Emma Watson was given the advice to quit acting. Her university professor at Worcester College, Oxford gave her that advice after she spent time contemplating her career as an actress.
The 23-year-old brunette’s fame is attributed to her role in Harry Potter as Hermione Granger in ‘Harry Potter’ series. But after that much success, Watson began to doubt the future of her acting career.
During an Entertainment Weekly magazine interview, Watson stated: “For a while I kind of bought into the hype of, ‘Will they ever be able to play anything else?’ It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while. And then a professor told me that they didn’t think I should act, either.”
“I basically took two years out and stepped as away from it as I could,” Watson said during an interview with Total Film Magazine. “I took time to really try and figure out who I was and what I wanted to do.”
But after reviewing the script for the movie ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, Watson felt inspiration and encouragement to return to the film industry.
She explained: “I was really unsure, but then I read the script for ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, and falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me.
“I stopped intellectualizing it, and it became much more instinctual. I just got the bug and got very driven all of a sudden, which I really wasn’t before. But I’m so happy. It’s all felt very new to me, really.”