Emma Watson won’t ‘date people who are famous,’ complains about dating civilians


Emma Watson covers the April (??) issue of Elle Australia. So far, we’ve only got the cover. Which is pretty. I’d like to see the full shoot, but I guess I’ll have to wait. This Elle interview is the same one where Emma was talking about looking forward to aging. More quotes have been released and Emma sounds… well, the yoga thing is somewhat interesting. Some highlights:

Emma on her dating rules: “I don’t date people who are famous,” she said, before adding that she also hates the downsides to dating non-famous people. “I don’t think it’s fair that, all of a sudden, intimate details of their personal life are public as a direct result of me. I wish I could protect them.”

She’s a board two certified qualified yoga instructor: “People are like, ‘Where are you living? What are you doing?’ I don’t know. I’m too young to decide right now if I want to live here or in New York or in LA or wherever else. And I really struggled for the answers the past three years. I should really know! I should really commit!” So that’s when she became a yoga instructor. “I was like, ‘I need to find a way to always feel safe and at home within myself.’ Because I can never rely on a physical place.”

Getting rid of her good girl image by breaking into a pool: “It was at a hotel, it had a gate around it. My friends turned around and basically I was gone. The next thing they saw was me 7ft up in the air, scaling the fence. I shouldn’t be able to get away with what I’m getting away with.”

[From Elle Australia via The Mail]

The dating thing is confusing. I wonder why she’s so adamant about only dating “civilians”? The mean part of my brain went to “I bet none of the really awesome famous people ask her out,” but in real life, I bet a wide variety of famous and non-famous men hit on her. So, she’s committed to dating civilians, and then she complains about how the press tries to find out stuff about them?

As for the yoga instructor thing… it sounds a little bit vapid to me, but hey, at least it’s something to fall back on. When all else fails, she could teach yoga.


Photos courtesy of WENN, Elle Australia.

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  1. allons-y alonso says:

    Emma Watson is like the word ‘fetch’. It needs to stop happening.

  2. blue marie says:

    I guess she thinks that since she dates the non-famous, it should come with a higher level of privacy? If I’m being honest, I couldn’t tell you who she dated cause I don’t care. She does look good on the cover and loved her in the white dress even though it was a bit bridal.

  3. I think she’s complaining a little too much. She’s not front and center in the tabloids every week. There isn’t any drama about her dating life at all–I have no clue as to how many boyfriends she’s ever had, where she lives, etc. The stuff I know about her is what she chooses to share. But she should be glad that, for better or worse, she gets attention because of HER (as in because she was in HP and does a ton of fashion crap), and not because of who she’s dating–coughamberheardcough.

    And it’s all give and take–there isn’t a real interest in her dating life PRECISELY because she’s dating a civilian. That’s kinda why I don’t mind it when celebs talk about their private lives in interviews. For one–it’s a hard thing not to just sit and TALK. Like seriously, if in every interview I had, people wanted to know about my SO/kids, I would find it really hard not to just blabber. Because, as you may have noticed–I like to ‘talk’. Second–it’s worse when there are two stars in the equation. I mean, someone like Philip Seymour Hoffman (who, until he died, I hadn’t known that he had a long term partner OR three kids) can get away with not ever talking about his family–because there’s a low public interest, because (a big part) his partner isn’t famous, or even an actress.

    • Lulu says:

      I think you have to take into account the biased gender stereotyping of gossip. We are interested in Emma Watson’s datinglife because she’s a young woman, a potential object of (sexual) desire as opposed to PSH who is our conventional “charismatic and praised for his acting skill alpha male actor” – like Jack Nicholson. We don’t care about the women in his life.

    • ... says:

      Except she was not complaining, she was explaining why she would not answer questions about her boyfriend. I think that’s fair.

      “I can’t comment on it, I’m sorry,” Watson said of her new relationship during a recent Sunday Times interview. “I’m trying to keep my private life sacred, although I don’t want to lock myself up and never go out. So I guard it, because I don’t date people who are famous, and I don’t think it’s fair that, all of a sudden, intimate details of their personal life are public as a direct result of me. I find that so uncomfortable, and I wish there was a way I could protect those people, but it’s not in my control.”

