Once upon a time there were two little girls living in England. Both were kind, full of energy, and eager to please, and had a charming habit of telling people what to do.
One was named Hermione Granger, the other Emma Watson. â€œIf I’m honest, I was her,â€ says Watson. â€œI was very keen. I was super-eager to please and be good.
And I was always kind of bossy.â€ At age 11, Hermione was so bright and winning that she was selected to go to Hogwarts, the famous school for magic in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
At age nine, Emma was so bright and winning that she was chosen from tens of thousands of girls to play Hermione in the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Ten yearsâ€”and a $5.4 billion movie franchiseâ€”later, Watson was in 2009 the highest-paid actress in Hollywood and has found herself in a place even stranger than anything Rowling could have dreamed up: Brown University.
â€œIt was just awful,â€ she recalls thinking at first, during freshman week. â€œI was like, I must be mad.
Why am I doing this?â€ And what was with all the party-hearty stuff? She nervously attended her first frat party, hoping she might get into the swing of things. â€œI felt like I’d walked into an American teen movie.
The full interview is in the June issue of Vanity Fair, on sale now