Emma Watson covers the NYT Fall Fashion mag: lovely or too eyeliner-y?

I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter what I say about Emma Watson, good or bad, Emma’s fan-girls are going to throw hissy fits. So I might as well just get on with it. Emma covers the New York Times “T Style Women’s Fashion Fall 2012” issue, which I believe is the NYT Magazine cover this weekend. I like the photos, generally speaking. Emma’s hair is growing out nicely, I love the diamond earrings and some of the clothes featured in the shoot. My only two complaints? Her eye makeup is too heavy (the liquid eyeliner looks worse than Duchess Kate’s), and I dislike the Kardashian-esque open-mouth pose. You can read the full NYT profile of Emma here – she’s on the cover because she’s promoting The Perks of Being A Wallflower, where she’s trying out her American accent for the first time in a film. The NYT piece is kind of meh – it’s written by a man who is not an Emma fan-girl, so it comes across as “making the effort not to fawn on this young actress.” Some highlights from the piece:

Her American accent: “My grandma said — when I was really young and I’d sing along to the radio — why do you sing in an American accent? I guess it was because a lot of the music I was listening to had American vocalists. And that was something [m director Steve Chbosky] said to me as well: try singing the lines in an American accent. That kind of opened me up. Then I worked with a dialogue coach and I just put in the time to really, really listen and just go over it and over it and over it until I could do it without thinking about it too hard. And I just knew it was really important.”

Why hasn’t she done more films before now? “I think at first I didn’t because I was always either studying or filming, I didn’t have time to go off and do other films or other things to sort of show people that, Oh, she is not just Hermione, she is an actress and she can go and do these other parts and roles. . . . I didn’t, because I was so focused on, you know, on my GCSEs and on my AS and on my A-levels and then getting in to university and then whatever, I didn’t really have time to do any of that.”

How did she enjoy Brown University? “My first two years at Brown weren’t easy, not because I was bullied or because anyone gave me a particularly hard time, but just because, you know, without the collegiate system . . . and at Brown everyone does completely different things and very much chooses their own path, which is great, but it’s also much more difficult, too. You’re not with a group of people all the time at one time.”

Parental advice: “Yeah, I think I’ve been lucky in that neither of my parents got swept up in it, it wasn’t something they wanted for me, it wasn’t something that they were overawed by. They gave me the best advice they could, and I think they gave me very good advice. But my mum particularly said, ‘Right, you’re going to go into these interviews and they’re going to ask you anything they feel like asking you, and every time they ask you a question, think about whether you’d be comfortable discussing it with a stranger.’ ”

Finding her career on the upswing: “I’m not really sure how I’ve managed to do it.” But then she got a little more real: “I guess weirdly in my head I knew what I wanted, I didn’t know how it would or if it would ever happen. But before ‘Bling Ring,’ I said I’d really wanted to meet Sofia Coppola and — this is before I knew that she had a film in mind — ended up meeting her. And Darren was someone who actually I met a good year ago. And then I’m doing a film with Guillermo [del Toro] next summer, and I went to him and said Warner Brothers have given me the script for ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ but the only way I’d really want to do it is if you did it. And then miraculously he said, ‘Oh, funnily enough ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is my favorite fairy tale, I can’t let anyone else do this, I’ll start putting a team together.’ ”

Fame: Nowadays, while she can walk around fairly happily in quiet areas of London or New York, there are plenty of other places that are off-limits: “If I went to somewhere busy, I wouldn’t last very long. I can’t go to a museum, I’ll last 10 or 15 minutes in a museum. The problem is that when one person asks for a photograph, then someone sees a flash goes off, then everyone else sort of . . . it’s sort of like a domino effect. And then very quickly the situation starts to get out of control to a point where I can’t manage it on my own.”

