‘Any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud’: Emma Watson admits feeling ‘inadequate’ as an actress
She’s trying to carve herself a name away from the Harry Potter franchise with roles in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and The Bling Ring.
However with Hermione Granger firmly behind her, Emma Watson admits she’s convinced her ‘game’ is up as an actress.
She is now trying to carve a name for herself as an adult, serious actress with her new roles, but admits feeling ‘inadequate’ about her skills.
Grown up and moving on: Emma Watson pictured at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of The Bling Ring on May 16
In an interview with Rookie magazine, the 23-year-old said: ‘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.’
When she filmed the last Potter movie Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part II in 2010, she had lost confidence in herself as an actress.
It was only when she was cast as Sam in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by director Stephen Chbosky the following year, she began to rebuild her self-esteem.
She said: ‘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.’
She also admits she feels a ‘little constrained’ by her past role as Hermione Granger in the movies, making it difficult for her to move on.
Also she insisted that while she isn’t ‘complaining’ about the franchise which made her name, she does get sick of people constantly referencing the magic films.
As well as acting in non-Hermione roles, Emma admits she has a lot of ambitions, including to publish her writing, but she feels under pressure due to her huge fame.
She said: ‘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.’
Emma has been in Cannes this month promoting her latest film The Bling Ring, based on the true story of a teenage gang of burglers, who robbed the houses of celebrities, including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox.
In the film she plays a character called Nicki, which is closely based on one of the gang, Alexis Neiers, who served one month in prison after being convicted of burglary.
Meanwhile, Alexis has spoken out this week on what she thinks about Emma playing her in the movie.
She told The Sun: ‘I’m really happy Emma is playing me. I think she is a very talented actress and this will be a big change for her as I am definitely nothing like Hermione Granger. So it will be interesting.
‘But if I do have any concerns, it’s that I hope Emma “gets” me. I hope she realises what a troubled, broken little girl she is portraying and how that girl needs help. I hope she does not glamorise drugs or celebrity.’