We should all be so lucky!
Still, I love Emma Watson for being like, “wait a minute, I need to do something and it’s more important than making dumb movies.” In the newest Paper magazine, she has a conversation with bell hooks, a super important Feminist writer/scholar. If you have the time, you should read the full Paper Mag piece here, because it’s super rad and goes in depth in not an obnoxious or controversial way. Watson and hooks talk about feminism and Emma’s new feminist book club. Here’s the part about taking a year off:
Watson: I’m reading so much and exposing myself to so many new ideas. It almost feels like the chemistry and the structure of my brain is changing so rapidly sometimes. It feels as if sometimes I’m struggling to keep up with myself. It’s a really cool period of time for me. My work that I do for the UN is all very clearly outlined, but my personal views and opinions are still being defined, really. So it’ll be an interesting time.
hooks: As part of your efforts for activism and for self-growth, you’re taking a year away from acting. That’s a big decision.
Watson: I’m taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really. My own personal development is one. I know that you read a book a day. My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club. I’m doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own. I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading. That I was learning so much on my own. I actually wanted to keep on the path that I’m on. I’m reading a lot this year, and I want to do a lot of listening.
She’s giving herself a crash-course in feminist history and activism, and I’m into it. What do you think of her year of learning?
Photo: Paper Magazine