Cinderella wasn’t enough of a feminist for Emma Watson to take on and apparently the actress also took issue with Belle’s apparent Stockholm Syndrome before joining the cast of “Beauty and the Beast.” In a cover story with Entertainment Weekly, the actress revealed that she researched the condition before taking on the role of Belle.
“Belle actively argues and disagrees with [Beast] constantly,” Emma says of the Disney character. “She has none of the characteristics of someone with Stockholm Syndrome because she keeps her independence, she keeps that freedom of thought.” In the film, Belle doesn’t begin to fall in love with Beast until he starts to show kindness.
“They form a friendship first and that gap in the middle where there is this genuine sharing, the love builds out of that, which in many ways I actually think is more meaningful than a lot of love stories, where it was love at first sight,” she explains.
Check out Emma’s cover and a new photo from the film out March 17 below.
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