  4. pru says:

    I don’t think she was complaining about dating ‘civilians’. I think she was just complaining about how her fame effects who she dates, and their lives.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      That’s how I took it, too.

    • LadySlippers says:

      That’s what I read too.

      My take on it is there is prob something great about dating non-celebs but she hates what *she* brings to the table fame-wise.

    • Well, I think that would be expected–especially given that she was in HP…it could’ve been a lot worse. But I would just content myself with knowing that unless the dude I’m with has a sketchy background–like Anne Hathaway’s ex fiance–then it’ll be over that quick. After the first few initial pictures, she’s probably not bothered unless she’s in LA, in the paparazzi hotspots.

      I don’t know–I guess I took what she said as the paparazzi going all out, stalking her and her boyfriend EVERYWHERE, following her boyfriend to such and such place, disrupting their lives constantly–I very rarely see pap pics of her, and the ones I saw were of her at Brown University. It doesn’t seem like, to me, that the press or the paparazzi/tabloids are interested in her love life. Which is how she wants it, I’m sure.

      Whatever fame she has now, it is on her own terms. She’s known for being someone’s girlfriend–she’s known for a franchise, which is infinitely better than being arm candy.

    • Aurie says:

      She doesn’t give a crap about protecting the people she dates….that’s why she threw Will Adamowicz under the bus to try to distance herself from his cocaine scandal. Will even wrote a post on FB complaining about her betraying him (didn’t name names though) and stalked her outside her NYC apartment in January where Emma sent a car to get him so they could talk in private.

      They were together in November and suddenly she’s got a new boyfriend in December, a few days after his coke scandal broke? And after her publicist releases a BS statement saying they broke up in the summer?

      • HHazel says:

        @Aurie YUP she does not care at all only about her image. There is most certainly other ways she could have gone about doing it without throwing him under the bus and getting a new boyfriend 3 seconds after as a cover.

      • ... says:

        Wow, a way of distorting things. Before the whole scandal, the last time Emma and Will were actually seen together was in June last year. Shortly thereafter she returned to the UK, and he stayed in NY. This show in November, she was probably with Matt. There were rumors of her dating a rugby player since November, December last year. She was even photographed in some of his games last year. There are pictures of her at a party after a game of Matt last year.

        And Will was not talking about her, if anything, he was talking about a guy, probably the friend who posted his picture. Emma has nothing to do with this story. And mostly he was complaining about the media and about the people who were judging him.

      • ... says:

        The photo of Will was taken on January 1.. and the media published about it in the first week of the year .

        Emma was already being seen in games of Matt’s team since October. Plus Will was in NY and Emma in the UK since the summer. So it is quite likely that in fact they have broken up during the summer ..

        Also.. the first rumors that Emma was dating a guy who fits Matt’s descriptions started in November last year. And Emma began to be seen in Rugby matches in October.

      • Moore says:

        He sounds very unsavory. Why wouldn’t she want to distance herself from someone like that?

        Stalking and drugs, sounds like a great guy.

      • Aurie says:

        Lol at Emma fans trying to defend her with lies……

        All you need to do is google “Will Adamowicz Emma Watson The Staves” to see they were together in November….plus there’s a picture of them together in the London Underground in September, which is hardly the summer is it?

        And Will was seen outside her apartment on in the January 20th week….

        pic of will outside her apartment can be seen here: http://meettherealemmawatson.tumblr.com/post/74373149759/new-years-eve-photo-of-her-ex-with-coke-comes-out

        Why contact her 6-7 months after they allegedly broke up? Unless they broke up in like December and she immediately got together with a new guy to throw him under the bus and he was pissed at her.

      • Isadora says:

        Why are we talking about how it is all her fault? Why not talk about the fact that this boy could have stopped a minute and thought about how him taking illegal drugs could throw a shade on his girlfriend, who is (at this stage) quite dependent on public perception to get decent jobs?

        I’m all for staying yourself in a relationship, but if I would date someone famous (which implies that you get probably more public attention than you would like) and actually care about that person I would watch my step and refrain from extreme acts of stupidity like… you know.. bank robberies, running around naked in public or (like in his case) get in photos with illegal drugs.

