Watching Emma Watson grow up through the Harry Potter series as the brilliant and confident Hermoine Granger may make it hard to believe that the actress is quite grown up. However, through her various recent roles including Belle in the Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, and her most recent role in Pretty Woman, , as well as her ongoing dedication to various activist campaigns and groups, this star, is the perfect role model for girls of all ages.
Whether she’s inspiring young girls to be proud of their intelligence or offering relatable advice to 20-year-olds about the world of dating and societal pressures, Emma Watson remains one of the most influential young women of our time. Recently, she spoke candidly about her pursuit of love and turning 30. The pressures put on women to follow a set “plan” were not lost on Watson, as she discussed her feelings about love, children, and career aspirations with British Vogue.
“There is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around [turning 30]. 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… you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable part of your career or still figuring things out… there’s this incredible amount of anxiety,” she said. The anxiety felt from these pressures seems to be something the 29-year-old is working through maturely—accepting her path and the opportunities she’s been given and questioning the roles in which women feel born to fulfill.
Going further into her relationship status, Watson explained the false notion of being “happy single” that so many people try to create. Explaining that she always saw that idea as a huge façade, she recounts that it takes time and conscious effort to be comfortable and happy with yourself.
Without having a romantic partner as a distraction, being single in your 20’s really allows you to sit with your strengths and weaknesses and get to know the inner workings of your heart. Watson calls it being “self-partnered” instead of single and refers to the joys of dating yourself.
Though the actress’s life may be incredibly different from the typical 30-year-old, her wisdom is not lost in the hearts of many.