Whether you are a fan of Harry Potter or not, you've probably heard of the lovely 17 year old (April 15, 1990) Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson who has played Hermione Granger, a key role in the Potter franchise, since the beginning.
Now that the fifth movie in the wildly successful series has just been released six years after the first movie (2001), the actress is achieving International stardom.
In the current "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Emma as the grown-up Hermione Granger helps Harry create the top secret Dumbledore Army to fight against the evil Lord Voldemort. The buzz on the latest Potter flick is that it is the "best ever".
When Emma first made her appearance as Hermione she was truly a little girl. This can be verified in many of the current movie's flashbacks. Emma told CBS News that when she sees the return to the past she "see a little girl with chubby cheeks and wild hair".
Which makes total sense since Emma auditioned for the first film as a 10-year-old who had no idea how rich she would become from the series of films for which she is now paid $4 million for appearing in.
The beautiful, talented and very successful young woman who strolled the Red Carpet for the Order of the Phoenix Premiere was almost unrecognizable to that little girl from the very first movie.
Due to the current release of the movie Emma is showing up all over the media to help promote the flick and providing lots of fantastic insights into her life goals including her educational pursuits.
It is clear that Ms. Watson has grown up into a stunning young lady who has beautiful chocolate brown tresses and a very mature head on her shoulders. Even though Emma in on the fast path to super stardom, the A student has chosen to stay in school and continue her education.
Emma has only co-starred in the Harry Potter movies but has still managed to garner several nominations. The beautiful young actress won a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role and a Young Artists Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film.
Committed to the end to Harry Potter, Emma has signed on to appear in the final two installments due out in 2008 and 2010
New Hair Pressures
The brainy little wizard girl has blossomed on all levels since her first appearance on film. Gone are the unkempt strands. Replacing them are lovely light golden brunette tresses with interwoven strips of lighter blonde highlights.
Emma recently told Parade Magazine: "when I was 9 or 10, I would get really upset when they tried to make me look geeky, but now I absolutely love it. I find it’s so much pressure to be beautiful. Hermione doesn’t care what she looks like. She’s a complete tomboy".
Now that the actress is all grown up she has new pressures to look great. This includes wearing her hair in some new styles ranging from long and loose to pinned up in soft hair twists. It also means that every year Emma appears to go even lighter with her hair color.
Emma's Face Shape & Hair Type
Emma has been photographed lately wearing her naturally wavy, medium textured hair in a variety of soft, sassy updos and twists.
Although she wore her below-the-shoulder chocolate brown tresses parted slightly off-center back in 2002 at The Chamber Of Secrets premiere, she now wears her tresses flowing from a deep side part with a few loose strands brushed across her forehead. It's soft but definitely more sophisticated hairstyle than those from the past. Which makes perfect sense since Emma has grown up since those days.
Emma recently showcased her shimmering sun kissed hair at the USA Premiere of The Order Of The Phoenix (7-8-07) where she wore a beautiful white gem encrusted sleeveless dress that cast a creamy glow onto her flawless skin.
Emma has a chin that is slightly pointed giving her a face shape that straddles the boundaries between oval and heart shaped. Wearing her hair brushed to one side minimizes her wider forehead and balances her face shape providing the illusion of a more oval shape.
The lovely actress has beautiful eyes, lashes and well defined eyebrows. She is a perfect candidate for wearing her hair brushed off her face or wrapped in twists and buns.
How To Steal Emma's Look
Whether she wears her hair sleek across the crown, tucked behind her ears in a soft twisted bun or in a sassy French Twist (see instructions below) she looks sweetly sophisticated.
To steal Emma's Red Carpet French Twist Hairstyle complete the following tips:
1. Start by selecting a shampoo with a color safe formula to preserve any gorgeous light highlights or hues like Emma's current soft blonde on brunette hues.
Otherwise, select a shampoo that works with your current texture, type and condition of hair.
Shampoo product to try: Rene Furterer Okara Repairing Shampoo. The Rene Furterer Okara line has been especially created for chemically treated hair (perms, colors, straightening). The Okara Extract (soy protein) restructures and tonifies the most damaged hair for a long lasting color or vigorous curls.
