Emma Watson: ‘I’m a bit OCD about perfectionism, I’m my own worst critic’

Emma Watson covers the February issue of Marie Claire UK, and I kind of love the photo shoot and the styling. Emma’s magazine shoots can be hit or miss, but I think they found just the right balance with this one. She looks young, but not too young. She looks fresh and pretty and not vamped-up and sexed-up. Her hair is finally at a really adorable length too – I wasn’t a fan of her Justin Beiber haircut, but it’s gotten progressively cuter as she’s grown it out. Anyway, here are some highlights from Emma’s Marie Claire interview:

Her priorities: “Friends and family come first and work comes second; that’s just how I live my life.”

She’s more confident now: “Now I feel a lot more settled in who I am and what I think and how I want to do things. And because I feel good about what I’m doing, I don’t need anyone else to say whether they think it’s good or not.”

She was born in Paris, but she still can’t speak French: “I always have the same New Year’s resolution: to speak French fluently. I get a huge wave of nostalgia when I come into the Gare du Nord. There’s such an emphasis on culture, art and music? And I’ll do anything for a warm baguette.”

Work ethic: “My parents have very strong work ethics and have instilled that in me; a love and respect for what you do and taking pride in it. And then – and this is sort of irritating at times – I’m a bit OCD about perfectionism. I’m my own worst critic. I think that’s really hard, but it also spurs me on. I always want to do better. I’m always striving towards the next thing.”

[Quotes from The Belfast Telegraph & Teen Daily]

I just had to check her birthday because as I was reading the quotes, I was like, “Damn, is she a fellow Virgo?” Because that’s what Virgos are like (and I’m a Virgo, so I can say this): we’re anal retentive, hyper-self-critical messes. But Emma is an Aries. Fire sign! I can’t date Aries men at this point, they drive me up the wall, always and forever. What was I talking about? Ah, yes – Emma is a perfectionist and she cares a lot about what people think of her, but she’s growing out of it, probably. Sounds about right.

Oh, and here’s Emma’s new Lacome print ad for the “In Love” collection. It’s meh.

Can I just say? Not only do I really like this photo shoot, I love her clothes in the shoot. I want this long-sleeved sequined top. I WANT IT NOW.

Marie Claire UK photos courtesy of this site.

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  1. Christina says:

    Lancome has come a long, long way from the days when it had Isabella Rossellini as its ‘face’. And when I say a long way, I mean a long way in the wrong direction. Isabella was/is a goddess. Emma is borderline plain.

  2. stephanie says:

    I’m a bit redundant about repeating myself, you see.

  3. Reece says:

    Virgo! Yeah can’t take Aries men either. Eventually things start getting thrown and because I’m a Virgo I don’t miss. ;)

    She does look great here! I want the quilted jacket and heels.

    • j.eyre says:

      I will admit I only really know anything about my own sign. When people find out that I have a red-headed Aries for a son they begin to suck air in through their teeth – why? What do I have on my hands? What is wrong with Aries men and should I start looking at military school brochures now?

      • Minky says:

        Aries men are tough. They need almost constant ego stroking, they dominate space and conversations, they have to be heard and understood, and if it’s not their idea, forget it! My partner is an Aries and I love him, but he is a handful!! They’re great men, they just require a strong sounding board and lots of reassurance. Good thing I’m a Pisces. ;-)

      • RocketMerry says:

        Aw, nothing too bad, don’t worry. True, Aries people, especially men, are said to be very hell-bent on getting their way, and can fight forever and ever and again, but they also forgive and forget quickly (almost as soon as the fight is over – unless it’s something really huuuge). Also, they are said to be quite fair in treating others, and dislike being mean or people who are being mean – they usually LOVE being the knight in shining armor to the rescue, even better if there’s a lot of bullies to fight off.
        Sigh. I LOVE Aries, was that not clear? :) I ususally have the best friendships with them.

