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We can look forward to seeing Emma Watson in the forthcoming films Colonia (2016), The Circle (2016) and Beauty and the Beast (2017).

But once those films come out, there may be a bit of a wait to see the young actress on the big screen, as she’s taking a year-long hiatus from acting.

This isn’t necessarily a huge surprise considering she’s previously taken breaks to complete her studies at Brown University, which she graduated from in 2014.

This time around, Watson will spend her time off studying, working as a United Nations goodwill ambassador and on her own “personal development,” reports Paper magazine.

American author bell hooks (this isn’t a typo, she doesn’t capitalize her first and last name) chatted with Watson as part of Paper’s “Girl Crush” series. The series matches up two women with a mutual admiration for each other, with the women engaging in a casual conversation.

The women’s talk covered a number of topics, including how the two came to know each other, their thoughts on each other’s work and other women in the industry they admire.

But one moment that stood out in the conversation was when Watson discussed her plans to temporarily put the breaks on her film career.

Watson talked to hooks, saying, “I’m taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really. I’m doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own.”

She considered enrolling in a formal academic program but switched gears, saying, “I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading.”

Apparently hooks inspired Watson, with the actress telling the author, “I know that you read a book a day. My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club.”

Watson will also be working on several initiatives, including a website for her UN Women’s #HeforShe solidarity campaign and a university tour addressing the topic. She’s already launched her feminist book group Our Shared Shelf and will work on managing its growth.

Watson elaborates on her efforts, saying, “Engaging with feminism, there is this kind of bubble now that goes off in my head where these really negative thoughts about myself hit where I’m able to combat them in a very rational and quick way. I can see it now in a way that’s different.”

You can read the entire article over at Paper.

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Filed Under: Emma Watson, Hiatus, Plans
By Brigid Brown