[From The NYT]

See? It’s not a particularly dishy interview. I did find her answer to the Brown Univ. question interesting – she reiterated that she was NOT bullied and no one “gave me a particularly hard time” – meaning that some people teased her but it didn’t bother her, I wonder? As for the discussion of “At Brown everyone does completely different things and very much chooses their own path, which is great, but it’s also much more difficult, too. You’re not with a group of people all the time at one time.” I’m not sure what this means? Are British universities really that different in how they treat first and second-year students and the general curriculum? Or is this Emma’s way of saying that she was just unaccustomed to the wildly different atmosphere of American college life, and she basically had culture shock?

Photos courtesy of NYT Mag, via The Fashion Spot.

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  1. the original bellaluna says:

    She’s incredibly cute to me, but I’m really not liking the Dame Elizabeth Eyeliner trend of late.

    Ladies, find your own style. (That’s why these ladies you’re copying are considered icons. Look it up.)

  2. Lulu says:

    In England say you study psychology the majority of your lectures will be with the same people, so you get to know your group pretty well.

    • Liv says:

      In Germany we do have study courses which are completely planned, like schedules in school, and we do have study courses where you have to plan your schedule by yourself – so maybe that’s what she meant. I know many people who feel a bit lost after school, because they need to organize themselves and don’t have strong connections with other students (because in every class are different people – when you have a schedule there are usually the same people).

      Each to their own, I guess.

      Oh, and she’s so beautiful! Very beautiful face! (Hermione forever :-) )

    • chaser says:

      Yep. In Oz it depends on your course but majority go through with the same people.

    • RocketMerry says:

      It’s like that in Italy too. You have a pretty tight schedule and only in the last years of University you can choose a few courses (only in some departments and mostly from a restricted pool of classes) that may differ from those chosen by your usual class mates.
      And highschool is much, much more rigid in that sense: you choose amongst scientific, artistic, linguistic, classical or professional highschool at 14 y.o. and that is it, for the next 5 years you study the same subjects with the same people (and never change classroom: it’s the professor that travels from class to class). Which makes for really intense friendships, and sometimes terribly strong, horrible, detestable bullying.

  3. ladybert62 says:

    She is not a pretty girl and the weird hairdo and eyeliner detracts from her already average looks.

  4. Ellen says:

    She might be comparing Brown to Cambridge or Oxford, where in addition to signing up for a major right from the start (and there’s really very little room for “undecided” in the British system, at least the older unis: you start off in a specific program depending on the scores on your A-levels), you are also assigned to a college, where you live and eat and socialize. It IS in fact very different, socially and academically, because you have this vast structure around you, keeping you on a path. You’re taking classes with all the other people in your department (often, you’re taking classes with only the people in your college in that department), you’re socializing — literally behind walls at Oxbridge — with a small group of people. Of course everyone goes far outside those boundaries for sports and clubs and parties but the boundaries exist, which probably provides a nice little shelter in the early months when it’s all so overwhelming.

    Brown in particular would be vastly different: not only is it dorm life instead of a college but you’re not even seeing a limited group of people in your classes because there are no set majors. I totally understand what she’s saying — but I hope it was just harder than she expected, not a total surprise, because she should have done her research, right?

    • Kate (from Canada) says:

      i think you explained it really well. i had never really thought of the differences between the two before.

      • hoya_chick says:

        Yep, the one American equivalent I can think of/have been exposed to is Princeton. You have to live and socialize with the people you are in the same college with which turned me off. I wanted the freedom to be around people outside of what I was studying. It’s rigid in the way it’s structured but I can see why some people gravitate towards it but it just wasn’t for me.

        I met Emma in person a year or so ago and she is so tiny and elf like! Very pretty though.

      • EmmaV1 says:

        Harvard has a similar system, where all the freshman live in this quad (forgot what it’s called) and then afterwards, you basically live in the same house/dormitory for the next 3 years and you walk with your house during graduation and stuff…So basically they like divide the 1400 person class by five or something, so it’s much easier to get to know people and lower-level classmen too.

        At my college, I was in a diff dorm every year, except you could choose to move in a group with up to 5 friends (yourself included)

  5. Amelia says:

    She’s been annoying the living daylights out of me recently, for some unknown reason. I’ve no idea why. I guess I just don’t buy the saccharine sweet image she still has.

