Can you go a full 12 month stretch without any new movies from Harry Potter star Emma Watson? Well, you're going to have to, as the fan-favorite actress has declared that she is taking a full one year break from acting. Though, in the scheme of things, we'll probably never know she is gone. As she has a number of upcoming films set to be released over the course of the next two years. We probably won't feel the sting of this Emma Watson drought until at least 2018.
Emma Watson wants to go on an acting hiatus so that she can focus on herself. She also plans to give more energy to her work with the HeForShe campaign, which targets gender equality. Here's what she had to say in a recent interview with Paper Magazine.
"I'm taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really. My own personal development is one. I know that you read a book a day. My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club. I'm doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own."
Emma Watson had originally wanted to return to formal education, and take a multitude of gender study courses. But she found that she could learn more through her own reading and life experiences. During her year away, she will devoted quite a bit of her time to HeForShe. She explains.
"This January, our HeForShe IMPACT champions are ten CEOs who for the first time will be releasing to the media what their companies look like internally. So how many CEOs are male or female, the gender wage gap. We'll be making all of these statements completely transparent, which is huge. It's never been done before. I'll also take another field trip in the next two or three months. We are organizing a HeForShe arts week, a university tour, and launching the HeForShe website. It's a lot. There's a lot to do."
Emma Watson can currently be seen on the big screen starring opposite Ethan Hawke in the twisty, 90s era Satanic thriller Regression, which opened on February 5th. Then in April, she takes the lead in Colonia, which finds her infiltrating a cult. She will also star opposite Tom Hanks in The Circle, which will open later this year, but does not yet have a firm release date. Her biggest upcoming role will be Belle in the live-action Disney musical Beauty and the Beast, which opens March, 2017. She currently has no other movies on her impending slate. If she decides to take on another project in 2017 after her year break is up, it's possible that we could see her back on the big screen in 2018. So fans most likely won't be affected by her personal time off.