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Emma Watson Addresses Beauty & the Beast's Stockholm Syndrome Accusations

Emma Watson is opening up about concerns that her upcoming Beauty and the Beast movie features the psychological phenomenon of Stockholm syndrome (aka feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor).

The 26-year-old actress disagrees with any accusations of the sort, as she thought carefully about playing Belle before taking on the role, making sure she didn’t portray her as a victim.

“It’s something I really grappled with at the beginning: the Stockholm-syndrome question,” she told Entertainment Weekly in its February 24th/March 3rd 2017 issue. “That’s where a prisoner will take on the characteristics of and fall in love with the captor. Belle actively argues and disagrees with [Beast] constantly.”

“She has none of the characteristics of someone with Stockholm syndrome because she keeps her independence; she keeps that freedom of thought,” Emma went on. “I also think there is a very intentional switch where, in my mind, Belle decides to stay. She’s giving him hell. There is no sense of ‘I need to kill this guy with kindness.’ Or any sense that she deserves this. In fact, she gives as good as she gets. He bangs on the door, she bangs back. There’s this defiance that ‘You think I’m going to come and eat dinner with you and I’m your prisoner – absolutely not.’”

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Emma Watson Reveals Belle's Superpower in 'Beauty & the Beast'

Emma Watson is opening up about how she wanted to make sure she gave her Beauty and the Beast character, Belle, some serious consideration before agreeing to take on the role.

The 26-year-old actress shared her thoughts in an interview with Entertainment Weekly for its February 24th/March 3rd 2017 issue – aka the Beauty and the Beast preview issue.

Here’s what Emma had to share with the mag:

On Belle’s superpower: “What’s so beautiful about this story as a whole is this idea that Belle is able to see past these extraneous, external, superficial qualities of Beast. She is able to see deeper, and that’s one of her special powers. It is her superpower: empathy.”

Also in the issue, Emma reveals what struggles she sees today for women and girls, as well as the movie that made her decide to not quit acting. EW also looks into how the Beauty and the Beast design team crafted the Beast’s ballroom.

Check out Emma‘s cover below, and don’t miss the issue when it hits newsstands tomorrow (February 17)!

For more from Emma, head to EntertainmentWeekly.com.

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Emma Watson Gives Out $2 Advice at Grand Central Station

It turns out you can solicit life advice from Emma Watson for a very reasonable price.

The 26-year-old Beauty and the Beast star took part in an interesting experiment this week when she dished out advice to random people via an iPad screen at Grand Central Station in New York City.

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Author Derek Blasberg walked around the terminal with a makeshift stand on his back that had Emma live-streaming from the Apple product.

“So I just ‘ran’ into Emma Watson at Grand Central giving advise for $2 through an iPad booth… #welcometoNY #keepitwierd #emmawatson,” one onlooker captioned an Instagram video.

Another wrote, “Just Emma Watson giving life advice in grand central station”

It’s unclear what the project is for, but there was a camera crew following him around.

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Emma Watson's Dior Dress Tells an Entire Story

Emma Watson looks stunning while stepping out for the 2017 Elle Style Awards after party on Monday night (February 13) in London, England.

The 26-year-old actress looked stunning in a Dior Haute Couture “tarot” ecru silk taffeta dress with hand-painted and embroidered tarot motifs.

The incredible detail on the dress makes it look like an entire story is being told on it!

A new preview for Emma‘s upcoming movie Beauty and the Beast was just released to celebrate Valentine’s Day and you can watch it below. The movie will be hitting theaters on March 17.

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Emma Watson Joins Tom Hanks in New 'The Circle' Trailer - Watch Now! (Video)

The brand-new trailer for Emma Watson‘s The Circle has dropped, and you can watch it right here!

The clip addresses the question of whether or not people would act better or worse if they were being watched all the time.

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In the film – whose eerie concept is based on the novel by Dave EggersEmma plays a young woman who snags a job at a prestigious tech company testing out an invasive new experiment.

The trailer also features Tom Hanks and John Boyega, among others.

Don’t miss The Circle when it hits theaters on April 28, and watch the trailer below in the meantime! (You can watch the first trailer here if you missed it.)


The Circle | Official Trailer | In Theaters April 28, 2017

'Beauty & The Beast' Debuts Final Trailer Featuring Ariana Grande & John Legend Duet - Watch Now!

Beauty and the Beast just debuted a brand new trailer and it’s absolutely stunning.

The two and half minute trailer not only features tons of new footage but it also gives a sneak peek at Ariana Grande and John Legend‘s “Beauty and the Beast” duet.

In the final trailer for the highly anticipated film, fans get a look at Emma Watson‘s Belle as she winds up at the Beast’s castle and cares for him as they fall in love.

Beauty and the Beast is set to hit theaters on March 17.

Check out the brand new trailer below…

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Someone Repainted Emma Watson's Belle Doll to Make It More Realistic

After fans complained that Emma Watson‘s Belle doll for Beauty and the Beast looked nothing like her, one artist has repainted her face.

Noel Cruz shared his creation on Facebook and it definitely looks more like Emma. Check it out below!

“A Tale of Two Belle’s (before and after) custom repaint of Disney Store Emma Watson Belle doll..just a few more touches to the hair left,” he wrote. “Thank you for all your comments regarding the disproportion of the body. I will try to find a more suitable body. Wish me luck!”

Beauty and the Beast also stars Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.

It hits theaters on March 17.

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