Emma Watson picked Beauty over La La Land
Emma Watson has said she turned down a potential Oscar-winning role in La La Land to fully commit to Beauty And The Beast.
The 26-year-old star confirmed rumours she had been offered the part that gave Emma Stone her first Academy Award.
Watson said it was a big commitment to undertake, right at the time when she was filming the new live-action version of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast.
La La Land went on to win five Academy Awards.
“With a movie like Beauty And The Beast it’s like three months prep, it’s like three or four months shooting, it’s in the UK,” she told ITV’s Lorraine.
“I had to be there to do that and, as I was saying before, it’s like you can’t half-a*** a project like this, you know, you’re in or you’re out.”
Actor Miles Teller, who starred in director Damien Chazelle’s first movie Whiplash, was also rumoured to have been given the role but has not confirmed it to be true.
Watson also said she had previously turned down a chance to star in a live-action remake of Cinderella because the character “wasn’t right for me”.
The former Harry Potter actress said she changed the way her Beauty character Belle had been portrayed in the animated version, to make her “more independent”.
In the remake, Belle is an inventor, wearing practical footwear to ride horses and work.
“We created a backstory for her,” Watson told Vanity Fair.
“Which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”
Watson said she picked Belle because “she’s so fierce, she’s so smart”, but had to dedicate time to the character.
“I’d never ridden a horse before and so I was like, okay. This is what I mean about the prep. I mean I really went into like essentially a Belle boot camp,” she said.
“I was riding three or four times a week, singing four times a week, dancing three or four times a week.
“I was manic, I was so hectic but I loved it.”