Emma Watson admits she was in denial about how easy it would be to slip anonymously into US college life when she joined prestigious Brown University a couple of years ago. She says having the “Harry Potter” label over her has been hard, making it difficult to get a date. But she denies that she was ever bullied in college.
“I was in denial. I wanted to pretend I wasn’t as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I’m in and what happened.”
The position she’s in is Hermione Grainger, the biggest female star of the most successful movie franchise in the world. The “Harry Potter” movies may be coming to an end next month with the release of the eighth and final movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” but Watson has plenty more work planned. She is the new face of Lancome, and is set to star in the big screen adaptation of the angst-ridden teen novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
Watson took a break from college this spring. However, she has vowed to complete her degree, just not at Brown, even though her departure had nothing to do with alleged bullying.
“It made me so sad when all this stuff came out that I left Brown because I was being bullied. It made no sense at all. Brown has been the opposite. I’ve never even been asked for an autograph on campus. I threw a party for nearly 100 students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook,” Watson said. “Anyway, even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn’t going to wuss out of university because someone said ‘Wingardium leviosa’ to me in a corridor, or ‘Ten points for Gryffindor.’ I’ve been dealing with the media since I was nine. If I can’t stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it’s a bit pathetic, really. I’ve had so much worse.”
So, bullying might not have been a problem for Emma Watson, but she admits that dating has!
“I say to my friends, ‘Why hasn’t X called me? Why doesn’t anyone ever pursue me?’ They’re like, ‘Probably because they’re intimidated.’ It must be the fame wall. It must be the circus that goes around me. Me, as a person, I find it hard to believe I would be intimidating.”
Watson says that unfortunately, there are also the guys who, when feeling intimidated, try to knock her down. “They know perfectly well who I am, but they’ll ask me, ‘How are the ‘Narnia’ films going?’” Watson sighs.
Consequently, she is single right now.