Why Emma Watson Is Breaking Our Hearts With Her One Year Hiatus from Acting

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Who doesn’t love Emma Watson, or at least who doesn’t think she’s a total babe? We can’t forget all the “Harry Potter” movies, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and her brief, but super killer performance in Seth Rogen’s “This is the End.”

But, Watson wants to focus her attention on her other passions in life. She plans to further explore the topic of feminism, something that she has spoken out about many times.

She said, “I’m taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really. My own personal development is one…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.”

Watson continued, “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…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.”

Let’s take a look at some of the cool projects Watson’s involved in, starting with the Twitter feminist group that created a group called, “Our Shared Shelf,” which is the alleged book club that Watson speaks about.

Next, Watson has arranged multiple projects with the HerForSheInitiative, which she created as a UN goodwill ambassador to incorporate men in the battle for gender rights equality. She’s launching a site for the project, and for the college kids, she’s organizing a university tour.

Watson concludes, “I’m on my journey with this and it might change, but I can tell you that what is really liberating and empowering me through being involved in feminism is that for me the biggest liberation has been that so much of the self-critiquing is gone. Engaging with feminism, there is this kind of bubble now that goes off in my head where these really negative thoughts about myself hit where I’m able to combat them in a very rational and quick way.”

Wow, some powerful words there Emma! Girl power all the way!

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