Emma Watson and Rupert Grint really didn’t want to kiss each other onscreen


The publicity machine is in full drive for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, which comes out this weekend in the U.S., and it’s rather bittersweet to witness this last mutual go-round from Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint as they embark on the final leg of this decade-long journey. Even though I’m not much of a Potter head myself, it still makes me a bit misty eyed to witness these three actors and good friends as they kick off the last installment of the franchise and, in the process, bid it farewell too. Naturally, I’m going to issue a mild SPOILER ALERT for those of you who are planning to see the movie but haven’t yet read the book, but here’s a few choice bits from Rupert and Emma in a discussion with Movieline:

Everyone Calls Rupert By His Wizard Name: Not once, but twice, press conference attendees referred to Rupert Grint as “Ron.” Thankfully, he didn’t seem to mind the slips of the tongue all that much. “I’ve always felt this close connection to Ron, even before the films,” he said. “After ten years, playing the same guy everyday, you naturally just morph into him. We have become this kind of ‘Ronpert’ kind of thing. I think there will always be a bit of Ron in me for the rest of my life.”

Rupert And Emma Did Not Want Kiss Each Other: The big kiss between Ron and Hermione is handled with a deft touch in The Deathly Hallows, something made all the more impressive because of the reluctance of the two stars involved. “I’ve known Emma so long, we were dreading this scene,” Rupert Grint said. “We wanted people to think that we actually wanted to kiss each other, because in reality we really didn’t. It’s a nice moment, hopefully people believe it.”

Does Grint remember anything specific about the kiss? “I find it hard to recall anything about it, I think it’s been erased from my mind.”

Emma Watson On Getting Noticed Everywhere: Being a main character in one of the biggest film franchises in history has its obvious pluses, but also some minuses. “It was when I was in a shanty town in Bangladesh, and a boy stopped me in the street and said, ‘You’re the girl from Harry Potter!’” Emma Watson said at the press conference, recalling the strangest place she’s ever been recognized. “There’s nowhere in the world that I can go — almost, it feels — that isn’t somehow touched by this film franchise. It’s absolutely amazing. It reaches the farthest corners of the Earth, the least expected places. So, that was a real — I was like, ‘Wow, I really can’t go anywhere! Wonderful!’”

Watson is able to handle such scrutiny, however, because it’s been there most of her life. “I feel fortunate in that I’ve never really known what it’s like to have total freedom and anonymity. It’s not as though I had it, and all of a sudden it got taken away from me. It’s something I grew up knowing, and there’s a process that happened gradually. I’ve never known anything else. In a way, I guess that’s a blessing.”

[From Movieline]

Poor Rupert! He appears to have inadvertently likened the aftermath of kissing one of his best friends to PTSD, and Emma seems to agree wholeheartedly as well. Of course, these two undoubtedly dreaded filming that particular scene for quite some time, which made it worse in their own heads than the actual experience could have been all by itself.

Now onto a closely related topic — Emma Watson’s own take on the final chapter of Potter and her future. I’m the first to admit that, if I had millions of dollars in the bank and exciting modelling/partying opportunities on the near horizon, I might have decided not to finish college either. Then again, I also wouldn’t have made a big deal about the fame circus either as an explanation of why Emma doesn’t date that many guys. That’s just an embarrassing thing to discuss with a journalist, and I think Emma makes the mistake of attempting to publicly justify things that really need no explanation. Hence my reaction to part of Emma’s chat with Hero Complex to promote the final movie. Here are the highlights of this SPOILERISH interview as well:

On Coping With The Final Film’s Darker Tone: I felt there was a real change in tone, and it was definitely a big step up in terms of what I had to bring. I didn’t prepare particularly differently. A lot more was asked of me than had ever been asked before. It was nice to feel challenged, and I had to step up and engage my brain and really think and put everything into it. I was able to focus on giving a really good performance because I wasn’t in school.

On The Challenges Of A Decade-Long Role: I think there was a bunch of stuff I had to do that really pushed me. When Ron was left in my arms, when I was tortured by Bellatrix, a bunch of stunts I had to do. I had to jump off a building onto the back of a dragon, and there were shots that were very technical with lots of running. If I could do that stuff, hopefully I can do anything. It was very good training ground for anything that might get thrown at me. Nothing would shock me now.

On Wearing A Fat Suit For The Last Scene: It was really interesting and challenging. The thing that was hardest was trying to imagine that I had children that I was sending off to school. That was really strange. And it was weird that I was seeing these guys that I’d grown up with suddenly looking old. But it was fun. It felt nice to do that scene, but it really felt as if we had completed that journey fully as we possibly could. We had makeup on. I had, like, a little fat suit that changed my figure a little — it changed the shape of my body a little. And I had a wig and teeth in. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be. I thought it was really going to freak me out.

On Possibly Returning To The Franchise Someday: Never say never. I would just have to see how I felt and where I was at the time. It’s really difficult to say.

[From Hero Complex]

Perhaps I shouldn’t place so much emphasis on Emma pointing out that she was able to give a marvelous performance in this particular Harry Potter movie because her mind was so unrestrained from academic concerns; but in light of the many times she’s discussed leaving school, I cannot help but wonder if Emma’s not merely planning to live out the next year modelling and having fun but also looking toward jump-starting a real grown-up acting career too. Emma’s IMDb profile reveals that she has two non-Potter films in the can but no future projects in development.

Meanwhile, Emma’s still on ongoing publicity duty but was snapped in a candid moment at London’s Heathrow airport. I love this peacoat but am not crazy about the rest of the look.



Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. brin says:

    Ahhh…the revised Emma blog. I like the coat too but she is starting to bug me, hope she is not getting a big head.

