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Emma Watson has opened up about what she learned during lockdown, revealing that she has felt empowered by stepping behind the camera for a change.
On Tuesday the Harry Potter star took to Instagram to share rare images of herself away from the red carpet and filming her own projects.
Sharing a snap of herself wearing a green bomber jacket, jeans, boots and showing off her blunt bob, the 31-year-old is seen holding a large camera and, in another, crouching down to film.
‘Getting behind the camera and learning how it works is about the most empowering thing I’ve learned in lockdown,’ the star revealed.
‘As a young woman, I always thought the most glamorous and exciting thing would be to be someone’s “muse”; and of course as women we are inspiring... but wow it’s something else to be able to tell your own story and other people’s’. [sic]’
Watson’s post has received praise from the likes of actor/producer Reese Witherspoon, who is famous for her women-led narratives on screen, and author Reni Eddo Lodge.
‘Yes !! I love this. Go E!,’ commented Witherspoon, while Lodge left a red heart emoji on the post, which has since been ‘liked’ over 2.1 million times.
In recent weeks Watson has been active on social media discussing environmental issues, from sharing a video of herself meeting former US presidential candidate Al Gore to highlighting the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow and attending the Earshot Prize 2021 ceremony in London with the likes of Kate Middleton and Prince William.
For the awards ceremony the actor wore up-cycled wedding dresses from Oxfam designed by Harris Reed.
‘Your push for gender fluidity and acceptance is beautiful, vibrant, and vital,’ she captioned a photo of herself in Reed’s design on Instagram. ‘Your goal to make fashion less harmful is so inspiring.’
Watson has been relatively quiet on social media in recent months after largely dedicating her accounts last year to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and activism.
In February the actor's publicist responded to a Daily Mail report that suggested they had referred to her career as 'dormant', implying that she was stepping away from acting.
The publicist subsequently corrected the report, stating: 'Emma's social media accounts are dormant but her career isn't.'
Watson later tweeted her 29.1 million followers on Twitter: 'Rumours about whether I'm engaged or not, or whether my career is "dormant or not" are ways to create clicks each time they are revealed to be true or untrue.'
Rumours about whether I’m engaged or not, or whether my career is “dormant or not” are ways to create clicks each time they are revealed to be true or untrue.
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) May 17, 2021
'If I have news - I promise I'll share it with you. [sic]'
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