      • ... says:

        There is no proof, no evidence that Emma was with Will on that show in December, all that exists is a note from The Sun, which we all know is not reliable. She could be there with any guy. And yes, I know that Will was seen outside of her apartment, but what you forget is that this was the first time that Emma went back to NY since the summer. Will might want to say something to her personally or even pick up something at her apartment. And the photo of the subway in September, don’t make me laugh, you can only see a guy on his back, it could be anyone, even Matt.

        Emma is in the UK since the summer of last year . And Will was in NY . Emma started watching Rugby matches in October . The rumors of her dating a rugby player started in November and December . There are pictures of her in those matches . There are pictures of her at a Matt’s team party . There is a tweet from November last year, saying that a classmate was dating Emma Watson , it was said that her boyfriend was studying French in the second year of Oxford. Same as Matt . A girl in December said that Emma Watson was dating a guy from the Oxford Rugby team . The girl even said the shirt number he wore. Again the same as Matt .

        Also, it is like Isadora says Emma is not responsible for Will’s choices. He is an adult, he let himself be photographed that way and his friend was stupid enough to post that picture on facebook.

      • Aurie says:

        Ugh whatever clearly you will refuse to see any of Emma’s lies or hypocrisy, which is fine.

        As for Isadora’s comments, sure I think if Will is doing coke Emma has a valid reason to dump him, but she threw him under the bus and that goes against her whole wanting to protect her boyfriends comment.

      • ... says:

        I’m arguing with you based on what I think. You’re the one asserting things without proof..

        As I said before , there is no proof that she was with him after June . She was in the UK since the summer. That is a fact . Just as it is a fact that the rumors that she was dating a rugby player started in November. The whole scandal with Will just started in January due to his photos celebrating the New Year’s Eve in NY. She did not throw him under the bus . All that was said is that they were no longer together since the summer. What I think is probably true for all that I have explained . But anyway , it was better for him . If they were still together, the press would not have left him alone after publishing those photos .

        When the Mirror discovered that Emma was no longer dating Will , they went to the extreme to start following some of her fans accounts . That was how they managed to publish the photos of Emma in the Rugby matches that Matt played last year. Plus Emma was spotted at the airport making out with a guy. The random guy who saw them got a blurry photo of Emma on facebook. IMO That’s how the Mirror got her pictures with Matt in Antigua. They sent paparazzi behind them. When they got their picture, the Mirror has even publish what that random guy said on facebook.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      Can we also please stop using the term “civilian” to describe non-celebrities? These people are not risking and giving their lives for our country.

      Definition of “civilian”:
      2 a : one not on active duty in the armed services or not on a police or firefighting force
      b : outsider

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    “Home” is very important to me. I’ve moved a lot, and I agree with her that you need to be able create a home wherever you are. A safe place and a retreat. I do it by finding or creating a little reading niche, but if she does it by yoga, good for her. Very transportable. I think it will serve her well.

  6. Kiddo says:

    What film is she in now? Please excuse my ignorance, I know you probably covered it and I blanked it out like I do with commercials. A day doesn’t go by without Emma and her sister twin, Shailene, doing an interview.

  7. Leftovers says:

    The Hilaria Baldwins of the world aside, there is nothing vapid about yoga.

  8. Pri says:

    Well, in a way she does make sense. If she wants to be adamant about not dating famous men, that’s her decision. See, some of her fans from Harry Potter days would still want to know/ keep tabs on her (not to mention the media’s interest in a young thing) and that invariably means people she’s having an intimate relationship with also get spied on and ultimately have their personal information splashed on the www, which could be a little unnerving/embarrassing for the guys. I understand how that could affect her relationship. Its alright if she feels protective of that. Although, I think it would be a tad easier for her to date a demi famous actor.

  9. Pumpkin Pie says:

    I love what she says about yoga. And kudos to her studying it, there is so much going into yoga.

  10. Jo says:

    No comments on the pool break in? Really?
    Big deal, you scaled a fence? So what. This just makes me think she’s even more of a ‘good girl’ than before to think that’s risque.

