WHY IS SHE FAMOUS
Emma Watson has achieved worldwide fame as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series. "I could be 100 years old and in my rocker,” she says, “but I'll still be very proud that I was part of the Harry Potter films." And though the actress wants to concentrate on school now that she's done filming the Potterseries, she's making a foray into fashion. As the face of Burberry's 2009 Fall/Winter and 2010 Spring/Summer campaigns and the subject of many a fashion article, Watson has been photographed by the world’s top fashion photographers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Nick Knight, and Patrick Demarchelier. In 2011, she became the new face for Lancome.
We've gotta love a gal who is so successful and loyal to a film franchise. And it's not just us, evidently, who have taken a liking to this British beauty. Emma Watson made several lad mag sexy lists in the last few years, including Maxim's Hot 100, and she has already appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue three times. While the attention from the guys and teens is nice, those at the helm of international style are taking notice as well. Not only has she been photographed by Chanel head Karl Lagerfeld for French magazineCrash, but Watson also starred in Burberry's 2009 Fall/Winter and 2010 Spring/Summer campaigns.
Christopher Bailey, the creative director of Burberry, says: “Having known and admired the lovely Emma Watson for quite some time, she was the obvious choice for this campaign which, like the images she fronts, has a classic beauty, a great character and a modern edge… Emma’s charm, intellect and brilliant sense of fun made the whole shoot feel like a picnic on the Thames.”
Emma Watson hasn't worked on very many projects outside of theHarry Potter franchise, but that hasn't hurt her bank account. She continuously makes appearances on magazine lists dedicated to the richest young stars, including coming in at No. 6 on theForbes' list of "Most Valuable Young Stars." The Harry Potter films have given Watson a comfy financial cushion of over £10 million, meaning her Brown University attendance - she's in her third year - has been student-loan free. “Let’s be honest," says Watson. "I have enough money never to have to work again, but I would never want that. Learning keeps me motivated.” We definitely admire her frankness.
EMMA WATSON BIOGRAPHY
You'd never guess that Emma Watson spent the first five years of her life in Paris, thanks to her upper-crust British accent. When her parents, both British lawyers working in France, divorced in 1995, Watson moved with her mother Jacqueline and younger brother, Alex, to Oxfordshire, England. While growing up, the aspiring actress learned to sing, dance and act at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
Emma Watson Gets Cast In Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's StoneEmma Watson starred in a number of school plays from age six to nine, but no films of the Hollywood variety. In fact, she had no films at all on her resume. When casting began for the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Watson's theater teacher directed casting agents to the budding actress. Eight auditions later, Watson, along with her then-future cast mates Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, landed the leading roles that would soon change the course of their lives. Sure, that might sound cliche, but when you're nine years old and you star in the highest grossing film of the year, life takes you by the hand and says, "Guess what, you're not going to be like anyone else you've known up until this point. Take a mental picture now and brace yourself."
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone went on to make $975 million worldwide and became one of the most lucrative movies of all time. Watson reclaimed her role as bookworm Hermione forHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 (2010 and 2011, respectively). How many people get to watch not only themselves but their character grow up on camera?
Emma Watson And Teen Vogue
Along the way, Emma Watson has been featured on the cover ofTeen Vogue a total of three times, acted with luminaries like Richard Harris and Gary Oldman and has become a regular on the talk show circuit.
Emma Watson In Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
After lending her voice to the animated flick The Tale of Despereaux, which costarred Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver and Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson began Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which came out in July of 2009. Prior to the opening of The Half-Blood Prince, the Potter flicks had already taken in over $4.5 billion worth of ticket sales.
Emma Watson Finishes Filming The Harry Potter Series
Emma Watson wrapped up filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which was released in 2010, and the upcomingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which will be released in summer 2011. Post-Potter, Watson attended Brown University, where she appeared in the role of Irina in the University production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
Emma Watson And Burberry
Emma Watson is remaining in the limelight, and not just becauseHarry Potter films will be in theaters through 2011. Watson starred in Burberry's 2009 Fall/Winter and 2010 Spring/Summer campaigns, shot by none other than world-renowned photographer Mario Testino.
Gaining more and more attention as a style icon, Watson, whose favorite brand is Chanel, became a fashion favorite. The actress had the opportunity to meet house's head honcho, the eccentric Karl Lagerfeld, when he photographed her for Crash magazine in 2009. "I'd met Karl a few times before, at parties or something where we really couldn't talk," says Watson. "But this was a dream come true." Yes, she gets to call him "Karl."
Emma Watson, The Ethical Designer
The actress has also added the title of creative adviser to her resume, working closely with organic and fair trade pioneer People Tree to help founder Safia Minney develop a teenage range for the Spring/Summer 2010 collection. She also collaborated with the company on their Spring/Summer collection for 2011.
Continuing to embrace the idea of an ethical designer even further, Emma Watson launched a new collection in conjunction with Alberta Ferretti in 2011. The collection, named Pure Threads, is an environmentally-friendly line of bohemian dresses, lace-embroidered denim and '70s blouses inspired by Jane Birkin. U.S.Vogue even featured an article on Watson's new endeavor.
Watson is continuing to widen her fashion presence as the new face for Lancome.
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