Emma Watson may be one of the few celebrities who survived from child stardom relatively unscathed, but she definitely wishes the whole world hadn’t been privy to the process.
In Elle’s April 2014 issue — in which Emma gorgeously graces the cover — she admits that she would have preferred to have become who she is today before presenting herself to the entire world for review.
“There are all these actresses who have emerged in the last year or two, and they get to emerge as this complete human being,” Emma tells the mag. “And I’m so jealous!”
Not that we think Emma has anything to be ashamed of. She was adorable when she took on the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series at just ten years old, and now that she’s 23, we love her even more.
But growing up in the public eye does have its disadvantages, and as a young actress, Emma felt she had to walk a fine line between the life her characters lived and her own.
“I remember reading this thing that Elizabeth Taylor wrote,” Emma recalls. “She had her first kiss in character. On a movie set. It really struck me. I don’t know how or why, but I had this sense that if I wasn’t really careful, that could be me. That my first kiss could be in somebody else’s clothes. And my experiences could all belong to someone else.”
It’s okay, Emma — we think you did an awesome job growing up in Hollywood. Congrats on living to tell the tale!