STYLE & BEAUTY
11/19/2010 02:52 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Emma Watson: 'Harry Potter' Stunted My Style (PHOTOS)

WWD caught up with Emma Watson to talk about her post-"Harry Potter" style revolt. It started with her short haircut -- she remarked, "I think it's really sexy, having all your hair off your neck and your skin bare. I'm still getting used to it, but I feel like I have ownership over it."

But the actress did say she has to thank Hermione for her sense of style:

"Playing this role, fashion was my way of expressing myself away from that school uniform. When I got the chance to dress myself, I was so thrilled to be able to be Emma and show a different side of myself. Maybe I would never have been this interested in fashion if I hadn't played that role for so long and sometimes felt so constrained by being identified with her so much," she continues, getting heated as she recalls, "I mean, I just wasn't allowed to do anything: wasn't allowed to cut my hair, put on nail varnish, tan, wear a bra that made my boobs in any way look [larger], have any flesh showing, wear any makeup when I was playing Hermione. I always had to back-comb my hair -- 'She looks too pretty, take down the blush or the mascara, take it off.' Fashion was my rebellion."

Although Watson just announced the launch of an organic clothing line with Alberta Ferretti, she's not sure that designing is in her future, remarking, "People are constantly like, 'What are you going to do?' 'What is your career plan?' 'What direction do you want it to take?' 'What roles do you have lined up?' And I'm just like, " 'Sorry, I haven't got everything mapped out, I'm only 20.'"