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Emma Watson Talks Harry Potter, Pixies & Parties: “I’m Socially Awkward, Like Bambi In Headlights”

Submitted by on February 11, 2014 – 11:28 amOne Comment

Who knew the perks of being a wallflower were this good?

Harry Potter‘s breakout star Emma Watson is not only beautiful and talented. It turns out she’s bloody brilliant as well. The 23-year-old serves as guest editor of Wonderland‘s February/March 2014 issue. Besides posing for the cover (above) in Dolce and Gabbana, the Paris-born actress confessed to writer Derek Blasberg that she is actually quite shy.

“I feel like I’ve been given a lot of credit where it isn’t due that I don’t like to party,” she said. “The truth is that I’m genuinely a shy, socially awkward, introverted person. At a big party, I’m like Bambi in the headlights. It’s too much stimulation for me, which is why I end up going to the bathroom! I need time outs! You’ve seen me at parties, Derek. I get anxious. I’m terrible at small talk and I have a ridiculously short attention span. I feel a pressure when I’m meeting new people because I’m aware of their expectations. That makes socializing difficult. Which isn’t to say that when I’m in a small group and around my friends, I don’t love to dance and be extroverted. I am just extremely self-conscious in public.”

Currently a senior at Brown University, Emma credits her school for teaching her much more then what was written in her textbooks.

“Now I really know how to take care of myself, how to be alone, how to deal with stress,” she said of working and attending school at the same time. “If I hadn’t been through that time, I wouldn’t have got there. I never knew I had limits. You make good friends and you make bad friends, and you have to figure it all out. You realize you can’t do everything. I really did think I could do it all—commute back to the UK for Potter filming and press, then go to Brown for finals, and keep up with my friends and family. You can’t do by the way. You do have to take breaks. It’s how I became interested in meditation and yoga. I developed bedtime rituals.”

And the Noah actress is looking forward to starting another ritual as soon as she stops acting.

“The minute I get pregnant, the first thing I’m going to do is cut my hair off because I know I won’t be working for a time,” the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2 star says. “If I wasn’t an actress, I’d keep it that way. I could wash it in the sink and shake it out like a dog. It’s so low maintenance! I had been crafting it in my mind for years. So, when the time came, I went ahead and did it. To be honest, I felt more myself with that haircut. I felt bold, and it felt empowering because it was my choice. It felt sexy, too. Maybe it was the bare neck, but for some reason I felt super, super sexy.”

But at only 23 years old, Watson is far from retiring.

“This year, I’m turning 24,” she told Blasberg. “A lot of my friends are really worried about turning 24, but I like that I’m getting older. In a way, I started out like this old lady, and now I feel like my age is catching up with me. And I’m excited by all these new things for me to do. I feel like I have so much more to accomplish as an actress. I’d love to try theater and that’s a whole other thing. But when I finish my degree, I will have a lot more time to pursue other passions, and I want to figure out what those will be. I love having something completely unrelated to the film industry. I want to find something that will let me use my brain in another way. I like connecting people who aren’t part of that world, too.”

For more on Emma’s Wonderland issue, check out the behind-the-scenes video above and pick up the issue, on newsstands now.

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