      • DesertPoppy says:

        Nothing is wrong with Aries men. Astrology is a complete pile of crap, there is no truth to any of it. Penn and Teller did an episode on it, if your interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwjvhnIg60o

      • RocketMerry says:

        Come on, guys, astrology is for FUN! Don’t start throwing judgment around, seriously, let’s take things a bit more lightly.
        I don’t decide anything based on astrology and when I say I usually get along well with Aries people I mean that people born in spring and brought up with the cultural label of being “Aries” usually have behaviours of my liking.
        Be light about things! Lol

      • Justyna says:

        I am a Virgo and that desciption sounds like it was written about me but I have a 16 year old cousin who is Aries and he is by far the most well-behaved and calm teenage boy you could meet. No ego, no temper, always nice and polite. I sometimes start fights with him but they end immediately because he prefers compromises and I feel ashamed that a teenager can act more like a grown-up than me, an actual grown-up. He is like a responsible grown man stuck in a teenager’s body.

    • GoodCapon says:

      Do you guys really feel strongly about astrology? My zodiac sign says a lot of things which I am, personality-wise, but I’m also supposed to be patient and creative and I’m the very opposite of those traits.

      I just sometimes feel that it’s unfair to lump people into one category because it’s what their zodiac signs describe them to be. Just my honest opinion!

      • Ace says:

        I kind of hate myself for knowing this much about astrology but here goes…We are more than our sun sign.
        The most important aspects are your sun sign, moon sign, and ascendant.
        When most people talk about astrology/horoscope they talk about their sun sign which is the day and month we were born.

        Say you are a Virgo Sun, depending on your time of birth you can be a Aries moon, and Scorpio ascendant/rising.

        Our sun is our “true self” (If I remember correctly), our moon is our emotion, and our ascendant is our surface, the mask people see when they first meet you.
        Phew, am I making any sense here? Anyway, google it, it’s actually really interesting.
        It’s more than our sun, moon and rising, it’s also about our chart placements, houses and aspects.

  4. Anna-fo-Fanna says:

    Kaiser, you can totally get a top almost exactly like that from Victoria’s Secret.com. I saw one there the other day that’s pretty much the same.

    • Environ says:

      I’m married to an Aries man and have been for the last 13 years. I’m a loud Taurus, he’s a steady, quiet Aries. He can be stubborn but so am I. We might butt horns occasionally but he doesn’t fit the ego needy type you describe. He’s strong, beautiful, and brilliant.

  5. Maria says:

    Do you really judge peoples characters based on the day they were born?

    • LittleDeadGirl says:

      You’d be surprised how serious some people take that. I used to write for my highschool newspaper and I wrote a “horrorscope” for fun for Halloween and totally made fun every sign and people honestly came up to me upset thinking I’d ruined their month and doomed them or that I was specifically talking about them (and I mean people I didn’t know). O_O Honestly, we all have our weird quirks so I won’t judge but I do get a chuckle out of it …

      • Lou says:

        I did the same thing! Used to write Luna Goodlove’s Horrorscopes for my college newspaper. It had things like “Saturn is in Mars, so you’re going to be super hungover on Saturday”, and people used to constantly ask me if they were real, because they were “soooo accurate!” Heh. College.

  6. Lucija says:

    Huge HP fan, but she annoys the hell out of me.

  7. psykins says:

    Why is she not wearing in pants in any of these???

  8. lem says:

    the photoshop in the black sequined top is ridiculous.

  9. lower-case deb says:

    the make up on the cover is… indescribable. + bad posture.

  10. Annie says:

    Love Emma! She’s such a classy, articulate, intelligent girl. British actresses are always like this. They rarely swear, they’re well spoken, mature, honest. Young American actresses need to take note from the Emmas, the Keiras, the Mias, the Careys. I’m so sick and tired of how downright STUPID American female celebrities can be. The old ones can only say really weird clueless classist privileged things like Goop and Jlo. And the young ones like Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence try SO HARD to sound down to earth and ~just like you~ but they’re annoying and I’m too busy thinking why on earth do these girls speak like they’re 16 when they’re in their 20′s? Nothing but swearing, limited language and utter stupidity comes out of their mouths, and the fact that they take pride on how that they’re so uneducated and didn’t even go to high school is like… This is not good. You’re sending a bad message. You have not said ONE intelligent thing in all of your interviews. You have not even tried to think a little bit. You’re that lazy. Especially Jennifer, she is like “Hurrrr durrrrr I’m so funny. Acting is stupid. I farted on Michael Fassbender. Like me I’m hilarious. I’m hot but stupid, so I’m not threatning. I hear men like that.” And Kristen is the extreme opposite “Dude. God. Dude. God. Dude. I’m real. I’m honest. Everyone is fake. Um. Dude. God. Dude. Dude. I don’t know. F*ck.”

