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Old 08-12-2012, 11:59 PM
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Post Emma Watson talks moving on from Harry Potter with "Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Emma Watson recently chatted with Entertainment Weekly about transitioning from playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series to her first post-Potter starring role in the adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, out in theaters September 21.

Emma discussed how she approached her first go at the American accent, what author, screenwriter, and director Chbosky promised her about the feature, and bonding with her costars, including Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. That, including a new promo from the drama, and a small teaser about The Bling Ring, can be read below.


Emma Watson: I started as Emma with some Hermione still left in my system. I went through the tunnel [in Pittsburgh] and I came out ready to start something new.

Stephen Chbosky not only wrote the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower but he wrote the screenplay and directed the film, too. Thatís unusual.
Emma:
In terms of being true to the book, we couldnít fail. And thatís a relief. Itís always scary when you know how much something means to other people Ė you donít want to mess it up.

How did he persuade you to play Sam, a rebellious and popular high school girl?
Emma:
At our initial meeting, he said, "Okay, not only is this going to be one of the most important parts you play, youíre also going to have the summer of your life and meet some of your best friends." I thought, "Thatís quite a claim. Who is this guy?" [laughs] Everything he said came true.

Iím assuming it was a fun shoot?
Emma:
Who knew Pittsburgh was going to become one of my favourite places in the world? When I first arrived, I was like, "Oh my God, this is going to be awful Ė weíre here for seven weeks? Thereís nothing here!" And then it worked out perfectly. [The cast and crew] all lived together in a hotel, and all the rooms were connected. We ate together every night, played music and games. A lot of barriers come down when youíre living together.

How hard was it to master an American accent?
Emma:
Before I started on the movie, I lost a lot of sleep over it, I have to tell you. Iíve watched movies when actors donít get the accents spot-on, and it immediately takes you out of the moment. So I really felt like I had to get it right. I worked with an amazing voice coach, and we went through every single word and every single syllable and really hammered it.

You recently wrapped Sofia Coppolaís The Bling Ring, where you play a fame-obsessed teen who robs celebritiesí homes.
Emma:
Iím partly filled with dread and partly filled with excitement. Itís weird to play this crazy girl. If people find it difficult seeing me with an American accent, wait until they see this.
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While i eventually want to see Emma back in a heroine role, it's awesome that she is proving she can play all these different parts. While Sam in Perks may be different in a lot of ways from Emma and Hermione, it won't compare to how different her role in The Bling Ring will be. Her role in Bling Ring looks to be anti-Hermione, and even anti-Emma for that matter. Playing a character that is the total opposite of yourself can be quite challenging, but at the same time liberating I imagine.
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I am glad that Emma is moving on and proving to herself that she can handle different roles. She will always be my role model, but i will just have to accept that i will not see her as Hermione anymore, which is what Emma wants. I am excited to see Bling Ring and see what kind of fashion diva she can be XD. I am excited to hear her american accents because i know she has practiced hard and i will be on the lookout ;]
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If Dan could nail the accent, I'm sure Emma can as well.
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I’m partly filled with dread and partly filled with excitement. It’s weird to play this crazy girl.If people find it difficult seeing me with an American accent, wait until they see this.

That last line made me laugh I too will always love Emma as Hermione...but it will be awesome aeeing her in something that is completely opposite Hermione and Emma as Harry1985 said...yes I am excited to hear her American accent-Pittsburgh accent is very different than other East Coast accents so that in itself I am sure was not easy...as for Sam-trailer looks amazing!! it will be so funny seeing her in a non-fantasy role! but I am looking forward to all her post Potter roles same as Ruperts
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Yes very-my friends and I are looking forward to it, mostly because we are dying to see Emma's first post Potter role and the American accent
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I'm glad that Emma took on the role of Sam and that she's continuing with her acting career.
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