At the young age of 24 years old, Emma Watson could easily be ‘twerking’ her way around town or raising eyebrows with wild celebrity antics, but instead, the dynamic woman with drive is using her star power for good not evil.
Recently named as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, joining the United Nations organisation with fellow leading lady Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson is a modern-day Audrey Hepburn and was humbled at the opportunity to help further gender equality.
“The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly,” said Watson in an interview with The Independent UK.
“Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life, that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting,” the young starlet adds.
Watson has always said she is a feminist and has been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years, advocating women’s rights in Bangladesh and Zambia.
Building on her humanitarian efforts, Watson’s new role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador will see her dedicating her efforts towards empowering young women and serving as an advocate for the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign that promotes gender equality.
Born in 1990 in Paris to two British lawyers, Emma spent her younger years growing up in Paris until moving to her mother’s native country England, following her parents’ divorce.
At just nine years old, Watson was cast as the quick-witted brainchild and muggle-born witch, Hermione Granger, in the infamous Harry Potter film series. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher and were impressed with the confidence of the young girl.
Literally growing up on the screens in front of us, Watson played her part in the Harry Potter family until the final film was released in 2011. Last year she starred in Sofia Coppola’s satirical black comedy film, The Bling Ring, in which she played a troubled teenager caught up in a string of robberies on celebrities’ homes in Hollywood.
Aside from acting, Watson has also had a successful modeling career as the face of both Burberry and Lancôme, become certified to teach yoga and meditation, and graduated from the Ivy League institute Brown University in May 2014 with a degree in English Literature. If she isn’t a woman with drive, we don’t know who is!
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