    So so done with this lazy dumbasses. Emma is the total opposite.

    • Christina says:

      ”British actresses are always like this. They rarely swear, they’re well spoken, mature, honest. Young American actresses need to take note from the Emmas, the Keiras, the Mias, the Careys.”

      If you mean Mia Wasikowksa, she’s actually Australian.

      But never mind.

      • Amelia says:

        And I beg to differ about the ‘British actresses are always like this’.
        We’ve got our fair share of tw*ts too, unfortunately.

      • Annie says:

        I know that. I’m just mentioning another good example. It’s as if America (the entire continent but especially the country) is only breeding idiot celebrities and I’m sad to see most of them are women. Learn to speak! Try to have something to say other than victimizing yourself because being a celebrity is SO HARD and you’re just like me and you need me to like you.

      • Annie says:

        @ Amelia. Who though? Are they A-listers? Because most actresses on everyone’s radar seem pretty alright to me. Besides, a good majority of your actresses are good examples even if there are a few rotten apples. I can’t think of a young American actress who isn’t dumb or who is articulate enough for her age. Even Emma Stone sounds very simple sometimes and she suffers from the “I’m just like you, relate to me” syndrome. Don’t even get me started on Megan Fox.

    • T.C. says:

      Wow stereotype much? At least our American actresses have a reason to be on theses covers (Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart all doing promos for their current films) instead of because they have a beauty contract (Emma Watson) or they are plugging their pregnancy (Sienna Miller).

    • marie says:

      you use British “actress” but American “celebrity” those are 2 totally different things. I mean Kristen Stewart/ Sienna Miller (actresses) and KK/Katie Price for celebrity. If reality tv has proven anything it’s anyone can be a celebrity (especially idiots), but not all celebrities are actresses. I think the difference between American and British actresses is exposure. that’s just a sweeping generalization on your part.

      • Annie says:

        I’m not even going to get into reality stars, but if I did, America would lose again. For every Katie Price you have a Paris Hilton, a Heidi Montag, ten Kardashians, 20 Teen Moms, 50 real housewives, a Snooki, a JWow and a Honey Boo Boo. Let’s not pretend this is not true, ok? Come on. American celebrities are as deep as a puddle and there’s always room for more trash.
        For every Adele you have a Christina Aguilera, a Britney Spears, a Katy Perry, a Gaga, a Kesha.

        It’s not a stereotype, these are the facts. The idiots outnumber the smart ones, and you have more of these than any other country has. You make them stars and millionaires. You like morons.

        And are we really going to trash Sienna Miller for mentioning her baby when American celebrities sell baby pictures and wedding pictures to tabloids? Guys, if you want to argue at least think hard for a minute and give solid examples of what you’re arguing against. Don’t put easy answers to me on a silver platter.

        This is the truth. Why are you in denial.

      • T.C. says:

        What intelligent thing exactly did Emma say in this interview? Remove her name and plug in Anne Hathaway who would say the exact same thing. Still didn’t address my point that Emma is not promoting a film just herself with this cover and Sienna Miller was given a magazine cover just to promote her pregnancy. I guess you consider things like that examples of how classy the British actresses are. I don’t see Jennifer Lawrence getting magazine covers to promote her fashion line or a pregnancy, she will be getting an Oscar nomination. She is a lower to middle class girl who wasn’t born with a silver spoon or go to plush schools but works her tail off doing back to back films.

      • marie says:

        Annie, you did open the door to reality stars when you said celebrity. celebrity and actress is not the thing. yes, there are STUPID American celebrities (KK, Housewives, Snooki, all those others) but you only gave 2 examples for ALL American actresses being dumb. Yes, Stewart comes across as an entitled, uneducated hipster and Lawrence while maybe a little backwoods works her butt off. You’re calling all American actresses stupid because you don’t like 2 of them is ridiculous. What about Maggie Gyllenhal, Kerry Washington, Natalie Portman (pretentious yes, stupid no) Anne Hathaway, Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, I could keep going..

