The Harry Potter star, who reprises her role as earnest Hermione Granger in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, admitted that is one of the reasons why she chose to study at Brown University in the US rather than a British university.
“It’s very freeing, it felt like a fresh start – I’m not a local celebrity in the States: people know about Emma Watson in the UK whereas in the States, they really only know about Hermione Granger,” she said.
“I’m more anonymous, and it’s a good feeling. I’m actually quite a shy person, believe it or not, so I find it quite hard to deal with being famous sometimes so it is a nice break.”
Emma revealed she is fortunate to be able to enjoy a life out of the spotlight.
“I do occasionally get asked out. I’m not seeing anyone at the moment but I was when I first went to Brown,” she said.
“Fifty per cent of the time, the papers have been wrong about who I’ve been dating so it’s actually quite nice. I don’t mind them writing about me as long as it’s not true.”
The 20-year-old is also enjoying her new pixie haircut. “It’s liberating and amazing. I’ve entered a new phase of my life and put the character to bed,” she added.
“But people are disappointed I don’t look like Hermione any more.”
:: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 opens in cinemas on November 19.