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10 Ways Emma Watson Avoided The Child Star Curse

'The Bling Ring' Photocall - The 66th Annual Cannes Film FestivalAgainst all odds, Emma Watson has managed to go from precious and precocious child star to beloved adult actress. Rather than falling prey to the pitfalls of the childstar curse like so many others, Watson and her her career have thrived since the end of the Harry Potter film franchise. She’s just bafflingly lovely and un-hatable.

Here are 10 ways Emma Watson has avoided the infamous child star curse.

  1. She’s smart with money. Like a real-life Hermione Granger, Watson took a money management course to learn how to handle her fortune.
  2. She has skills other than acting and being cute. She’s a great model, for one. Instead of banking on her famous name and industry connections, Emma Watson is a well rounded person. If she ever wants out of Hollywood, she can start another career using her yoga teacher certification.
  3. She’s getting an education. She’s more Natalie Portman than Corey Haim. It may be taking her a bit longer than the average civilian, but Watson is getting her degree from the prestigious Brown University. A college education is priceless for former child stars who can’t play adorably precocious kiddies forever.
  4. She hasn’t had a stint in rehab. It’s a terrible pity how many child stars end up abusing drugs and alcohol. Though Watson hasn’t suffered through addiction or excessive partying, she likes to have a good time safely.
  5. Emma Watson hasn’t had a very public temper tantrum. She’s not entitled like that Justin Bieber, that’s for sure. For someone with her cache and money, she seems rather grounded.
  6. She’s a good citizen of the world. As far as we know she hasn’t endangered herself or others by driving while intoxicated.
  7. She’s made smart decisions when choosing movie roles. Emma Watson is more than just a teen witch and she won’t be typecast. Since playing Hermione Granger, Watson has portrayed different kind of people in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower(2012), My Week With Marilyn(2011), The Bling Ring (2013), among others, proving that she’s capable of portraying a wide range of characters.
  8. Her haircuts have all been very successful and seemingly intentional. She has a good head on her shoulders, so her well-recieved pixie seemed more like a style choice than a cry for help, unlike Britney’s unfortunate head-shaving incident.
  9. She has a squeaky clean reputation and police record. Someone hasn’t been arrested for anything, not even vandalism or possession of marijuana.
  10. This is the most controversial image of her. 

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  • Jon

    There’s Emma Watson and then there’s every other child star. That’s just how far the gap is between her and everyone else. This girl shits gracefulness and elegance. It’s really that simple.

  • Kaitlin Reilly

    She definitely has a great head on her shoulders. (Or is it Sofia Vergara’s shoulders? Either way that GIF is terrifying.)

  • Samantha Escobar

    I was recently reading about child stars who had died young and it was one of the saddest things I’d ever read about celebrities. I have a tendency to not feel sorry for anybody who’s ever been rich or famous, but good god, it sounds tough at times. I feel like that makes it more impressive than ever when people don’t have those types of awful endings and adult lives.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      What’s the link to that? I’d be really interested to read it.

    • Samantha Escobar

      Definitely not a well-written article, but it is very depressing. http://www.ranker.com/list/30-child-actors-who-died-young/celebrity-lists
      I especially didn’t realize about Our Gang’s cast. :(

    • Eileen

      I would absolutely hate to be famous. (Like, celebrity-famous, not “well known and respected in your somewhat boring profession” famous) And I would definitely hate it if it had happened while I was a kid thereby taking away my chance to make friends and go to college and generally experience being normal.