Today, Emma Watson turns 25 and has already achieved unimaginable feats. From playing the iconic Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, to portraying the ambiguous Sam in The Perks of Being A Wallflower, to earning herself a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, to creating the worldwide campaign HeForShe, Watson is essentially unstoppable. To celebrate the star’s quarter of a century mark, it’s time to look at her best five moments so far, with the acknowledgment that there will be many more to come in the upcoming years.
5. Watson works with People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion brand
Emma Watson worked with People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion brand, over the years of 2010 and 2011 where she helped to create a line of ethical fashion for young people. Explaining her decision to work with People Tree, Watson says: “I think young people like me are becoming increasingly aware of the humanitarian and environmental issues surrounding fast fashion and want to make good choices but there aren’t many options out there.” She continued by adding that, “it has been the most incredible gap year project for me.”
4. Watson stars in the adaption of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
With a following similar to John Green, Stephen Chbosky’s highly-anticipated film adaptation of his popular novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of Emma Watson’s highlights so far in her film career. Playing the evocative and endearing Sam, Emma Watson perfectly captured the character in a way that made her ideal for the part. Only released a year after the second part of Deathly Hallows, The Perks of Being a Wallflower revealed a different side to the star’s acting capabilities and showed to us all the versatile talent she holds.
3. Emma Watson talks to Ellen about graduating from Brown University
Having to extend her time at university for an extra year because of her consistent dedication to acting, Emma Watson graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. In this interview, Watson discusses her experience at university as the “Harry Potter star” as well as her appearance at the Oscars. What is most special about this moment is the genuine honourability that the star evokes, proving herself as one of the most hard-working individuals in Hollywood.
2. Watson portrays Hermione Granger
Starring in one of the biggest franchises in the world, Emma Watson made her debut screen performance at the age of only 11. Replicating the character so masterfully woven into JK Rowling’s novels, Emma Watson has become an icon associated with the Harry Potter phenomenon and a staple character in family film. Remaining in the role for the entire eight films, her performance as Granger was one of the best in the series and shall forever be a legacy for Watson.
1. Watson reveals her HeForShe campaign
Appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador last year, Emma Watson has become an icon in contemporary women’s rights and feminism. Launching her global campaign HeForShe late last year, Watson’s central message is to get men involved with feminism and be advocates of gender equality. Stamping out myths that feminism has anything to do with man-hating, Watson has become an important figure in stressing that feminism is the equality of the sexes and a movement that needs the involvement of both sexes. Her campaign has attracted worldwide attention along with having the support of notable famous faces.
Watson will also be hitting our big screens soon when she stars in a live action adaptation of The Beauty and The Beast.