Emma Watson Dropping Acting For College in the Fall
Emma Watson has a fantastic career in Hollywood, but it seems there’s one place she can’t shake: Providence, RI.
The Bling Ring star opened up to Rookie magazine about her desire to head back to the Northeast and finish her college education at Brown University, saying, “I really like the fact that it has a very open curriculum, that there aren't any requirements... Really, I've kind of been in charge of my own education since I started out on Potter when I was 9 or 10, and I liked that I could design my own major if I wanted to, and I could take independent studies if I wanted to on subjects that weren't necessarily in the curriculum."
Emma, who is returning to the Ivy League in the fall after taking two years off, says that Brown’s liberal education philosophy has kept her interested in pursuing her degree, despite missing out on acting roles.
“The idea of classes being pass/fail make it sound as if you don’t have to work as hard, but it actually gives you the freedom to try out things that you wouldn’t be able to do if you had to get a certain GPA on your transcript. It lets you take classes that you wouldn’t otherwise. And it attracts a certain type of student: [someone] very independent who wants to take responsibility and control of what they’re learning. That really appealed to me as well.”
As for dealing with media scrutiny on top of a difficult course load, Emma says that her personality lends itself to anonymity.
“It’s interesting, because people say things to me like, 'It’s really cool that you don’t go out and get drunk all the time and go to clubs,' and I’m just like, I mean, I appreciate that, but I’m kind of an introverted kind of person just by nature.”