Emma Watson: Professor Told Me To Quit Acting
Former Harry Potter star opens up about her crisis of confidence...
The 23-year-old star of The Bling Ring admitted in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that she had been affected by questions in the media about whether she could sustain an acting career after the films.
She explained: "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. So I was really grappling with it and wasn't feeling good about it."
But she revealed that she got over her crisis of confidence by deciding to show her doubters what she was made of.
"And then, I don't know... it got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started pissing me off. I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way. I'm not sure why that shift happened."
Em-Wat credited the script for her "comeback" movie The Perks Of Being A Wallflower with inspiring her to return to film.
"Falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me.
"I stopped intellectualising 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."