Emma Watson gets papped in a workout bra in Pittsburgh – accident or staged?

Harry Potter star Emma Watson was photographed on the way to her gym in Pittsburgh, yes Pittsburgh, wearing a half top workout bra and carrying a copy of Chicken Soup for The Soul. She’s in Pittsburgh filming The Perks of Being a Wallflower.


Given the tendency for celebrities to carry pretentious books during paparazzi walks, I have to say this is kind of clever of her. It’s like she’s half admitting she staged this and that it’s as cliche and cheesy as the book she’s reading. Those are the kind of books you read when you’re staying at a chintzy bed and breakfast with no Internet and are desperate for something to read. You end up feeling guilty afterwards but they do give you a warm and fuzzy feeling for about ten minutes until the questioning section of your brain switches back on. I guess you could read them while you’re on a treadmill and aren’t fully concentrating on the material, but magazines are much better for that.


Watson could be trying to show that she’s in fine shape after some mild murmurs that she’d gained a little weight after dropping out of college or putting it on hold or whatever. She looks great, yet she doesn’t look happy about it, like she knows she’s doing this for her career and hates it. Like those Chicken Soup books the thrill is probably short lived. I would imagine you get a little rush of happiness at the thought of looking great and showing the world that you’re hot, but then reality sets in and you realize that it sucks that you have to do that in the first place. Or maybe she really does read Chicken Soup for the Soul and go to the gym wearing a just a sports bra. And maybe there are paparazzi in Pittsburgh.



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  1. serena says:

    She looks very cute, even if she is without make up and have messy hair and gym clothes.

    I hate this trend of showing books. ugh.

  2. Leigh says:

    I don’t know how to call the workout wear. I go to a cardio kick-boxing class where ALOT of the people dress like this, even the ‘not so perfect’ wear the built-in sports bra/tanks. But then again we’re working so hard we’re all drenched and can’t remember to count … let alone read a book or magazine.

    I think I’m with you on this one CB. I can’t think of an exercise situation where you would need/want to wear this AND have a book with you

  3. JJ says:

    finally! an actress who doesn’t look like she has an eating disorder! she is def a natural beauty.

  4. Gary says:

    Would you be calling out Angelina Jolie if she was carrying that book on a friendly paparazzi date?

  5. Samigirl says:

    I think she’s a doll, and I believe where the stars go, some papa follows. We’ve had several movies being filmed here in Shreveport, and, as a result, tons of people hanging out at the kids soccer park where Playing The Field is being filmed, taking pics. Maybe not actual paparazzi, but people who know they can make money selling pics of the celebs.

  6. Missfit says:

    She looks tired and like she’s thinking…uuggh, why is the paps all in my bizznizz? I’d say she didn’t stage it. And I love books, it’s good to read, good for the brain and educational. I seriously think Emma DOES read, cause that’s how I am, love to read, I love to carry a book around and such. And no, not for a trend, I’ve been a book nerd since the middle school,lol. :D

  7. uknowuloveme says:

    Don’t think it’s posed at all..”why?”because the kardashians hold the patent for that..

  8. Kolby says:

    I give her a pass. It’s been ridiculously hot in the Mid-Atlantic over the past few days.

  9. You don't say says:

    She is adorable, with an actual body like a real woman (for someone so young) and she looks great. Cute little Hermoine is all grown up.

  10. Jackson says:

    It was super hot and humid in da’ Burgh over the weekend. No way could she have worn that sweater or coverup she’s got tied around her waist and if that’s what was underneath, oh well. She’s got a cute figure and looks dressed appropriately for working out so I can’t say anything negative. And I don’t think the pic was staged. Lots of movies are filmed in Pittsburgh, believe it or not, but the only people who care are random fanboys and fangirls.

  11. Kate says:

    She looks the pissed for it to be staged. It’s 90 degrees here in Pittsburgh and I think most people around know where the cast is staying. Watson seems cheesy enough to read chicken soup yet confident enough not to care what people think.

  12. Ron says:

    Oh please, every other woman in LA wears this sort of outfit to the gym except with booty shorts. I am in the PA area right now too, and in the hotel, the AC in cranked and it can get kinda cold, then you head outside and it’s hot and the humidity is out of control, so I can understand the hoodie. She looks great.

  13. Hautie says:

    To be honest she looks over dressed for my gym. :) Where the majority of the females are in booty shorts and sport bra’s… all year round. Then promptly goes to the local grocery store in the same gear. Letting it all hang out. (yes, there are alot of vain women in my area)

    Plus if she was intentionally getting papped, I think she would have wore a little makeup. Run a brush through her hair.

    This just looks like a girl minding her own business. Getting stalked.

  14. aenflex says:

    I give her a pass to be weird. I hate anything-for-the-soul books, propagandous bullshit. BUT – she’s a great actress, she has worked harder than most children, and she has made her money. She’s not stupid, she’s just living some of her childhood that she was contractually obligated to neglect before. She’ll straighten out. She just needs to drop that book abd throw a comfy tank over the bra.
    But think about it – were she on the beach, we would think she was over-dressed. Why is it bad etiquette to wear a sports bra at the gym, but not to wear a bikini on the waterside?

  15. Ria says:

    what is Chicken Soup? this does look staged but thank God – at least the pictures are of good quality and at nice angles. and who carries a book with them like that? someone reads a book in a gym? seriously? when I’m in a gym I don’t have time for that! I am too busy dying. no, I’m serious

  16. the original bellaluna says:

    On to the important stuff: She looks like she’s scratching at a white-head, so – NOT a staged pap event.

    And who can get away with wearing ONE sports bra to work out? Even if I can find one in my size, I need to wear at least two!

