With iconic roles like Hermione Granger and Belle under her belt, it’s no small wonder Emma Watson is one hot ticket in Hollywood. In addition to being one of the most bankable stars in the biz, she has also become a feminist role model thanks to her unwavering advocacy for women’s (read: human) rights.
Typically, when a star reaches such a level of celebrity as Watson’s, they lose a certain level of anonymity — especially where relationships are concerned. And yet, you’re unlikely to read headline news or spot a tabloid photo of Watson with a paramour anytime soon.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Watson discussed how she prioritizes her life in a way that keeps her professional and personal connections separate.
“I want to be consistent,” she said. “I can’t talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home.”
The tabloid protocol is typically precisely as Watson describes it. When a celebrity is dating someone, the world is used to watching it unfold on the pages of gossip mags. It’s for this very reason, in fact, that Watson refuses to let her real life love interests get sucked into the promotional hoopla.
“I’ve noticed in Hollywood who you’re dating gets tied up into your film promotion and becomes part of the performance and the circus. I would hate anyone that I were with to feel like they were in any way part of a show or an act,” she explained.
Of course, the fact that Watson remains so tight-lipped about her romantic status tends to pique public interest even more. In the past, she has speculatively been linked to Oxford rugby player Matthew Janney, Prince Harry and most recently, tech entrepreneur William “Mack” Knight.
Could Watson still be canoodling with Knight? Well, it certainly seems like a good possibility — but, if she is, you’re not gonna hear about it from the discreet Harry Potter star.