Emma Watson was in London this week for a gala screening of The Perks of Being A Wallflower – and told all about her latest movie.
The British actress walked the red carpet at The May Fair Hotel where she spoke of her excitement, and nerves, to have starred in her first major film role since leaving the Harry Potter franchise.
"I was nervous, but at the same time I had such an amazing time making the film and it was very meaningful to me personally – and I was proud of the work," she said.
"I was kind of okay with what anyone was going to say about [the film], because I felt really good about it.
“Luckily people seem to be responding really well and giving really good reviews so it's really nice."
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 called Charlie who falls in with a crowd of smart, nurturing seniors dealing with plenty of issues of their own.
Watson (Sam) and We Need To Talk About Kevin star Ezra Miller (Patrick) are the stepsister and stepbrother duo who take Charlie under their wing as he embarks on a journey of discovery.
Watson's character is very different from her role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, something that the actress relished.
"Having played someone that's so restrained and very English, to playing this completely free-spirited American girl, was the other end of the spectrum for me,” she explained. “It took a while to break down a lot barriers that I didn't even realise I'd put up for myself.
“When I did it felt really liberating, and I'm very proud of the film.”
- The Perks of Being A Wallflower will be released in the UK on October 3.