We all knew that Hermione Granger was wise beyond her years. But apparently so is Emma Watson, the actress who rose to fame playing the beloved character in the Harry Potter movie franchise. In a recently released interview with British Vogue, the 29-year-old reveals she’s just fine being single, coining a new way of looking at uncoupled bliss.
“I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she told the magazine. “I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”
Watson, who turns 30 in April, is promoting her latest film, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women remake, which is bound to be in the Oscars conversation if early critics’ takes are any indication. (The film hits theaters Christmas Day.)
In the interview, she also addresses the anxiety of getting older.
“I was like, ‘Why does everyone make such a big fuss about turning 30? This is not a big deal…’” she said. “Cut to 29, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I feel so stressed and anxious. And I realiZe it’s because there is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around. If you have not built a home, if you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby, and you are turning 30, and you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career, or you’re still figuring things out… There’s just this incredible amount of anxiety.”
It me, literally. Minus the coins. Luckily, RuPaul has been saying, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” for years. Let’s call this self-love 2.0.