Emma Watson: Aging Actor and Activist

Emma Watson talked about her

Emma Watson talked about her "self-partnered" relationship status in an interview with Vogue.

Avery Haan, Staff Reporter

Famous Harry Potter actor, Emma Watson, opened up recently about aging. Watson is 29 and will be turning 30 in April. About the matter, she said, “I was like, ‘Why does everyone make such a big fuss about turning 30? This is not a big deal. Cut to 29, and I’m like, ‘oh my God, I feel so stressed and anxious, and I realize it’s because there is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around.'” She proceeded to dissect the cultural stigmas attached to aging. “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, or you’re still figuring things out … There’s just this incredible amount of anxiety,” she explained. Luckily, Watson has found a way to combat these pressures. On her relationship status, Watson said,  “I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she said. “I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy … I call it being self-partnered.” As one twitter user put perfectly, “The takeaway from this piece isn’t the term “self-partnered”, but the fact that you can be a BAFTA recipient, UN Goodwill Ambassador, and a beloved icon of a generation of women, and people will still ask if you feel like a failure because you’re 30 and not married with kids.” Junior Gracie Sandidge agrees. She said, “I really like how Emma Watson puts a positive spin on a negative stereotype. She encourages girls everywhere that they don’t need to be in a relationship to be successful!”

One thing Watson mentioned about her platform and her fame is, “That’s another thing I’ve sat in therapy and felt really really guilty about to be honest is like, why me?…Somebody else would have enjoyed and wanted this aspect of it more than I did. I struggle with, I’ve wrestled a lot with the guilt around that. I should be enjoying this more. I should be more excited, and I’m actually really struggling.” That’s why the actress began using her position as an opportunity to advocate for the things she’s passionate about, one of those being societal views and pressures on women. Watson was appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, where she promotes gender equality and backs the HeForShe campaign. She is also a huge supporter of women’s education, and traveled to Bangladesh and Zambia to help. “The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly,” she expressed. Her hope is to become a role model for all women, whether they are old, young, single, or partnered. The actress/activist continues to impact many through her passions.