While we cannot stop gushing over the actress in the movie, did you know this was not supposed to be her first chance to play a Disney princess?
Cinderella was played by Downton Abbey star Lily James but the film was criticised over Lily's unrealistically tiny waist in her corseted costume, with reports that the actress had to stick to a liquid-only diet to fit into her outfits. When she was offered the part of Belle, she felt that the character really resonated with her more than Cinderella did.
According to Cinema Blend, in a new interview, Emma Watson opened up about the last time she was offered a part as a Disney princess and what ultimately led to her taking on the role of Belle. In a way, it challenges the status quo of where they live, and I find it very inspiring.
Emma added, "She manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view". This means that she will not be swayed by people who choose to scapegoat others, nor any type of fear-mongering.
"That's the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice", she continued. After numerous roles in the movies, Emma Watson slips into the skin of one of the most popular Disney princesses, Belle.
The Beauty and the Beast trailers have made it clear that Watson is the flawless Belle. Like the character who made her known Hermione Granger, the actress has similarities. She even helped give the film a modern makeover. She was assured by the director Bill Condon as they collaborated on the story line, turning Belle into an inventor, like her father Maurice. These are two things that Belle clearly represents and conveys to viewers through her love of reading and her interest in mechanics and inventing.
Watson stars alongside Dan Stevens as the beast, with a razzly dazzly supporting cast including Sir Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Ewan McGregor.
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, 2017.