Emma Watson Will Take A Break From Acting To Focus On Feminism And Herself

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Booyah. Kickass actress and activist Emma Watson will take a break from the big screen after her appearances in The Circle and Beauty And The Beast, to basically read a shit ton. She plans to focus on feminism and her “own personal development.” She told famous feminist author bell hooks, who interviewed her for Paper Magazine, “My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club. I’m doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own.”  Don’t you wish you could do that? Emma also thought about taking a gender studies class, but decided against it. She feels she’ll get more from dialogues with people.

“I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies. Then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading.” I don’t know, gender studies classes are pretty rad, but I’m sure Emma will learn a ton on her own. “I actually wanted to keep on the path that I’m on. I’m reading a lot this year, and I want to do a lot of listening.” How can you not love this woman? The U.N. Goodwill Ambassador will actually start her own feminist book club this year called Our Shared Self. Where do I sign up? 

Emma told Paper how much feminism has helped her. “I’m on my journey with this and it might change, but I can tell you that what is really liberating and empowering me through being involved in feminism is that so much of the self-critiquing is gone.” I have to say it’s really inspiring to see a Hollywood star step away from making millions to work on self improvement and education. That is not something we see everyday, and it’s really refreshing. I think Emma wants more for her life than just superstardom. Although, she’s already done so much with her HeForShe campaign in 2014. It’s great when people with influence really work to make change in society.

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  • Denise

    My impression was that Emma was going to do “The Queen Of The Tearling” book to movie adaptations with David Heyman, but Heyman was yanked away to produce the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” trilogy, leaving Watson apparently with plenty of time to read books and pretend like this break from acting was something that she really wanted to happen.