British Hollywood actress Emma Watson became a household name around the world, thanks to her role as Hermione Granger in the hit Harry Potter movie franchise, making her one of the biggest names in the world. Emma has since decided to use her fame to help others and has become a big spokesperson for gender equality, giving a speech about it back in 2014. The actress has now opened up about her UN gender equality speech, admitting that the aftermath was worse than she could have imagined.
Watson said, "I was very nervous before that speech. The nerves were followed by a tremendous high immediately afterwards, and a crashing low a few days after that. My best hopes and my worst fears were confirmed all at once. I had opened Pandora’s Box to a standing ovation and almost simultaneously a level of critique I had never experience in my life, and the beginning of what would become a series of threats."
She then went on to added, "The last two years have been a baptism of fire to say the least where I learnt just how little I know and also how much. It was my scary first step as an activist – a word I never thought I would use to describe myself."
As far as her acting career is concerned, Emma Watson will next appear on the big screen in the role of Belle in the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, which is set to hit the big screen on March 17, 2017 in both the US and the UK.