While some fans may know her only as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter franchise, actress Emma Watson has been slowly expanding her filmography over the years, and has truly begun to shine as a performer.
This April 15th, the star will be turning 28. To celebrate her and all that she has accomplished, here are just a few of our favorite films from her catalogue.
When it was announced that Emma would be portraying the live-action version of Belle, no one was more skeptical than I. I couldn’t get the iconic Hermione Granger out of my head. But Emma proved us all wrong when the film premiered, bringing all of our childhood fantasies to life and slipping into the role so effortlessly.
Emma proved once and for all that she is more than just a goody-two shoes when she starred in Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring, a film that tells the true tale of a group of obsessive fans that somehow manage to use the internet and social media to track celebs and use that knowledge to break into and rob their homes.
The film, based on the novel of the same name, is a coming-of-age drama that hides a dark truth that lies beyond its captivating moments. Here, Emma portrays Sam, a character that our teenaged selves would have undoubtedly loved.
When director Darren Aronofsky brought the biblical tale of Noah and the Ark to life, he aptly cast Russell Crowe in the lead role. Backing him up is a strong supporting cast of characters, including Emma Watson as Ila.
Without mentioning every single film in the Harry Potter franchise, we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about Azkaban, the film in which Hermione got to punch that weasel Draco Malfoy right in the kisser. Not only that, she got an excellent storyline of her own that was instrumental in moving the plot forward.
A movie unlike any you’ve probably ever seen is This is the End. This James Franco-led picture is about a group of celebrities (all playing themselves) partying on the night that the world comes to a screeching halt.
In this touching film about a depressed Marilyn Monroe falling for an unassuming production assistant, Watson is cast in a supporting role.
In 2008’s Ballet Shoes, Watson portrays one of three orphans who all have dreams of becoming ballerinas. As schmaltzy as it could have been, this film is actually quite lovely.