    I like her. Let her be.

  17. mia girl says:

    My theory… she’s reading the book for a possible movie role. Given that “What to Expect When Your Expecting” is actually being used as source material for a movie, I could totally see some other HW studio trying to jump on that bandwagon with a Chicken Soup movie adaptation!

    My theory and I’m sticking to it!

  18. Trillion says:

    Gary: Are you kidding? Absolutely that would be on here with a zillion comments already if it were AJ.
    Personally,I’d be embarrassed to be seen with that book.

  19. almond says:

    God, I want to be part of the itty bitty titty comity! She can get away with wearing only one flimsy sports bra and she doesn’t have to lug around huge boobs in the dead heat of the summer.

    She also has a good figure, looks normal and healthy, with a cute waist. I think her arse looks a bit odd. I remember seeing some photos a while back where it looked kind of off. But maybe that’s just the giggly envy speaking.

  20. WhiteNoise says:

    Hautie – “This just looks like a girl minding her own business. Getting stalked.”

    ^^ This.

  21. StephanieMarie says:

    @Missfit, ITA….I’m an avid reader as well and if I were also a celeb I’d be papped always carrying a book!

    Also, I agree with your assessment of Chicken Soup…Soo many old versions sit in my closet and I would only read them if I was trapped without my other books or the internet..
    But I DID originally purchase them for enjoyment back when I was a teen…Like Emma…So cut her some slack. She’s their demographic really.

  22. GeekChic says:

    Here in Florida it’s not uncommon for women to just wear sports bras due to the heat and humidity. This doesn’t look staged, as she looks genuinely irked. As for the book, who knows? Maybe she jogs somewhere, reads for a bit, then jogs back to the hotel.

    It seems like this site is kind of hard on Emma, and I can’t see that she’s done anything to really deserve the criticism (same with a few others like Rachel Bilson).

  23. kiko says:

    if she wasn’t holding that book i would say leave the girl alone.but this is obviously staged..

  24. Runs with Scissors says:

    looks like she’s holding a book, any book, so that she can bury her face in it on a stationary bike and be left ALONE (and not have to read a stupid tabloid) at the gym.

    She looks great and low key, as Hautie said above, I’d say not staged, just stalked.

    I think she’s lovely.

  25. Missy says:

    I don’t really care for Emma, but I must admit that her figure is really cute.

  26. tuttie says:

    Aside from the Kardashians, another celeb wanna be that calls the paps to snap her pics is Alessandra Ambrosio. Oh God I hate hate those #$@#$!

    Emma’s doesn’t look staged imo.

  27. Chloeeeee says:

    people carry books all the time. okay so jessica alba sporting “Monster of God” might have been pushing it, maybe these two should switch books then i’ll believe Yessica Alba’s reading that one. But Emma doesn’t look staged. You get hot working out, and if it is staged-she did a great job of still looking unaware

  28. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    I love that she looks normal…..she’s not skin and bones, she’s not creepy skeletor looking (coughleannrimescough)…she’s NORMAL! Wooo!!

  29. Liana says:

    I bring a book with me to the gym and read while I’m on the elliptical.

  30. Rog says:

    Staged or not, I see no problem here.

    At least Emma is *wearing* a bra of some kind. I can think of dozens of female celebs who could take a serious lesson.

  31. Anguishedcorn says:

    I think she is adorable with a perfect figure. That’s the kind of figure I’d chose, if I could.

  32. June says:

    Holy Moly! Great Bod!

  33. jay says:

    with her hair pulled back, I get Alison Lohman vibes. Which isn’t a bad thing.

  34. Emese says:

    First i thought she is a little chubby, but at the last picture i can see she has such a nice body shape! and i think her outfit is just perfect for the gym when its warm, whats the matter with it? i usually wear a tank over my sport bra, but if it would be hot maybe i wouldnt.
    and i don’t know if its a trend or not, but i do like to read in the gym lol on the climber :)

  35. Mae says:

    Aw I love Emma! It’s definitely not staged, she probably was just reading the book on the treadmill or something. This cite is so hard on Emma, she hasn’t done anything! at least she’s wearing a bra :)

  36. Louise says:

    A lot of women wear only sports bras when working out. Not sure why people think this is staged for that reason. Also I read when I go to the gym. I get bored on the treadmill and stationary bike. Although it’s usually magazines or previously read books. Also if you were staging something, wouldn’t you want to look at your absolute best and reading something more substantial?

  37. Bunnywabba says:

    Not posed at all, I’m guessing. My main evidence is that she isn’t that type of girl. She doesn’t try to get a ton of attention in case you haven’t noticed.

  38. skeptical says:

    i vote Not Staged.
    hell even i dress like this when it gets warm enough.. and i am a reader, especially when doing something boring like treadmills.
    also on the Harry potter special features there were group interviews with the Potter kids and even as a little kid Emma seemed like an avid reader. Dan and Rupert even joked how once they had all been assigned to write a paper about their characters and Dan and Rupert just scrawled something out then Emma came in with something nicely typewritten and several pages long and Emma was cutely embarrassed as the boys recounted it.

    So yea, I vote Not Staged.

  39. Echee says:

    Heck yeah it was staged. Who takes a book to the gym to workout? You’re not there to read.

  40. Isa says:

    She has a nice figure.

    And why would you want to show off a Chicken Soup book?

  41. OtherChris says:

    Half the women at my gym go around like this. I think she looks adorable. This girl can do no wrong–she’s smart and cute and seems like she has a good head on her shoulders.

  42. L says:

    Well, if she were heading to the gym to use a treadmill, I know plenty of people who read while the run. Just saying.