Emma Watson is taking a year off from acting to get more woke

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Emma Watson Taking Year-Long Break From Acting

You won't be seeing Emma Watson at the movie theater in the foreseeable future, unless that movie theater also doubles as a feminist-book store and women's performance space. As Watson tells bell hooks in the new issue of Paper, she's taking a break from acting and devoting this year to becoming a better intersectional feminist. "My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club," she says. "I'm doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own. I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading." (Plus, her mother told her, "It feels like you'd be trying to prove to everyone that you're smart and trying to prove something by doing that.")

Hooks agrees that some celebrity activism can ring false to many people, and Watson adds that she wants "to do a lot of listening" during her time off: "I do feel like I have to overcompensate at times." Still, the actress says, it's a magical time for her. "It almost feels like the chemistry and the structure of my brain is changing so rapidly sometimes," she explains. "It feels as if sometimes I'm struggling to keep up with myself. It's a really cool period of time for me." Conscientiam Leviosa!

Emma Watson's 2015 year of style:
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Emma Watson is taking a year off from acting to get more woke

January 2015

Watson bundled up in Lond, wearing a parka, ripped jeans and hightop sneakers.

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April 2015

The actress attended the TIME 100 Gala wearing a unique black and charcoal grey Dior ensemble and Eve Fehren jewelry. She carried a Rauwolf clutch.

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April 2015

Watson was spotted at ALX wearing a navy blue and white striped sweater, black trousers and black ankle-strap flats.

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April 2015

Watson was seen again at LAX in APril, this time wearing an oversized black sweater over a collared shirt with black and white striped trousers and white sneakers.

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July 2015

The actress was spotted while shopping in London, wearing a black mock turtleneck sweater, black athletic pants and brown flat sandals.

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August 2015

The actress attended the 'Regression' photocall in Madrid, wearing Christopher Kane and custom black Paul Andrew 'Watson' pumps.

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September 2015

Watson clearly has great airport style, spotted at LAX wearing black jeans, black ankle boots, a charcoal grey T-shirt and a leather jacket.

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October 2015

Backstage at 'Hamilton' in New York City, Watson joked around with actor Andrew Rannells, wearing a chic oversized charcoal grey coat.

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November 2015

Watson continued to rock her favorite all-black look in November in London, sporting black leggings, black Doc Martens and an oversized black knit sweater.

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November 2015

At a screening of 'He Named Me Malala' in England, Watson posed for photos next to Malala Yousafzai wearing a cream blouse and black trousers for an understated, sophisticated look.

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December 2015

Watson arrived at a screening for the documentary 'The True Cost' in London wearing a wool camel coat, all-black belted ensemble and pointy-toed, ankle-strap shoes.

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