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Monday 20 October 2014

Watson: I saw loads of reality TV

Emma Watson says she avoided roles with corsets

Emma Watson has revealed that she prepared for her Bling Ring role by watching "a ton of reality TV".

The former Harry Potter star plays Nicki, the pole-dancing 'Valley vixen' of the notorious Hollywood Bling Ring, a group of teens who reportedly stole from celebrity homes in 2008 and 2009, in Sofia Coppola's film.

"I was doing an English course. So I would go from reading Virginia Woolf to [watching] Kim Kardashian. I kind of loved it, this mix of super-high and super-low culture," she told the UK edition of GQ magazine.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower actress admitted she hates her character - but chose to take the role so she wouldn't be typecast.

"When I read the script and I realised that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it's become to our society, I had to do it. The character is everything that I felt strongly against - she's superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She's all of these things and I realised that I hated her," she said.

The 22-year-old added: "How do you play someone you hate? But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job, or my role as an actress, could be."

Emma - who is dressed up as Nicki on the magazine's May cover - said that she wanted to avoid being pigeonholed in period dramas or "Harry Potter"-like films.

"I was open-minded about doing anything, but the one thing I didn't want to do was get myself into a corset because I was worried I'd never get out again," she said.

"I knew it would be a really comfortable thing to do, but I felt.... I had to dive into something really different. This has been a really big departure for me; it's a really big character."

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