Emma Watson Talks About Watching Reality TV To Prepare For ‘The Bling Ring’


Emma Watson’s upcoming movie The Bling Ring hits theatres next month and we’ve seen lots of promo featuring the actress. Truth is, she only has a small role in the movie, but that role is based on a very interesting real-life character, Alexis Neiers. I know a few of you PITNBrs are familiar with this girl and the reality show she had (hai ClaireMichelle, hai EAW) but I’m just now learning about Pretty Wild… which kinda has me curious for more. Emma Watson recently spoke to Rookie Magazine about watching the show to prepare for the role. Click inside to learn more!

E! has some excerpts from the interview:

Doing research for a role can be tough.

The sweet and innocent Emma Watson had to step out of her comfort zone for her role in Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring, where she plays a character inspired by reality star Alexis Neiers, so she decided to do her research: Watch Neiers in her reality show, Pretty Wild.

But it wasn’t the best of times for Watson.

During an interview with Rookie magazine, the actress was asked, “Have you heard from her [Neiers] about the film or anything?”

Watson responded, “No, I haven’t. To be fair to Alexis, [my character] is like three steps removed from who she might be in real life. A lot of the material in the movie was based on an article, which was based on a reality show, which we all know isn’t real life. I wasn’t trying to impersonate her—she just inspired the character. I watched Pretty Wild so many times to try and get her into my brain, though. It gave me anxiety. How do you watch it?”

Those shows have a way of sucking you in, Emma.

Although the star was never approached by Neiers, the new mom definitely gave her two cents on the flick via Twitter.

“@AmyKinLA it’s trashy and inaccurate,” Neiers, who spent 30 days in jail for her role in burglarizing Orlando Bloom’s house back in 2009, tweeted to Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman.

“Based on Detective Goodkin and Nancy Joe Sales inaccurate information,” Neiers continued on Twitter. “2 people who are everything they accused us of being. Celebrity status obsessed, fame & money hungry. The truth will come out soon enough and I have no intention of seeing this film,” she concluded.

Whoo! Sounds like someone’s got beef with this movie! But here’s the thing though. I’m sooo distracted right now because PITNBr ClaireMichelle posted this YouTube video that I cannot stop watching. LMAOOOoooo. And, somehow, sadly… I totally remember watching this at some point! Agh!

Yes, Emma. I can see how doing your research for this role would have been difficult. Seriously. How do you watch this (I ask, as I’m watching it)?!?!



But seriously. The rest of Emma’s interview is HERE at Rookie Magazine. And The Bling Ring hits theatres June 14th! I am not still watching that video, BTW.

[Source] [Photo Credit: Wenn]

  • Carl

    OMG that clip was priceless. Never heard of this show, or this girl, but wow….I love it. Is #TWENTYNINEDOLLARS the new “Where’s the Cytron card BILLYYYYYY?!?!”?? I suppose it could be allowed for the summer.

    • Shannon

      Carl, ‘Is #TWENTYNINEDOLLARS the new “Where’s the Cytron card BILLYYYYYY?!?!”??’ — LMAO! OMG, yes. And I’m now hearing it in Quinn’s voice, which is great. Sigh. I miss ‘Scandal’ already…

  • ClaireMichelle


    I somehow feel better about watching that clip on repeat knowing that Emma Watson has also watched and studied it. And Ms. Neiers needs to stop pretending like she isn’t LOVING the fact that Emma Watson is portraying her in a movie. It has to be, like, her dream come true?!

    • ClaireMichelle

      Also, thanks for all the love on this post, Shannon! I’m glad we can all bond over the ridiculousness of Pretty Wild and anticipation of the Bling Ring!

    • Shannon

      ClaireMichelle, no. Thank YOU <3

  • KMarie

    Per Nancy Jo Sales’ book, The Bling Ring and several media outlets, Alexis Neiers was a paid consultant on the movie. It’s interesting that she is denying the approval of the movie but behind the scenes, she helped make it.

  • Joan

    I laugh a little every time Emma talks about “her character” —more often than not, she doesn’t have a lot of good things to say— because I automatically picture this girl, Alexis, reading it. Ha!

  • ashley81614

    I remember discovering this show on Netflix. It was one giant train wreck I couldn’t (or wouldn’t, whatever) stop watching. Beyond hilarious, I recommend it if you’re having a bad day :)