Emma Watson has a chat with notable feminist author bell hooks in the latest Paper magazine, noting how hooks has a bit of a crush on Watson due to past takes on gender issues, her work with the UN’s HeForShe movement, and her feminist book club.
The entire chat is full of a lot of love back and forth, but as Vulture points out, the main takeaway is that Watson is apparently stepping away from acting for at least a year. Part of it seems to be involved with her book club, but the other part is aimed at her own personal development and learning:
I know that you read a book a day. My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club. I’m doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own. I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading. That I was learning so much on my own. I actually wanted to keep on the path that I’m on. I’m reading a lot this year, and I want to do a lot of listening.
Watson also explains that she’s just starting “her journey” on finding a way to further female rights and gender equality and on a more personal note, she’s also getting deep into yoga. It’s not like she has to do much acting with all of the success behind the Harry Potter series. Money isn’t a concern.
Also you can’t say you’ve ever found many 25-year-old people who are working with the United Nations. Most personal development at 25 usually revolves around not drinking so much, so that’s cool.