Harry Potter actress Emma Watson premiered her new film The Perks of Being a Wallflower - and the rumours linking her to the highly anticipated film adaptation of hugely successful erotic novel 50 Shades Of Grey.
In The Perks of Being a Wallflower Watson is living out the life of a high school kid – something she missed out on growing up during the making of the Harry Potter film.
For her first major film role since leaving the world of Potter behind, Watson plays an American teen who's part of a clique of hip outsiders at a Pittsburgh school.
The 22-year-old actress said it gave her a taste of a whole different life considering her cloistered upbringing on the set of the Potter franchise, in which she was cast as bookish young hero Hermione Granger at age 9.
Watson explained that she picked this film because it felt genuine: "I think there is so much high school coming of age stuff, this one really feels authentic.
"It really feels real. Really feels like is speaks to what the experience is really about. The cast is awesome. It is funny but deeply sad, all at the same time.
“I’m really proud of it."
Watson is rich and world-famous because of the eight Harry Potter films, and still keeps a very busy schedule – which meant that it was a scramble trying to find a dress in time for the premiere.
"This is the craziest story," Watson said of her Armani dress. "I got off a plane three hours ago, I didn't have a dress to wear. So I went through a rack and I saw the dress. This was it. Then I got it shortened a little bit and here I am."
And about those Fifty Shades of Grey rumors? Would she be interested?
Watson explained: "I haven't read the book, so I don't know what I would be signing myself up for. So I would have to get sent a script I guess.
“But it always flattering that people are thinking about you for roles. You are in the mix for things so it's great."
Adapted by director Stephen Chbosky from his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower casts Logan Lerman as a deeply troubled high school freshman who falls in with a crowd of smart, nurturing seniors dealing with plenty of issues of their own.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower opens in the UK on October 3.