Emma Watson turned herself into a walking headline in October 2010 when she decided to chop off her hair, bewildering fans and potential suitors.
As Watson graces Glamour’s October cover, the 22-year-old star of Perks of Being a Wallflower discusses her dramatic new look – and why she doesn't regret making the decision.
Emma Watson will star in the upcoming Perks of Being a Wallflower (splashnews.com)
"If I had it my way, I would have just kept it short forever," the petite brunette star tells magazine. "Of course, men like long hair. There's no two ways about it. The majority of the boys around me were like, 'Why did you do that? That's such an error.' And I was like, 'Well, honestly, I don't really care what you think!' I've never felt so confident as I did with short hair -- I felt really good in my own skin."
Watson, who was raised in front of the entire world as one of the stars of the über successful Harry Potter film franchise, says her fashion style is often a victim of criticism as well.
"When I was younger, I used to do it all myself, but I've had to get help because it's gotten to a stage where I can't show up in my Converses or whatever I bought from High Street [in London]," the actress says of now working with a stylist. "And just practically, these gowns are ridiculous. You're being photographed from every angle, so not only do you have to consider how the thing looks, but whether you're going to be able to sit in it and whether people are going to be able to see up your skirt."
Even though Watson has been surrounded by cameras her whole life, she’s still getting used to those intimate moments being documented and seeing by the public.
Exhibit A: Her makeout session with Brown University student Will Adamowicz at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California back in April.
"My friend got me tickets for my birthday, and what am I going to say? No, I'm not going to go, because I don't want to be photographed? But it was a huge crowd, and I thought there was no way anyone could get pictures of me, but somehow they found me," says Watson, who is still with Adamowicz. "It's difficult on my dating life, because anyone I get photographed with is automatically my boyfriend. So it just makes it look as if I've had, like, 6,000 boyfriends!"
But putting her much publicized love life to the side, the actress is excited to show her fans a different side of her in the upcoming film Perks of Being a Wallflower, based on the 1999 novel by Stephen Chbosky.
"Making this movie was so pivotal for me because I realized I do really want to be an actress, which wasn't something I fully knew, since Harry Potter was such a singular experience," Watson tells the magazine. "Obviously I'm nervous to see what other people think, but it kind of doesn't matter to me. It's so cheesy to say this, but it's the journey, not the end goal, that's important."
Perks of Being a Wallflower will be released in theatres Sept. 21.
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