Emma Watson’s comments on her “private identity” are so relatable and important

When it comes to celebs we admire, we want to know where they shop, what they eat, and all about their quirky habits, which means they’re doing the job of connecting with the public extremely well. But Emma Watson discussed her “private identity” with Interview, and her relatable and extremely important comments reinforces the importance of respecting people’s right to not share every single detail with the public.

As the Beauty and the Beast star explained to the mag, drawing a hard line between her personal and public lives (for example, Watson doesn’t take selfies with fans) helps to keep the focus on her artistry.

"So the story of my life has been of public interest, which is why I’ve been so passionate about having a private identity," she said. "When I step into a character, people have to be able to suspend their disbelief; they have to be able to divorce me from that girl. And not having everyone know every single intimate detail of my entire life is part of me trying to protect my ability to do my job well."

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We feel ya on that one, Emma. We’ve already seen how Watson utilizes her stellar acting skills to breathe life into an array of characters, and we wouldn’t want her work to suffer at the hands of some petty distractions, now would we?

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“I know that I’m under a different microscope, a certain level of scrutiny, which I find really hard at times,” she said. Watson also admitted to feeling extremely overwhelmed by “the fear of doing things” but says she refuses to let it confine her.

“But I know that if I live in that fear, then my life as an artist, as a human being, really, is over,” she said. “Ultimately, it will silence me, and it will silence what is in me — which I have yet to explore and uncover.”

Regardless of her professional success and fame, Watson is still a regular person who has the right to establish boundaries, and expecting people to respect what she chooses to share certainly isn’t too much to ask.

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