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Emma Watson Says She Went To Therapy Because Of 'Harry Potter'

The actress 'really struggled' with fame as a child.
PHOTO: Getty Images/Jason Merritt

As well as coining a brilliant new phrase for being single, Emma Watson has opened up about the pressures of being a child star in Harry Potter.

The actress, who was picked out of a line-up at her school gym to audition for the role of Hermione Granger, is on the December cover of British Vogue. In the interview, she gets real about her struggle with being famous from such a young age, adding that it came with guilt attached.

"I've sat in therapy and felt really guilty about it," Emma said. "I'm like why me, somebody else would have enjoyed and wanted this aspect of it more than I did. And I've struggled a lot with the guilt around that. I'm like, I should be enjoying this a lot more, I should be more excited and I'm actually really struggling."

Emma turned to her family and life before Harry Potter to keep her grounded and to remind her who she is. She continued, "Part of what's helped me find peace is there were moments when it got so big where I almost had vertigo and felt it got so big that I felt l disconnected, and part of the peace within myself is remembering my identity." 

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"I am someone's daughter. I am my mother's daughter, I am my father's daughter, I am a sister. I belong to a family. I come from a place, I have roots," Emma added. "There's a whole big existence and identity that I have that's really important and weighted and solid, that has nothing to do with any of that."

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Kudos to the actress for opening up about her struggle with fame, and for being one of the voices to change the conversation around therapy.


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