Emma Watson, whom we first met when she stole the screen in the Harry Potter films as the fierce know-it-all Hermione Granger, is an incredible actress and activist.
She’s every bit as much of a feminist as her character was, and over the years we’ve seen her take a stand on a number of important women’s issues. The actress, who is currently promoting her new film, a remake of Little Women by Greta Gerwig, has some thoughts on being a single woman approaching 30, and she just shared them in a new interview.
Watson might be a single lady, but she says she prefers the term “self-partnered.” In an interview in the November issue with British Vogue, the 29-year-old said that while it took her some time to feel grounded in being on her own, she’s now very content.
“I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” Watson said. “I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”
Watson spoke about a particular struggle many women approaching 30 often feel — the anxiety about being at the end of your 20s and alone. “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 said. The term “self-partnered,” however, is a great way to think about the single life and how choosing to be on your own can be incredibly liberating.
Little Women — which she stars in alongside Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep — hits theaters on Christmas Day.
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