Emma talks Lancome, “Perks” and “Marilyn” with ‘Madame Figaro’ Magazine
While she was in Paris shooting her Lancome commerical, Emma sat down with French magazine ‘Madame Figaro’ and talked about the various projects in her life, namely “Perks”, “Marilyn” and, of course, the fragrance campaign.
A rough translation can be viewed below – please note the word “rough”, this translation was attained by shoving the raw article through the ever reliable Google Translate so there will be weird sentences and mistranslations.
Madame Figaro. – It seems that you’re heavily involved in the elaboration of advertisement of Tresor Midnight Rose?
Emma Watson - It seems to me natural. First, I love the juice, fresh, fruity, fun and young. And I was flattered to belong to the club of ambassadors of Lancome. Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Julia Roberts, are actresses and women I admire. With photographer Mario Testino, I feel confident. So I offer my looks – a naughty side, poulbot, Godard’s film heroine with Borsalino on the head – and then places that I like in Paris: Le Cafe de Flore, which for me is the epitome of the capital, or the bookstore Shakespeare and Company.
Do you often come to Paris?
Yes. I have friends and family. I was born in Paris in the Marais. I lived in Maisons-Laffitte until the age of 5 years. From my mother’s side, they are all french, and I was bilingual, small, but I forgot everything!
All except the French fashion, after all?
When I go shopping, it’s here. I am a big fan of Isabel Marant, APC, Agnes b. or Chloe. French macaroons me upset. How do you say … Laduree? It is divine.
You’ve even created your own brand of clothing?
Yes, it’s called People Tree . They are mostly organic fiber clothing has. The materials are simple because I want it to remain comfortable and ecological. There are sweaters, skirts, dresses, a whole wardrobe rather intended for people my age. What I like is that 100% of profits go to the People Tree Foundation, which finances projects for education, against violence in troubled neighborhoods.
You do not live in a tough neighborhood …
No, I have recently a house in north London, where I live only until a friend comes to move in with me. And I am very often in Oxford, with my mother. My parents are separated. In recent months, I have worked for the cinema, but in September I will live a horse between England and the United States since I began my third year of Master in History and English Literature.
It is important for you to continue your studies?
This is crucial. At the beginning, the University of Rhode Island, I looked like a curious beast: the little witch from Harry Potter on a campus that was not Hogwarts! It took time to get used to my presence but I am delighted to have held firm. I use my studies as a safeguard. I structured it, compared to superficiality and delirium in the world of cinema.
Who are your favorite authors?
They are the authors I study at the university: William Blake, TS Eliot, Keats, Shelley, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen.
What are the roles you have accepted since the end of the Harry Potter?
Well, I chose the characters as far apart as possible to Hermione …
Because I grew up with her, that girl is smart and serious part of me. Sometimes I even dream of it, imagine the adventures of him. It’s very hard to take time off from the world of Harry Potter. It was my family, we lived together. Daniel Radcliffe is an adorable boy, generous, energetic. It’s quite strange, but the complicity that links Harry, Ron and Hermione were reflected in real life. I feel sad, destabilized. Harry Potter was my cocoon. I’ll have to find my marks, my bearings, a new universe.
The student named Sam, you play in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, director Stephen Chbosky, is a “Muggle”. This is a great first?
Voila: a girl of today, no magic. She had a difficult childhood, she does not love a lot and it will find the balance and confidence in her platonic friendship with a boy. It was pretty difficult to play. Sam is very far from me.
You also play the role of an assistant designer in the film My week with Marilyn, Simon Curtis …
Yes, it was both funny and tragic as it is the evocation of the last film of Marilyn Monroe. Playing with Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams threw me in a very adult world, this time.
Marilyn is it a model for you?
It was based, like Ava Gardner, the two greatest beauty of the golden age of Hollywood. All sex appeal, this glamorous bluff me. But I feel closer to actresses natural, human, and especially as Natalie Portman Julia Roberts.
Are you the kind of actress who picks up the telephone when she wanted to work with a director?
Oh no. I am a visceral timidity, I am not at all good at my highlight. Of course, a lot of filmmakers attract me: Darren Aronofsky, Baz Luhrmann …
Are you a real flirt?
Yes and no. I made very early experiments of make-up, to 10 years. But I’m pretty light. I put a light foundation because I do not want to hide my freckles. I abuse the mascara, sometimes I draw a line of eyeliner … I do not forget to reshape my eyebrows because I think it’s face structure.
Will you be tempted one day for another career?
It is true that I would not mind writing. But I began to realize that my career as an actress is very important to me. It is a part of me. Probably because I grew up in the middle of cinema magic!