Emma Watson is the bona-fide British babe that first got everyone's attention when she starred as Harry Potter's best friend Hermione Granger, the frizzy haired know-it-all.
The world collectively fell in <3 with little Hermione, and watched Emma Watson grow into an adult in the process of the films.
"[I've] spent more than half of my life pretending to be someone else." she said. "While my contemporaries were dyeing their hair and figuring out who they were, I was figuring out who Hermione was and how best to portray her. Now at 25, for the first time in my life, I feel like I have a sense of self that I'm comfortable with."
"This Emma is "my most authentic self. I don't want there to be a big separation between the public and the private person. It's definitely the harder road to tread but without a doubt, ultimately the most rewarding. It sounds like a ridiculous thing to say, but I'm very interested in truth, in finding ways to be messy and unsure and flawed and incredible and great and my fullest self, all wrapped into one. When you watch the work of someone like actress Emma Thompson, you feel like you're seeing something true, and I aspire to that."
Respect Em. She also hits the nail on the head on some of the ridiculous standards women have to live up to when it comes to dressing, explaining she is DONE with dressing in things that are just plain old uncomfortable.
"When I was younger, I remember being told 'no pain no gain,' but recently my willingness to wear something that makes me freezing cold or that I can't walk in has changed," she says. "I want to feel fabulous and comfortable and sexy and strong and beautiful. And if it's making you uncomfortable, don't do it. It's so sad if you need to go home just because you need to sit down! Moving forward, I'm prioritizing just feeling awesome."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.au