Emma Watson Struggled Starring in This Movie Despite Its Huge Critical Appraise
The Harry Potter star was stressed out by having to adopt the American accent and pretend to know what’s up with American schools but still enjoyed shooting the film.
Like many of her Harry Potter co-stars — especially her closest friends, Danial Radcliffe and Rupert Grint — Emma Watson went out into the movie industry with the burning desire to prove her talent in roles that didn’t involve magical wands and such, trying to push boundaries every time she got into a new project.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is admittedly one of the actress’s best movies to date: despite not being a box office record-breaker, it was largely praised by both critics and the audience alike and received an 85% critics and 89% audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes respectively, proving to be a great film in most eyes.
Emma Watson had a great time shooting the movie, but there were just one too many things that were stressing her out. For one, she’s never read the original 1999’s novel by Stephen Chbosky which is semi-classic in the US at this point, and the actress’s friends were constantly taunting her for that.
“My American friends berated me. They couldn’t believe I hadn’t read it and I realized there’s this amazing cult following of people that really care about it — so, again putting a lot of pressure on myself to get it right,” shared Watson.
Another huge issue that Emma was stressing about was the need to be American for the movie — something that she, a British actress who grew up on the set of Harry Potter in Great Britain, was understandably struggling with on many levels. Watson admits that she kept bothering her director as she was just panicking too much.
“I was like, ‘I’ve got to do an American accent and I don’t know anything about being at an American school’, so I started freaking out and making these crazy notes and emailing the director at three in the morning going, ‘What does this mean?’ <...> [And] my accent? I was really nervous. I think it sounded terrible!" Emma said.
Despite all the hardships, the critics and the audience loves Watson’s performance as Sam, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower definitely got its fair share of praise and acclaim. Also, the actress couldn’t help but bond with her character: even though she was never an American, the actress felt close to Sam on many levels.