Emma Watson Was ‘so Stressed and Anxious’ About Turning 30

Emma Watson has certainly led an interesting life. At age 9, she won the proverbial lottery when she landed the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. This experience led the actor to leave home at 11 in order to promote the films. Because her parents didn’t chaperone her, Watson was tasked with looking after herself. Thus, she developed maturity and agency at a very young age.

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Emma Watson was a serious child like her ‘Harry Potter’ character, Hermione Granger

Like her most famous character, Watson describes herself as a very sensible and practical child. In an interview with W Magazine, Watson recalled being less than enthused by things that excited peers. “I was always a very serious child,” Watson admitted. “I remember being like 13 and girls being like ‘Felicity is gonna kiss Ben on the school fields.’ It’s amazing I had any friends because I was … I just remember saying ‘Well, that’s stupid. It’s too young to mean anything. He doesn’t love her, and that’s just a waste of time.’”

The movie star was never in a rush to grow up

Continuing on, the Little Women alum shared that even though she had a more adult mindset as a child, she wasn’t overly eager to age. “Like drinking or being sexy or smoking never really held any allure or excitement for me,” Watson revealed. “I just wanted to wear a sports bra up until I was like 22. I couldn’t care less. So I guess I’ve just never been in a terrible rush to grow up or be seen as a woman.”

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Even though Watson wasn’t in a rush to grow up, she wasn’t lamenting aging either. She didn’t make a huge deal out of traditional landmark years. However, that all changed when she got to 30. The Noah actor explained that she initially didn’t know what the big deal was, but that all changed when she herself was turning 30.

Turning 30 really freaked the actor out

“I was like, ‘Why does everyone make such a big fuss about turning 30? This is not a big deal…’ Cut to 29, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I feel so stressed and anxious,'” Watson shared with British Vogue. But what specifically triggered Watson’s anxiety? She explained that she had so many ideas of what her life was supposed to look like by 30 and those were hard to reconcile.

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Why Watson was stressed out about the landmark age

“I realize it’s because there is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around,” Watson explained. “If you have not built a home, if you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby, and you are turning 30, and you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career, or you’re still figuring things out…there’s just this incredible amount of anxiety.”

We’re sure plenty of Watson’s fans can relate to her feelings. Hopefully, now that she’s 32, she’s found ways to cope with the anxiety of aging.

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