As she nears her 30th birthday in April 2020, Watson reflected on the societal pressures women face when approaching the supposed milestone age.
“I was like, ‘Why does everyone make such a big fuss about turning 30? This is not a big deal,'” the Harry Potter alum told British Vogue. “Cut to 29, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I feel so stressed and anxious.’”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower star went on, adding, “I realize it’s because there is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around. If you have not built a home, if you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby, and you are turning 30, and you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career … There’s just an incredible amount of anxiety.”
Being one of the most recognizable women in Hollywood has made dating a little challenging, as Watson previously told Glamour in 2012. “Anyone I get photographed with is automatically my boyfriend,” the Brown University graduate teased.
Despite confessing she had “all these ideas” about what her life would look like at 30 years old, Watson admitted to British Vogue that she won’t be settling down anytime soon.
“I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she continued. “It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”
The revealing interview coincides with the next step in Watson’s career: playing Meg March in Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated Little Women adaptation. Though her character’s dream of being a wife and mother may not seem empowering to some, Watson argues that Meg’s is a feminist decision.
“Meg says, ‘You know, I love him and I’m really happy and this is what I want,” Watson said. “’And just because my dreams are different from yours, it doesn’t mean they’re unimportant.'”
Emma Watson's Red Carpet Style
Emma Watson's Red Carpet Style
Emma looked positively adorable at the "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone" premiere. Check out those shoes!
Emma went for a boho vibe for the London premiere of "Scooby-Doo."
Watson made this bohemian dress a little rocker-chic with a leather jacket for the "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Premiere in L.A.
Emma was comfy in flats for the "Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban" premiere.
Emma wore this kimono-inspired dress to the "Wimbledon" London Premiere.
Watson starts to dabble in heels for the BAFTA Film Awards in 2005.
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" brought out the "garden party" side of Ms. Watson.
We're not even sure what's going on here, but we hope Emma retired this one!
Emma tried for more of a glitzy-glam look on this red carpet, but we think she was a little overwhelmed by the feathers.
Emma looked bright and glowing in this white embellished dress with silver flats.
Emma wore this bright blue shirtdress to the National Movie Awards in London.
Metallic and black accessories made this white dress a little but edgier.
A little sparkle and a lot of glam, Emma looked lovely for the 2008 National Movie Awards.
Emma fit the part for the Diesel xXx Rock & Roll Circus event, wearing a funky black and metallic dress.
Emma proved she's all grown up in this dress she chose for the "The Tale of Despereaux" premiere.
Emma looked lovely in this gown for the Orange British Academy Film Awards.
We love the leather top of this dress for the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
Taking heels to new heights, Emma shows her fashionista side for the Spring/Summer Burberry show at London Fashion Week.
Emma looked totally glam at the Costume Institute Gala Benefit in 2010.
After cutting her hair super short in a pixie cut few can pull off as well as she, Emma rocked a super short dress for the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1."
Looking lovely in a nude gown, it's all about the lace and one shoulder.
Between the embellished shoulders and silver shoes, Watson was a standout at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.
Hel-lo volume! Watson stole the show at the "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" world premiere.
Well, we can't say we love the outfit, but at least she's willing to make a statement on the red carpet!
Watson has a rebellious schoolgirl vibe going with this leather over plaid look.
Between the separates and the peplum, all we can say is love, love, love.
Emma chose the perfect lip shade to match her dress at the Lancome Pre-BAFTA Party.
We absolutely adore this graphic patterned, edgy dress Emma chose for the MTV Movie Awards.
It may not be everyone's taste, but you have to admit, Emma rocked this dress! Confidence is at least 50% of good style.
A low-back dress is always a go-to for a girl who wants to look and feel sexy, so we approve of Emma's choice for the premiere of "Perks of Being a Wallflower."
Emma was stunning in this white ensemble, and we give props to anyone who wears something so unique!
Emma looked completely glamorous in this dress for ELLE's 19th Annual Women in Hollywood event.
Clearly a lover of bold prints, Emma rocked this multi-colored dress to the People's Choice Awards.
Emma attended the MTV Movie Awards the day before her birthday to receive the Trailblazer Award, and she wore a dress true to her style as of late. We thought it was a home run.