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TIME 100 2015 Emma Watson
Celeste Sloman—UN Women

Emma Watson

Apr 15, 2015

Emma Watson’s alter ego Hermione Granger would doubtless approve of her HeForShe campaign and its gutsy, smart take on feminism.

It’s especially refreshing to see men invited to join the fight for gender equality, as Watson pointedly did in launching the U.N. effort last fall, telling the men that it’s “your issue too.”

It’s also refreshing to see her vigorous embrace of feminism, which Watson defines as “the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” And apparently she lives by it. Although she is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses, she has spoken out about the paucity of female directors in Hollywood.

Watson was only 9 when she auditioned for the part of Hermione, and she appeared in every Harry Potter film to the end. She followed Hogwarts with a degree in English literature from Brown University.

Her HeForShe speech at Davos was an Internet sensation, but unsurprisingly, it drew the typical antifeminist rants and even some threats. Watson chose to highlight the moving letters she has received from fathers who tell her they are investing new hope in the future for their daughters. But she was also frank about the bullying tactics of her detractors and one site that made an empty threat to release nude photos. Her confident and cool reaction: “If they were trying to put me off, they did the opposite.”

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See Emma Watson Grow Up In Front of the Camera

Emma Watson first starred as Hermione Granger at the age of 11 in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 2001.Warner Bros.
Premiere of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" Premiere
'Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone' DVD Launch Party In London
The UK Premiere of "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets"
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" New York Premiere - Arrivals
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Premiere - Los Angeles - Arrivals
British Academy Children's Film And Television Awards - Pressroom
(L-r) DANIEL RADCLIFFE as Harry Potter, RUPERT GRINT as Ron Weasley and EMMA WATSON as Hermione Granger in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE USED SOLELY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, PUBLICITY OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PICTURE AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO. NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION
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Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2009.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2
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Actress Emma Watson arrives at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles
Cast member Watson poses the premiere of "This Is the End" at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles
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Watson is interviewed at the premiere of "The Bling Ring" at the Director's Guild of America (DGA) theatre in Los Angeles
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'Noah' Germany Premiere
Cast member Emma Watson arrives for the UK premiere of "Noah", Leicester Square, London
HeForShe Campaign Launch
Emma Watson first starred as Hermione Granger at the age of 11 in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 2001.
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