Other shampoo products to try: Phyto Colored Hair System, René Furterer Fiorvanti Anti-Frizz Silkening Shampoo, J.F. Lazartigue Micro Pearl Shampoo for Dry hair.
2 Apply a rinse out conditioner that works for your hair's normal texture, type and condition. Consider trying a color co-ordinated mask to intensify your existing color.
Conditioning products to try: Renè Furterer Okara Restructuring and Protective Radiance Mask , René Furterer Fioravanti Anti Frizz Silkening Conditioner.
3. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to close the cuticle and help add natural shine. This helps to minimize frizz.
4. Towel blot (never rub or rough dry) to remove excess water.5. Coat damp strands with a customized styling product cocktail containing styling tools such as a defrisant, volume building mousse, gel or other styling products that work best with your hair texture and type.
Anti Frizz products to try:
Apply a dab of the Fioravanti Gel defrisant into the palms of your hands and massage well. Apply to the hair concentrating the mixture on the areas that tends to be most unmanageable or attract frizz. Be sure that lengths and ends are well saturated.
Additional Styling products to try: Rene Furterer Anti-Dehydrating Mousse, Robert Hallowell Prawduct - super volumizing tonic - 8.5 oz (250 ml) or Paves Professional FLAWless Red Carpet Firm Hold Repairing Styling Mousse For Dry Damaged Hair.
6. Blow dry using a large round boar's bristle brush (try a Conair Round Brush) for strong, lasting support. Direct the air flow down from the roots towards the end to build in shine and smooth strands.
7. Use fingers to lightly scrunch near the roots for desired volume and lift.
8. Use round brush to lightly roll the ends of the hair under.
9. Finish blow drying with blast of cold air, if possible, which helps to set the style.
10. When hair is 100% dry create either a back hair knot or a French Twist like Emma wore to the recent Hand, Foot & Wand Print Ceremony Honoring Harry Potter (see image to the side).
Creating A French Twist Like Emma's:
11. Spritz the newly formed twist lightly with a soft hold hairspray.
12. Apply a small drop of shine serum and lightly brush over the top of the finished French Twist style.
If you prefer, use a shine spray product and spray into the palms of your hands and then glide over finished style.
Shine Serum Products To Try:
René Furterer Spray Gloss which creates a soft mirror like shimmer when sprayed over hair. It also helps enhance hair's texture. Robert Hallowell Prawduct - love that shine drops - 2 oz (60 ml). Robert Hallowell Prawduct - love that shine spray - 4 oz (120 ml)
If desired, finish the look with a long lasting hairspray for a silky shine effect.
Hairspray to try:
René Furterer Mini Lacque Hairspray - Great hairspray that tucks neatly into any handbag or perfect for travel.
Geena Davis and Jennifer Love Hewitt love Robert Hallowell Prawduct - rawhold hairspray - 8.5 oz (250 ml).
Other Styling Options
Even though Emma has recently appeared in public with her hair worn in a variety of twists, she also loves to wear her hair in loose waves and curls cascading down around her face and shoulders.
Emma's long naturally wavy haid can also be changed up by wearing her hair straightened, in a half up/half down style or worn up in a series of sassy wavy ponies.
Either blow dry straight with a round or paddle brush or let tresses air-dry naturally. If you prefer, add extra dabs of gel and scrunch to create loose waves.
If you have natural waves or curls, you may wish to enhance your texture by air drying with your hair Plopped or Wet Bunned.
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Although concerned about being able to continue her university studies without interruption, Emma hesitated about committing to the last two Harry Potter movies.
After working out her schedule with the producers the blossoming actress finally signed. Thankfully Hermione Granger will be present and accounted for in the last two movies.
Since 2001 Emma has appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Will success spoil the sweet Emma Watson? Probably not. She told Parade Magazine "people can’t understand why I don’t want to be a full-time actress, but school life keeps me in touch with my friends. It keeps me in touch with reality. Let’s be honest: I have enough money never to have to work again, but I would never want that. Learning keeps me motivated".
Definitely an actress who knows what she wants and where she's going.
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- Revised Publication Date: 05/19/11
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