    • Tiffany says:

      Sometimes I find the Keira’s of the acting world to be a bit pretentious. I think the UK has a class system that encourages elitism, where as in America, “the dream” is that everyone can make it and that there is virtue in clawing your way up from the bottom.

      These women play to their audiences, trying to embody the ideal of their own culture.

    • Silly Girl says:

      Totally agree with you, Annie!! It’s a sad state of affairs when you consider the old Hollywood royalty. Such a shame nowadays.

  11. Evelyn says:

    This is not related at all to the interview, but you don’t date people because of their star sign? No judgement! But do a lot of people do that? I’ve never heard of this before

  12. Claudia says:

    I just watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I loved it. She’s so good in it, and I was surprised at how well she pulled off an American accent. I’m not really familiar with her work, I’ve watched maybe two or three Harry Potters in random order, but I think she has longevity. She has an interesting look.

    • Becky says:

      It was good? I have the book and if it’s good I would like to read first, so I’ve been holding off.

      Emma is as close to perfection as it comes.

      • Claudia says:

        Yes! It feels like a coming-of-age classic, something people will remember up there with My So Called Life, Now and Then, etc. It resonates and is relatable across different ages; I watched it with my 13 year old sister and she was really moved by it. At my age (26), I was hit with a lot of nostalgia.

        Even better, the book’s author also adapted the screenplay and directed the movie… so if you end up loving the book, I’m sure you’ll love the movie too :) .

    • Becky says:

      It was good? I have the book and if it’s good I would like to read first, so I’ve been holding off.

      Emma is as close to perfection as it comes.

      If you google image “the bling ring Sofia Coppola,” you can see the stills from the film and the resemblance between the actors and those girls is amazing. They’re really channeling those two. And I still can’t believe Sofia Coppola made a movie about them starring Emma Watson. My God.

      • Chloeee says:

        I actually had a neighborhood friend that was involved in the bling ring and I met all of those stupid a** friends of hers that appeared on TMZ. Those girls had a magical combination of luck and stupidity. The fact they are making a movie about them pisses me off. These were not criminal masterminds.

  13. Violelia says:

    Kaiser, are you aware that Michael Fassbender is an Aries?? ;) But don’t worry his moon is in Virgo also!!!

  14. Crowgirl says:


    It’s possible that even though Emma’s Sun is in Aries, she has other planets in Virgo or in her 6th house.

    Astrology is a lot more complex than simple Sun Signs, and the belief the general public has that astrology is 100% Sun sign annoys proper astrologers to no end.

  15. Sam says:

    Why do people always incorrectly use the term OCD? OCD is about obsessive compulsions. You have horrible recurring thoughts and adopt ‘rituals’ to help deal with this. People call tidy people OCD, when in reality people suffering from OCD sometimes also suffer from hoarding.

    Anyway, I find Emma to be insufferable. She’s average-looking and can’t really act.

  16. bns says:

    She’s completely boring and a mediocre actress, but for some reason I find her adorable. I’m rooting for her.

  17. Louise says:

    I could never take to her as Hermione in Harry Potter. She was so different to the character, who was meant to be plain looking with huge buck teeth (until book four when she got them fixed)

    Hermione was meant to be clever but not very confident of herself, whereas Emma breezed in as cocky & smirky.

    I also think she’s a plain jane who’s over-rated (a lot like Daniel Radcliffe) but still no where near as plain as her part was meant to be.

    I just wish she’d disappear, she has a high irritating factor.

  18. DemoCat827 says:

    Well, she was a Virgo in Harry Potter – does that count? Hermione’s birthday was September 19th (same as my husband’s). I’m an August Virgo, myself.

  19. debbie says:

    Kaiser!! Our most fave gingers are Aries. Give me Fassy or Ewan up against the wall any day of the week. Yep, just saying..

  20. Eleonor says:

    She is annoying, but I like her, I don’t know why.

