Noah's Emma Watson admits she isn't religious, more spiritual

Mar 26, 2014 at 4:29 p.m. ET

Emma Watson has grown up around Hollywood, but had to look inside herself to decide how she felt about her newest role.

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Emma Watson took on a very important, very scrutinized role in Noah — based on the biblical epic.

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Many Christian groups have already complained about the story, even before seeing the film, and it has led Paramount to issue an "explanatory message" that goes along with the marketing material. The message explains the film is only based on the story.

Emma Watson plays Noah's adopted daughter, and has decided to share her thoughts on faith, something she had to come to terms with before taking the role.

"I already, before I did the movie, had a sense that I was someone that was more spiritual than specifically religious," she explained to the U.K.'s Telegraph. "I had a sense that I believed in a higher power, but that I was more of a Universalist. I see that there are these unifying tenets between so many religions."

However, Watson liked the film's message, and seems proud to be a part of a project that could have so much impact on so many people.

"I think it's amazing to make a film that celebrates faith and that gets a conversation going, because it's such an important subject," she said, according to the Huffington Post.

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Watson has been in Hollywood since she was a child and has played all kinds of roles. She has struggled with whether she belonged there, and took a break after the Harry Potter films to attend college and figure out who she is.

Russell Crowe, who plays Noah in the epic, has done what he can to promote the $130 million film. He sent a series of tweets to Pope Francis asking for the pontiff to watch Noah, but instead was able to meet with Francis for a few minutes.

Noah opens in the U.S. on March 28.

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