“Harry Potter” beauty Emma Watson is thrilled after being cast to play Belle in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake.
Watson made the announcement on Facebook Jan. 26, writing:
“I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’.
Emma added: “My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
Watson’s “Beauty and the Beast” reboot will directed by Bill Condon, director of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2. The script will be written by Emma’s friend Stephen Chbosky, who directed her in the 2012 film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Watson, who grew up in the spotlight as one of the stars of the “Harry Potter” franchise and secretly struggled with body and weight issues just like other adolescent girls.
Fortunately, Watson has learned to accept who she is, Examiner reported. “I’ve accepted my body shape more as I’ve got older,” said Emma.
The slender Watson added: “I went through a stage of wanting to have that straight-up-and-down model look, but I have curves and hips, and in the end you have to accept yourself as you are.”
Watson watched as her body went through changes as she was growing up and knew she’d just have to be patient. “My weight has fluctuated between a size 6 and a 10. When you’re growing, your body is still figuring itself out and it takes a while to settle down,” said Emma.
“I keep telling myself that I’m a human being, an imperfect human being who’s not made to look like a doll, and that who I am as a person is more important than whether at that moment I have a nice figure.” Watson also knows well the pressure young women face to lose weight, even in everyday life.
“It makes me sad to hear girls constantly putting themselves down,” said Emma. We have these unbelievably high expectations of ourselves, when actually we’re human beings and out bodies have a function.”
“We say that the pressure is coming from men but actually it’s from each other. I think women feel so much pressure these days and it can turn us against each other. But we really damage our own confidence when we put ourselves down, so I try not to.”
Watson played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series from 2001 to 2011.