Emma Watson
Actress Emma Watson arrives at the Elle Style Awards in London, Feb. 18, 2014. Reuters/Paul Hackett

Emma Watson spoke about how she felt about being a child actress and her need to separate her personal life from that of the characters she plays on screen, in a recent interview with Elle magazine.

The 23-year-old actress, who stars in the upcoming film “Noah” along with Russell Crowe and has spent more than half her life working in Hollywood, revealed that there was something about her peers that she envies.

“There are all these actresses who have emerged in the last year or two, and they get to emerge as this complete human being. And I’m so jealous!” Watson reportedly said.

Watson told the magazine that having a life beyond the entertainment industry has always been her priority, and recalled reading about Elizabeth Taylor that “She had her first kiss in character. On a movie set.”

“It really struck me. I don’t know how or why, but I had this sense that if I wasn’t really careful, that could be me. That my first kiss could be in somebody else’s clothes. And my experiences could all belong to someone else,” Watson added.

Watson took a break from the spotlight, following the successful conclusion of the “Harry Potter” franchise, to continue her education at Oxford and Brown universities.

She has appeared in the 2011 British drama, "My Week With Marilyn," and 2013's "This Is the End.” She has also acted in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "The Bling Ring.”

Watson, who plays Noah’s daughter, Ila, in Darren Aronofsky’s epic that is slated for a March 23 release, told the magazine about the movie: “It’s Shakespearean, what happens to this family when they’re put in this confined space for 40 days and 40 nights.”

“It’s the end of the world – how these different human beings are dealing with the impact of that. Are humans good? Are we bad? All of these themes are epic.”

According to reports, Aronofsky has also been praising Watson's work, saying: “We started off with one of Emma’s hardest scenes. We shot in Iceland on a beach with an extremely difficult weather situation.”

“The force of the wind—we could barely hear the actors. The sun kept coming in and out. We had to wait for the right light, then, Go, go, go! Then, Wait, wait, wait! She was able to block out all those ridiculous external forces and just focus on the emotion at hand,” he reportedly said.