sported neon plastic bangles, hoop earrings and multiple tattoos.
But despite her sexy new image on the GQ cover, Watson has no plans to emulate Nicki in real life. "When I read the script and I realized that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it's become to our society, I had to do it," Watson told the magazine. "The character is everything that I felt strongly against - she's superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She's all of these things and I realized that I hated her.”
“How do you play someone you hate?” Watson asked. “But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job, or my role as an actress, could be."
“The Bling Ring” is loosely based on the true story of a group of wealthy teenagers, known as the “Hollywood Hills Burglars,” who robbed the homes of celebrities including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan. Nancy Jo Sales, who wrote about the string of robberies in a feature for Vanity Fair, called the crimes "completely unprecedented in the history of Hollywood."
While Watson said that she detested her character, she said that the film was an opportunity for her to stretch herself as an actress. "Really I was open-minded about doing anything, but the one thing I didn't want to do was get myself into a corset because I was worried I'd never get out again," she said. "I knew it would be a really comfortable thing to do, but I felt … I had to dive into something really different. This has been a really big departure for me; it's a really big character. That's so exciting for me because it meant I was really acting."
But although Watson has an expressed desire to step out of the shadow of her "Harry Potter" character, Hermione, she's demonstrated caution about the roles she takes on. After her name was bandied around as a possible candidate for the upcoming adaptation of "50 Shades of Grey," Watson took to Twitter to dispel the rumors. "Who here actually thinks I would do '50 Shades of Grey' as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life," Watson tweeted. "Good. Well that's sorted then."
Watson co-stars in the film, which is set to hit theaters on June 14, with Leslie Mann and Israel Broussard. View the official trailer for “The Bling Ring” below.