  2. Liz says:

    She seems entirely snobby. And her posing at carpet events and even these cameos irk me to no end.

  3. Rita says:

    I like her because of her subdued personality but that won’t catapult her career. She might be one of those “who was that actress in Harry Potter who never smiles?” sort of child stars.

  4. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Emma’s outfit screams “Look at how Anonymous and Incognito I look in the airport!”

  5. katnip says:

    Rupert is the ONE for me. I just think he is so sweet and talented. I have seen several of his films outside Potter and he has actually done some amazing work. And he to me is the one that is so unassuming and low key. I loved him when he bought that ice cream truck. HOW could you not like that.

    Daniel seems to love the Theater, Emma seems to be finding her way.. dipping her feet in lots of pools. She has options the male stars won’t have.

    I am just waiting Friday.. Love these movies and these kids.

  6. curmudgeon says:

    I will still take her over (insert name of young obnoxious entitled American starlet here). When you compare her to say, that little Emma Roberts snot or Kristin Stewart, she looks pretty wholesome.

  7. Delta Juliet says:

    I can’t hate on her. I think she’s adorable.

  8. Heatheradair says:

    Okay, here’s my sort of “in defense of emma’s college decision” tirade, then I’ll put it away:

    As someone who started college at the standard age 18, then left to pursue other opportunities, then decided to rejoin academia years later, I can say — solidly — that I was a much better, more focused, more appreciative, confident, participatory student when I came back to school in my late 20′s than I ever would have been if I’d stuck out the standard 4 years in a row amid PLENTY of distractions (financial, social, career, and otherwise).

    Further: I understand valorizing a consecutive, 4-year undergrad eduction as a conventional path for kids her age, but — in the end — don’t most of us do the college thing to garner more earning power? Emma hardly needs the boost of a BA to net her the big bucks. She’s done that.

    And big deal if it was MODELING that lured her away from school? Grown-up child actors-turned-models can go back to school at any point.

    Presumably, once she does, she’ll be glad she did and ready to focus.

    I don’t see the point in denigrating her decision to put off school, no matter how she justifies it.

    And also: acting — not really a career that requires a degree…….

    (guess what began as a mild case of eyebrow/pixie cut envy has morphed into this weird maternal defensiveness toward this kid :) )

  9. Gwen says:

    Rupert is so cute :D My favorite of the trio.

    Have got to say that the more Emma talks, the less I like her. I won’t miss her and her eyebrow acting one bit.

  10. Runs with Scissors says:

    She has ALWAYS been modest, intelligent, down-to-earth and enthusiastic.

    She’s lovely.

    Imagine the whole world open to you, making a decision would be difficult.

    I know it garners Celebitchy more hits if you try to exaggerate the negative (and look at the people who stepped right in line with your “opinion” :) bahhhh! – but really, I can’t think of a much more elegant, gracious young actress.

  11. TL says:

    She’s too good for us. She comes off nice but really underneath I detect a lot of smug thoughts with her dirty looks and I’ve read a lot of daft comments from her. How to paps always find her?

  12. Nymeria says:

    “I was like, ‘Wow, I really can’t go anywhere! Wonderful!’”

    I interpreted this Emma-ism as a sarcastic, “Great! Now I can’t go anywhere and not be recognised! Fan-bloody-tastic!” Then Emma knocks back a gin & tonic because she’s bitter that she can’t slum it around Bangladesh without getting recognised as Hermione.

  13. Ruby Red Lips says:

    Is it just me or are Emma and Daniel really average actors who just got lucky with the whole Harry Potter phenomenon?

    Emma is completely overated and quite average looking…I’m sure she’s a lovely person but I feel doesn’t deserve the accolade she gets…

  14. Lucinda says:

    Seriously? We are critiquing what she’s wearing at the airport????? Well, the site is living up to it’s name I guess.

  15. oh-bb says:

    Not really a spoiler alert of one of the spoilers is in the post title…

  16. Pyewacket says:

    When will these Potter trolls go away for good?

  17. Cheyenne says:

    I always wondered why in the world J. K. Rowling had Hermione and Ron hooking up. I can’t think of two people with less in common.

    And is Watson very tall, or are Grint and Radcliffe both short?

  18. TL says:

    Emma is wearing high heels, lol. She 5’6 and rupert is about 5’8. standing next to dan in flats she’s barely taller. Dan’s about 5’6 or 5’5 as well.

  19. SEF says:

    Wasn’t she referring to being done high school? It’s my impression that the movie was filmed before she went away to college. I’d have to agree that it’s got to be easier filming a movie while NOT still studying. I don’t think she’s making excuses for dropping out of college. . . .

  20. Miss Beca says:

    i think she’s fantastic. as far as the school thing, i have lots of friends who took different times to finish. nothing wrong with that.

    also, i love how she’s dressed for the airport. not that i care about the outfit itself, but i love that she’s dressed like a real person–ballet flats, comfy pants, sunglasses.

  21. call_in says:

    “visit my chamber of secrets, rupert!”

  22. Tina says:

    Aren’t this kids getting a little too old to be doing Harry Potter?!

  23. Mario says:

    Emma has turned into a stuck up diva, and there are many other actors of this franchise that have let fame go to their heads. Daniel Radcliffe acts very self righteous and smug. Rupert and Tom Felton seem normal.

  24. Andie B says:

    Frankly, I wouldn’t want to kiss Rupert Grint either. Though, if they were paying me millions and I squinted, I could probably pretend he was Damian Lewis, that hot red head from Band of Brothers. Hee hee!

  25. Carolyn says:

    I’d so kiss Ron before Harry. Hang on, have you seen Neville Longbottom (movie character)? He’s hotter than both of them. I’d kiss him instead. I like Emma but is she following the Posh Spice code of media posing by not smiling?