Emma Watson is so afraid of many things such as revealing her location and taking pictures with Harry Potter fans.
“Privacy for me is not an abstract idea,” says the star who starred as Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
The British actress says her fans should stop requesting for selfies unless they’re prepared for a heartbreaking response.
Watson, 26, says she stopped granting such favors because “it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not.”
“If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters,” Watson said in the March Issue of Vanity Fair.
“They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data,” she told the publication.
The famous actress suggested some alternatives like having a friendly chat with fans or signing autographs.
“I’ll say, ‘I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have but I just can’t do a picture,'” she explained.
The Beauty and the Beast star says she is willing to video-chat with fans, however adding that there are a few exceptions to her high privacy standards.
In her words: “I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact … When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone’s freakin’ week?
“Children I don’t say no to, for example,” she clarified.
It’s unarguably true that Potter-heads are the craziest breed of fandom. The movie, including its book, are surrounded with myths and Watson thinks says doesn’t have an answer on why this is so.
“I have met fans that have my face tattooed on their body. I’ve met people who used the Harry Potter books to get through cancer. I don’t know how to explain it, but the Harry Potter phenomenon steps into a different zone,” she said. “It crosses into obsession. A big part of me coming to terms with it was accepting that this is not your average circumstances.”
Watson didn’t grow up as a Hollywood kid just like many other famous actors. She shot to limelight at the age of 10 when she was selected for a role in the Harry Potter franchise. Then her life on social media became a big challenge.
“People will say to me, ‘Have you spoken to Jodie Foster or Natalie Portman? They would have great advice for you on how to grow up in the limelight,'” she recalled.
“I’m not saying it was in any way easy on them, but with social media, it’s a whole new world. They’ve both said technology has changed the game.”
Watson has remained mute about her boyfriend, William ‘Mack’ Knight. Her choice for an intensely private life has sparked negative opinions from both critics and fans.
“I’ve noticed, in Hollywood, who you’re dating gets tied up into your film promotion and becomes part of the performance and the circus. I would hate anyone that I were with to feel like they were in any way part of a show or an act,” said the Paris-born star.
Talking about going through the front door and leaving from the back, Watson says she knows when to take a break from her hectic acting career.
In her words: “There have been hard moments in my career when I’ve had an agent or a movie producer say, ‘You are making a big mistake.’
“But what’s the point of achieving great success if you feel like you’re losing your freakin’ mind? I’ve had to say, ‘Guys, I need to go back to school,’ or ‘I just need to go home and hang out with my cats.’
“People have looked at me and been like, ‘Is she insane?’ But, actually, it’s the opposite of insane.”
The movie star says she doesn’t want to be misunderstood as a hypocrite.