  6. Katie says:

    I think she’s referring to the way Brown does “majors”. I’m not very familiar with it, but I think you basically create your own major and do your own thing, whereas at other Universities, if you were an English major, you would probably have classes with familiar faces. That’s my understanding of it, but I could be wrong.

  7. babythastarsshinebrite says:

    Lovely. She has style.

  8. Lindy says:

    I will give eyeliner like this a pass when it’s for a magazine shoot or something of that sort. It would be way too heavy and showy for daily wear.

  9. Valerie says:

    I’m glad they didn’t airbrush out her freckles.

  10. Birdie says:

    Yup, I am a fan-girl. She was such a huge party of my childhood and teenage years and she will forever have a place in my heart (yeah I am that cheesy).
    She looks gorgeous here.

  11. Tanguerita says:

    Very pretty indeed. But I’m absolutely mystified by the fact that she is so in demand as an actress. Emma is a nice girl for sure, but she couldn’t act to save her life.

  12. Anguishedcorn says:

    I love her style, and I love the photo shoot. I love the look of well-done cat-eye eyeliner.

  13. Dibba says:

    Chick takes herself way too seriously

  14. jules says:

    I actually really like the eyeliner. I mean, not for every day just hanging out, going to work, or whatever, but I think it would be really cool for a night out.

  15. Jennifer12 says:

    I do like the makeup and styling, maybe because it seems a bit Sherlock Holmes or enormously British. I like that it’s not typical. It evokes the 60s to me: very Jane Asher.

  16. TG says:

    Love the photos and she is well-spoken unlike Kristen Stewart who can’t string a sentence together without the F Word.

  17. Janet says:

    She’s very pretty and seems to be intelligent and well-grounded.

    That winged eyeliner doesn’t look good on anybody.

  18. Gin Genie says:

    In most British universities you enroll on an honours program. You have to do compulsory courses, and depending on your subject this can leave no time for general. For instance, I did biochemistry and physiology. I had 3 labs a week, 9-5 lectures every day, and I had no options to do any general subjects (when I did get an option it was an either or, anatomy or synthetic organic chemistry). I think we specialise fairly early, so you’ve already dropped a number of subjects before you get to Uni.

    I now work in a Canadian Uni, and it’s much closer to the American system here. I think it’s better in terms of producing well rounded people, but it takes a lot longer to get to the same level in your specific subject.

  19. Reece says:

    Question: So exactly how does Brown work? Ex. You take a lot of English classes and at the end of 4yrs they say “Oh you took a lot of English classes so you’ll get a BA in English Lit”? Or you took a lot of biology classes so you’re a BS in Biology. Is it really that much of a rich kid school?

    I like the eyeliner in the puffy shirt picture. The rest are meh. Pageboy pic is cute!

  20. Leen says:

    Well, it’s because British university courses don’t leave a lot of room to take more general classes. Unless you are joint honours, you tend to stick with the same faces because you take the same lectures and modules.

  21. T.C. says:

    I like her but her I’m not convinced that she is any thing special as an actress. She needs a lead role.

  22. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Still prefer to see a fashion model, she gets enough attention and makes enough money, a few postings back nev mentioned joan smalls for the sept. vogue cover instead of you know who, how about Joan or Coca Rocha or Kemp Muhl. Just sayin, do these actressess not get enough pub as it is?

  23. Madlein says:

    I like the Photoshoot, I don’t know what the Problem of some People is. Maybe it’s Taste. As for being a Actress, I like her, but I don’t see her as a Hollywood Sorceress, but nice Reference to Harry Potter.

  24. miriam says:

    She is bland. The interviewer should have asked her why her education isn’t so important to her now. She’s dropped university twice, and yet considered her GCSEs and A Levels more important than acting.

    She can’t act anyway. People shouldn’t be considering her a success post Potter until the reviews, audience response and box office is established for her upcoming films. Just because she has been cast doesn’t mean she is any good. She practically admits to approaching Coppola and Del Toro for those roles anyway. So she probably didn’t even audition. She’s just using her Potter connection to land roles instead of becoming a decent talent.