  11. Sarah says:

    i dont know whats not to understand about it:
    she doesnt want to date famous men because that would mean the interest in her love life would skyrocket. she has a habit of ditching guys and having a new one lined up a week later. she never gets called out on that like Taylor Swift because her boyfriends arent famous and no one knows their names or cares.
    then she complains about press intrusion in the life of her boyfriends. why would anyone like that? the last one had his past as an orphan all over the english papers, i dont think anyone would be happy about something that private being on the internet for ever.
    what we can hold against Emma is that she can stop that. by quiting her job and living a regular life. as long as she is doing this job it will have very negative effects on her love life and all the people close to her (think Julia Roberts sister for example). that is not fair but she does this since she is a little kid so she knows the business. if she truely cares about not hurting other people through her fame she will have to stop being a public figure.
    of course the guys should be aware what comes with dating a famous person but they havent lived with it as long as Emma has.

  12. Val says:

    “I can’t decide between LA and NYC, life is so hard!” Oh come off it. You have enough money to live in both cities (+ London??) you can commit to one for a year-two and then go to the other. You probably travel there anyway for your job, ugh. As a serial inter-continental mover, I can relate to the difficulty of picking a place, but she just sounds so unbelievably pretentious.
    At least she’s not mentioning Paris, thank god, I’m not sure the city could take both her and Portman. And Johansson?

  13. frisbeejada says:

    Hate the terminology ‘civlians’ where do these people think they are, in a war perchance? They are not. They dress up and mouth somebody else’s word for a living while making condescending statements about the rest of us ‘civilians’ (you know Doctors, Nurses, Teachers those kind of civilians let alone the real military) who keep the planet ticking over. Rant over and apologies I’m on a Fast Day plus added PMT (Grrrrrrrr)

  14. GeeMoney says:

    She’ll be eating her words about dating someone non-famous if her movie career stalls. She might need a high profile relationship to get it going again.

    I like her and think that she’s very pretty… but everytime I see her, I just keep thinking “Hermione”.

  15. Ellen says:

    I don’t hate her I just don’t like her very much. I agree she’s better than some of the others but she really needs to listen to her head before engaging her mouth.
    Last time I checked she was dating some ruby dude. So I don’t know where this famous and non famous love is from. I you truly love someone it wouldn’t matter if they are famous or not.
    I don’t know why she’s worried about the press. They only really pay attention to watch she wears

  16. ... says:

    Her whole quote was just to explain why she could’t talk about her boyfriend, which makes sense if you read the whole thing:

    Though she appeared in one of the most successful film franchises of all time, Watson has made a concerted effort to sustain a sense of normality. She’s so protective of her privacy, in fact, that she declines to discuss relationships involving non-famous folks—like her rugby player love, Matt Janney.

    “I can’t comment on it, I’m sorry,” Watson said of her new relationship during a recent Sunday Times interview. “I’m trying to keep my private life sacred, although I don’t want to lock myself up and never go out. So I guard it, because I don’t date people who are famous, and I don’t think it’s fair that, all of a sudden, intimate details of their personal life are public as a direct result of me. I find that so uncomfortable, and I wish there was a way I could protect those people, but it’s not in my control.”

    When the interviewer suggested that Watson’s new boyfriend is a consenting adult, she looked worried. “But you don’t choose who to love, who you have feelings for, do you?” the actress asked.

  17. Kelly says:

    People only like her because she’s pretty. She can’t act. She isn’t really good at anything that we know of. But she’s played a likable children’s character and she’s pretty, so she’ll keep getting praise and attention.

  18. xoxokalirl says:

    Im so eh about her. I do not think her work, other than HP is mentionable. Shes preety sometimes, her forehead is wierd but she looks good in red carpet stills. She needs more growth as an actress in my opinion but I think she has potential.

  19. Anne says:

    I saw Noah.She was trully amazing.She definetly was a scene-stealer.Her role was not very big but her performance,in my opinion,was the most memorable and remarkbale one.Her role was not easy to pull and it would seem like a caricature if not dome right.Watson elevated the role and maybe the film’s final-messy-act!