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Toronto: Emma Watson on Her First Big Post-‘Harry Potter’ Role
Emma Watson, known the world over as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, has been at the Toronto Film Festival promoting her new role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
It’s a significant part in a coming-of-age story set in the world of an American high school, an environment that couldn’t be more different from Hogwarts.
Watson says: “It’s another planet to what I’ve done before.”
The 22-year-old actress plays a high school senior who along with her step-brother befriends and guides a younger troubled pupil called Charlie (Logan Lerman), the film’s protagonist.
When the Harry Potter actress was asked if she was keen to rebrand her screen image she said: “I can’t force anyone to perceive me any differently I just hope my performances will speak for themselves and the movie choices I take on will have their own weight.”
Watson gives a strong performance in this vibrant film refreshingly free of many of the clichés often found in American high school coming of age stories.