  25. mzthirtyeight says:

    Kinda Edie Sedgwick-like in these photos-I love them. Though, and I appear to be the minority here, I’m often a fan of dramatic eyeliner, etc.

  26. Grace says:

    She’s adorable. She has lovely bone structure and the eyeliner is nice. People should remember that she’s still young. She will grow as an actress if she studies. There’s no need to put her in botox, thick makeup, and fake boobs just because that’s how most American women feel most comfortable.

  27. Black Pearl says:

    I’m a proud Emma fan. I think she’s very pretty and an amazing actress. I love this photo shoot and the heavy makeup is just for the shoot so I’m ok with it. Emma Rocks

  28. Hmmm says:

    She’s not particularly compelling or interesting, is she? If not for Harry Potter, no fashion mags would give her the time of day.

  29. lulu says:

    lovely!, she is so cute, I like the eyeliner I am watching HP right now lol pretty much not watching it but it’s on tv

  30. MiMi says:


    Do stars have their own make-up artists and stylists for photo shoots? Meaning, do they determine the look of the shoot, or do they just show up and the magazine/photographer says “this is the look I want”?

  31. fd says:

    Can fashion people stop trying to make this girl happen? She’s not interesting.

    • Mrs. Ari Gold says:

      This ^^

      She looks totally out of her element and out of place. This is going to sound mean but she has no talent and no charisma – she is just LUCKY. Any actress who had landed that role in Harry Potter would now be in this position – the studios think they can make money off of her now since has so much name & face recognition with the millions of people who saw the Harry Potter movies – that’s the demographic they are desperate to reach.

      Waiting for these movies to bomb and that she go away forever. Please god.

  32. kibbles says:

    I like Emma although I’m not a fangirl in any way shape or form, so I can be objective about her positives and negatives. I think she is a pretty girl in a very plain way. Someone mentioned Twiggy. Yeah, she definitely reminds me of Twiggy. I was never in love with the Twiggy model types; much too thin. That is how I feel about Emma. She has an attractive face and the body type to wear designer clothes well because she doesn’t have curves. I wouldn’t call her the most beautiful woman in the world which many of these beauty lists have claimed. As for her acting, she still has to prove herself as a solid actress beyond her Harry Potter role. I’ve only seen her in My Week With Marilyn and that was a very small part in the film. I can’t judge her acting based on that part. Her acting in Harry Potter was sufficient for a child star. Nothing spectacular but she wasn’t awful either. I’m just kinda meh about her. I do like that she seems to have her head on straight and isn’t partying hard in Hollywood. I think she is too smart to do that because she knows it would tarnish her image and damage her career prospects. I wish she would stay true to her word and stay in school without taking so many breaks. I feel like many of these stars who go to the Ivy League only go because they can and aren’t really serious about their studies. They know they can skip class, postpone their studies, and get special privileges that normal students don’t usually get and still earn their diploma.

  33. judyjudy says:

    Love, love, lovity love love love.

  34. dizzy says:

    Such a pretty and sweet girl. Sure, she still has a long way in becoming a much better actress. She was fine in HP and her role in that “My Week with Marilyn” was so small. She’s a hardworking girl and I can’t wait to see her in her new films.

  35. Artemis says:

    “I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter what I say about Emma Watson, good or bad, Emma’s fan-girls are going to throw hissy fits”

    So all this time you were trying to make her fans dislike her?Why would somebody do that>Jealus nuch…or a blind hater?

    Anyway,i find her really pretty!I used not to like her!I don’t know why!While i loved movie hermione i could not stand the actress playing her!But she really grew on me over the past years!Especially when i saw “the perks of being a wallflower”…my mind was blown!Emma Watson blew it!She is really talented and GOD she will take the world by strom!

  36. Tess K says:

    I think she looks glam and mature. The eyeliner is fun. Very 60s.

    Don’t love the newsboy cap so much… what’s with those lately??

    (Speaking of which: Have you seen this yet? Humorous skewering of the fall ads – caps included: http://imissyouwheniblink.com/2012/08/21/truth-in-advertising-10-lessons-of-fall/)