06/07/2013 03:35 pm ET

Emma Watson Almost Quit Acting After 'Harry Potter' Series Ended


It seems like Emma Watson has been in just about everything lately: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "The Bling Ring," "This Is the End." As it turns out, however, she almost ended up being in nothing. The actress revealed in an interview with Total Film that she nearly quit the business after wrapping the "Harry Potter" series.

Questioning whether Hollywood was the right place for her, the erstwhile Hermione Granger took a hiatus from the acting world to determine if it was where she truly wanted to be.

"I basically took two years out and stepped as far away from it as I could," Watson reportedly said. "I mean, the 'Harry Potter' films were still coming out, but I took time to really try and figure out who I was and what I wanted to do. I even considered not being an actress."

That hiatus found Watson heading to Brown University for college. While there, she must have discovered that Hollywood was, in fact, the place for her -- Watson postponed her senior-year studies in order to complete film projects. (Don't worry, she's slated to return this fall to finish.)

Still, Watson says her post-"Potter" fame hasn't changed her much, and she even identifies with her thieving "Bling Ring" character. To an extent.

"I think anyone can relate to those teenage years when you're feeling pressured by what your friends are doing, feeling very image conscious, wanting to fit in," she said. "What I couldn't really identify with was that I'm quite a private person and Nicki's an exhibitionist—she absolutely loves attention and wants to be seen. So she's really the opposite from me from that perspective."



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