I wrote this today for 1 of 4 pieces of my Advanced News & Feature Portfolio. It’s a profile on the Harry Potter star, Emma Watson.
At 20 years old, after almost 11 years in the public eye, Emma Watson, the young star of Harry Potter is truly reaching for the stars, after it was announced that she to become the new face of French Beauty House, Lancôme. After leaving clues on her twitter, Watson finally ended her rhyming game with, “It starts with an L and ends with an E. I’m sure you have guessed the new face of Lancôme is me!” after the president of Lancôme international had announced that the actress will become their new ambassadress. This is just the tip of the iceberg for Watson though, who, out of the three main Harry Potter characters, has enjoyed the most success after playing Hermione Granger, away from the films set, but could things ever go wrong for the sensation?
Emma, who was born in Paris in 1990, had always been interested in performing arts after her familiy moved back to England when she was five years old. She attended Lynams School, the nursery school for the prestigious Dragon School in Oxford where she first showcased her talent by winning a poetry competition for her recital of The Sea by James Reeves. In 1999, when auditions for Harry Potter begun, casting agents found Emma through her Oxford theatre teacher. After eight auditions with producers of the film who were constantly impressed, Watson was told, along with Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, that they would play school friends, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
The first three films were released by 2004 and the lead actors faced heavy scrutiny in that time, however there was nothing but praise for Watson, The Daily Telegraph calling her ‘admirable’ while the New York Times boasted her performance as ‘touchingly earnest’. Watson and the other actors kept their studies going throughout the filming of Harry Potter, Watson mirroring her character Hermione’s educational talent as she went on to achieve straight A’s in her GCSE’s and A Level examination results. She expressed that after a gap year she wanted to carry on her eduction at a university in the United States, after declining to become a full-time actress, saying “People can’t understand why I don’t want to, but school life keeps me in touch with my friends. It keeps me in touch with reality.” She confirmed her choice of Brown University in Rhode Island for her studies in 2009, saying “I want to do it properly, like everyone else” but recently announced she is deferring her course for a semester or two through a personal message on her website. “I’ve had so much to juggle that being a student AND fulfilling my other commitments has become a little impossible” the actress wrote on 7th March, going on to say she wanted to finish her work for the last Harry Potter film that comes out in July of this year and concentrate on other projects.
Fashion has always played a huge part in Emma’s life starting after she became the youngest cover girl for Teen Vogue in 2005. In an interview with a blogger in 2008, she said, ‘I’ve been focusing on art a lot, and fashion’s a great extension of that” after the success of her GCSE’s had been revealed. As well as becoming the face of Burberry’s Autumn/Winter collection in 2009, and then returning with her little brother Alex to model the Spring/Summer 2010 line, Watson confirmed she was working with the Fair Trade fashion brand, People Tree. She became ‘creative advisor’ for the Spring line in 2010, saying “I think young people like me are becoming increasingly aware of the humanitarian issues surrounding fast fashion and want to make good choices but there aren’t many options out there.”
With a freed up schedule from deferring her studies in America and the end of Harry Potter looming, Miss Watson is now free to be the new face of Lancôme, following in the footsteps idol, Julia Roberts and other actresses Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet. The shooting for the campaign has begun in Paris with photographer Mario Testino, who Watson has worked with previously. It appears the star is unstoppable and destined for bigger things and everyone seems to be full of nothing but praise for the young woman, Youcef Nabi, president of Lancome saying, “Thanks to her charm, romanticism and her incredible modernity, Emma Watson has become the icon of her generation.”