Emma Watson is taking girl power to the bank. According to Marie Claire, the outspoken feminist star of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” was paid $3 million up front to play Belle in the movie. But she could make five times that if that the movie does well enough at the box office.
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“Beauty and the Beast” has officially arrived in theaters. As an early celebration, Emma Watson took part in a short interview conducted through Buzzfeed with kittens. A lot of kittens. Emma answered a few fan-generated questions while covered in a bunch of tiny cats and she revealed some interesting tidbits about herself and her latest movie.
Emma admits to keeping part of Belle’s costume for herself and she explains her thoughts on the character’s life after marrying the Beast. She also reveals how the cast celebrated the final dance scene with a giant conga line. “It was the most surreal thing I’ve ever seen—everyone in costume in the ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ ballroom doing the conga,” she said.
While many have a hard time viewing Emma and her former “Harry Potter” cast mates as anything more than their characters from that franchise, Belle is not so different from her most famous role. “Hermione and Belle are like perfect head and heart girls—they have both,” Emma explains. “They’re super smart but they also have this incredible empathy and compassion and ability to see, kind of, beyond things and be nonjudgmental.”
No interview with Emma would be complete without a few feminist-based question. The actress recognizes that we, as a society, still have a long way to go. Many of her passions fall in the realm of social justice and, despite her strength, she has been no stranger to wanting to give up.
“When people have told me that I can’t do something, it’s going to be too hard, or whatever else, I try to use that as motivation,” she says. “Sometimes someone telling you that you won’t be able to do something, I’m like, ‘Oh, you don’t know what you just did.'”
Watch the full interview below.
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Emma Watson may be getting tired of defending her feminist credentials. That could explain why she showed up to a NYC screening of “Beauty And The Beast” looking more like an evil stepmother than a Disney princess.
Emma arrived for the film’s red carpet in a sinister floor-length black gown with some killer cut-outs. She had her darkened hair swept back with a smoldering red lip that shrieked femme fatale. The front of the gown had an aesthetic perfect for any villain trying to make a fashion statement.
See photos of Emma’s daring look below.
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Emma Watson stopped by “Good Morning America” on Friday for an interview about the new “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake. Emma was spotted heading into the show’s studios amidst New York’s bad weather. But the actress/activist had a big, warm smile–even if it looked a little forced.
Emma’s interview seemed to lack her usual heart. She was excited to see a group of tiny little Belles dressed as her character from the movie. A few were even tearing up while Emma was being interviewed. Even that wasn’t enough to make the actress sound passionate as she explained why she put her own spin on the classic Disney character.
“She is a little different,” Emma said of her take on Belle. “I think that we had a little bit more space and room to tell a bit more of Belle’s story in this one. I hope she’s a slightly more modern version. She was updated a little bit. But she was pretty progressive in her DNA really. She was a bit of a rebellious ‘Disney princess,'”
See pics from Emma’s trip to “GMA” and watch her interview below.
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Ariana Grande looked like a glamorous shower puff in the “Beauty and the Beast” music video released on Sunday. The singer appeared in the visual for the upcoming live-action Disney film along with John Legend whose outfit was a lot more appealing to look at than Ariana’s.
While Ariana and John’s version will never come close to being as great as Celine Dion’s iconic version the two did a good job revamping the Oscar-winning song.
Watch the music video below.
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Emma Watson and the rest of the “Beauty and the Beast” cast hit the red carpet for the Hollywood premiere on Thursday. It wasn’t just the cast that came out to celebrate the live-action Disney film, John Legend, Matt Damon and Celine Dion were all present at the star-studded event.
Emma has been busy promoting the upcoming film as the perfect feminist Disney movie, but was recently criticized for her Vanity Fair cover story. The actress appeared topless in one of the photos and received some backlash as a result.
See the red carpet photos below.
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