Emma Watson became a household name after portraying the role of Hermoine Granger in the highly-successful “Harry Potter” franchise and garnered a plethora of fans at such a young age. But now, the actress is opening up on how she underwent years of therapy following her high-profile role.
Speaking with British Vogue, the 29-year-old actress revealed how she felt unworthy of herself even after becoming so famous at the age of 11 when she was picked to play the iconic character from a crowd at school.
Watson revealed that there is a dark side to it and she knew this because she has experienced it. The “Little Women” star admitted that she had a bizarre childhood and felt really guilty about it while sitting in the numerous therapy sessions.
The actress also confessed that someone else would have enjoyed all of it more than me. “I am like, why me? Somebody else would have enjoyed and wanted this aspect of it more than I did. And I have struggled a lot with the guilt around that,” Watson said.
The star further added that she struggled a lot through her younger days whereas she should have enjoyed it by being more excited about what she has got.
When asked how did she manage to cope up with such situations, the “Beauty and the Beast” star revealed that she went to her parents and told them everything she was experiencing. Watson turned to her family, parents Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, to keep her grounded after she felt “disconnected” from her loved ones.
She explained that there were moments when she felt that the stress was getting really big and she was getting disconnected from everything and everyone she loved. She also recalled the anxiety she used to feel when she thought about being separated from her friends and family.
“It got so big that I felt I disconnected, and part of the peace within myself is remembering my identity. ” Watson shared. The situation got so bad that she had to ask her parents if they even feel that she is their daughter.
Watson concluded by confessing that she still feels really bad that she could not enjoy the limelight like she wanted to. “I am someone’s daughter, I am a sister. I belong to a family. I come from a place, I have roots,” Watson noted.
Next year will mark 20 years since Watson and her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were cast as the iconic trio of characters in J.K. Rowling’s film adaptation.
Meanwhile, Watson is gearing up for the release of her upcoming movie “Little Women” alongside Meryl Streep and Saoirse Ronan. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2019.