Emma Watson doubts her own acting abilities: "I feel like an imposter"

The actress and activist spoke to Vogue U.K. about her film work and her work as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador

Published August 4, 2015 3:11PM (EDT)

Emma Watson       (Reuters/Paul Hackett)
Emma Watson (Reuters/Paul Hackett)

While Emma Watson’s turn as Hermoine Granger in the “Harry Potter” films turned her her one of the world's most recognized and beloved child actresses, Watson tells Vogue U.K. that she has often questioned her own acting abilities.

Asked whether acting was something that came naturally to her, the 25-year-old actress responded: "It's something I've really wrestled with. I've gone back and I've quizzed my parents. When I was younger, I just did it. I just acted. It was just there."

Echoing the sentiments of another Hollywood woman, Diablo Cody, who once said she suffered from 'imposter syndrome,' Watson continued: "Now when I receive recognition for my acting, I feel incredibly uncomfortable. I tend to turn in on myself. I feel like an imposter.”

While Watson continues to act -- she can next be seen in Alejandro Amenábar's "Regression," alongside Ethan Hawke — much of her attentions lately have been focused on her work in the human rights sphere, such as the #HeForShe movement she launched as part of her work as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. While Watson said that she was “terrified" before giving her iconic UN speech on gender equality last September, she recalls a friend counseling her on Skype to "'Go through it again and ask yourself, if you were hit by a bus tomorrow, would you be comfortable with every single line?'"

Through her work as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, Watson says she has found a new sense of purpose. "Part of me relaxed after I took on that position. it gave me a sense of belonging and purpose,” Watson explained.

"Everything clicked in to place, in a way that it hadn't before. understood what I'm here to do and knew where to channel all this energy that has been coming at me. I now feel this sense of peace," continued said. "People say that I'm different since I did it."

By Anna Silman

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