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March 22, 2017 5:43 pm

Starring in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast was apparently a fairy tale come true for Emma Watson.

During a recent press conference for the film, the 26-year-old actor told the Irish Independent that she felt fortunate to have already had the privilege to play two of her fictional role models — Belle and Hermione Granger.

“I think that I just feel really lucky. For me, Belle was my childhood heroine; [the animated original] came out two days after I was born,” she said. “And then, in my early teens, it was about idolising Hermione. So to be given the chance to play my two childhood idols is probably a very unique and rare experience for an actress.”

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Watson also spoke about how she feels she has grown personally and professionally since the completion of the Harry Potter series.

“I think I came out of [Beauty and the Beast] with more confidence, with more skills. And more belief in myself,” she said. “Because when I came off Potter and decided to go to university, that wasn’t a career decision the people I worked with were pleased about. But I kind of… I try to stay true to whatever whisper I’m getting from myself and I hope that will see me through. That’s all I can do really. Otherwise, if I don’t listen to myself, I’d feel a bit lost in it all.”

This article originally appeared in TIME.

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