  21. Lisa B. says:

    Emma sounds so much like a Virgo because she is a Virgo rising, Kaiser. I’m one too and I know how awfully insecure we can be. She also has a lot of Capricorn on her chart (including Saturn) so I’m sure she’s being 100% honest about her perfectionism and work ethic. People with a strong Cap influence are big on that. Actually, though I’m a Pisces sun, my chart is pretty similar to hers, with Virgo Rising and a lot of Capricorn, Aquarius and Scorpio.

    I really like Aries people, they’re usually quite fun and “life of the party” types. But also quite exhausting to live with on a long term, in my opinion. About the men I’d say: take them as drinking/fucking buddies, not as husbands. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

    And guys, it’s fine if you don’t believe in astrology. You don’t have to. But there’s no need to be rude to those who do. It’s also not cute to give uninformed opinions about stuff you obviously don’t know shit about. Play nice.

  22. Brittney says:

    Ugh, using the term “OCD” like an adjective is one of my top five pet peeves. For people who actually do have the disorder, it can be debilitating and life-consuming, and it doesn’t help that it’s so misunderstood because of how flippant people can be with the terminology.

    I’ve been medicated for a decade and that has worked wonders, but my childhood was, at one point, a living hell. It feels like those years of constant struggling are trivialized and turned into a joke every time someone who washes their hands a lot or keeps their house tidy says “oh I’m so OCD” or “haha I know this is so OCD.” NO, it’s not, it’s obsessive maybe, or compulsive, or even both, but unless you have the actual disorder, stop treating it like something trivial, like it’s a personality trait or a quirk rather than a life-altering condition.

    AGH sorry, rant over. I know no one means any harm when they say it, and I know I sound like I need to lighten up, but I wish that infuriating expression would die off once and for all. (Maybe it’s akin to how addicts must feel when people joke about being alcoholics just because they like to get drunk on weekends.)

  23. Belle says:

    I think Emma looks gorgeous in all of the photos above. Hate the Lancome pic though… way too much makeup, though that is hardly her fault.

    Unlike many here, I really enjoy her as Hermione in the HP movies.

  24. Marion says:

    +1 on the OCD. My husband has actual OCD and it can take him ten minutes to shut a door. It makes it so hard for people to accept it as a disease because of how often people use it as a description about being neat or orderly. It infuriates me. I don’t go around telling people I’m cancerous because I feel under the weather. It’s not an adjective, it’s a condition.

    • Brittney says:

      I’m so sorry for your husband’s struggles and empathize completely; if it weren’t for a miracle combination of pharmaceuticals and cognitive therapy, I’m certain I wouldn’t have a college degree or a full-time job. Hardly on par with a tendency towards self-criticism.

      (Mental disorders already come with a boatload of stigmas, and trivial as they may seem to some, expressions and attitudes like Emma’s only serve to perpetuate that problem, drop by drop. As if the afflicted and their loved ones didn’t have enough to overcome…)

  25. Hoya_chick says:

    Do the signs differ based on gender because I’m an Aries and everything RocketMerry said above pretty much sums me up and I don’t put alot of weight into signs and all that. And I could totally hang out with you Kaiser. Ha.

  26. annonymous says:

    Please stop the trend of trivializing OCD!

  27. A says:

    I think Emma is very pretty and can be very charming…I was pleasantly surprised at how good she was in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, considering I thought she was a total dud in My Week With Marilyn and the Harry Potter films..

    However, I’ve always wondered how the hell no one ever made a bigger deal about the fact that she was photographed coming out of a nightclub with Harvey Weinstein…He had his hands on her waist and back, and then piling into a limo with him and another few girls…Next thing you know, she had a supporting role in My Week With Marilyn (a Weinstein film) and Harvey started pontificating on how fabulous he thought Emma was to the press…this being the same girl who pretty much only started getting decent reviews for her acting in the last two Harry Potter films…. That movie (My Week with Marilyn) provided a springboard for her other films….Just find it weird that people are always so quick to accuse Blake Lively of boffing her way up the chain or of screwing Harvey, when Harvey gave several very over the top comments about Emma to the press and the photographs.