If you know me at all, then you already know that I have been a die-hard PotterHead since I was about 10 years old. I love all things Harry Potter and I've day-dreamed of being Hermione Granger far too many times. She was smart, she was courageous, she was sensitive, and I absolutely loved her. More than my love for Hermione Granger though, is my love for Emma Watson. Much like her character in the Harry Potter series, Emma Watson is intelligent, outspoken, and wise beyond her years. Especially after her recent speech at the UN, I thought I would put together a short list of reasons why I love Emma Watson.
(1) She's Educated: I'll just be frank. A lot of child stars do not take their education seriously. I mean, I get it ... they already have millions. But I'm still of the belief that there is no substitute for a well rounded, educated individual. Emma Watson not only continued her education after completing Harry Potter, but she did so at a world renowned Ivy League university. She has an eagerness to learn that far too many child actors lack. This is probably one of the qualities that I respect the most about her.
(2) She's Stunning: Yes, yes, everyone is beautiful in their own way ... but Emma Watson is stunning. It's always in an almost effortless way. I understand that she's a celebrity and so there is probably a team of people whose only job is to make her look beautiful, but still ... there's something about her. She almost reminds me of a modern day Audrey Hepburn. So classic, chic, and stunning ALL THE TIME.
(3) She Understands Feminism: This is a big one for me, especially in light of semi-recent statements by other questionable people in Hollywood (ahem Shailene Woodley). I'm not even going to get into the issue of why gender-equality is important. I think before we can even get to that, we need people to educate themselves and brief themselves on what the word 'feminism' means before they speak on it. It is not a hostile 'man-hating' word, but an inclusive one that calls into question why so many women are still being denied their basic fundamental rights. Emma Watson gets it and for that, she gets another gold star.