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Emma Watson Told to Quit Acting

Emma Watson considered giving up acting for good after a university professor advised her to quit performing.

Emma Watson was advised to quit acting by her university professor.

The 23-year-old star, who shot to fame playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise when she was just nine, admits she almost considered ditching her career as an actress on the advice of one of her tutors.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly magazine, she said: "For a while I kind of bought into the hype of, 'Will they ever be able to play anything else?' It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while. And then a professor told me that they didn't think I should act, either.

"So I was really grappling with it and wasn't feeling good about it. And then, I don't know... it got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started p***ing me off. I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way. I'm not sure why that shift happened."

The brunette beauty credits the script of her 2013 movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower for encouraging her to step back into the film industry and assuring her there were roles to challenge her after Harry Potter.

She explained: "I was really unsure, but then I read the script for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me.

"I stopped intellectualizing it, and it became much more instinctual. I just got the bug and got very driven all of a sudden, which I really wasn't before. But I'm so happy. It's all felt very new to me, really."