When Emma Watson hits the big screen this September in the highly-anticipated “Perks of Being A Wallflower,” what fans might notice is that instead of casting a spell, the actress will be casting her American accent on cinema-goers.
And, if you think it was hard for her to transition from her proper British inflection to one of a teen living in Pennsylvania, think again. It’s something she had been working on for years. In fact having to sing as an American girl was even easier based on her youthful experiences with music.
“My grandma said — when I was really young and I’d sing along to the radio — ‘why do you sing in an American accent?’ I guess it was because a lot of the music I was listening to had American vocalists,” she reveals in the new issue of T magazine. “And that was something [‘Perks’ director Stephen Chbosky] said to me as well: try singing the lines in an American accent. That kind of opened me up. Then I worked with a dialogue coach and I just put in the time to really, really listen and just go over it and over it and over it until I could do it without thinking about it too hard. And I just knew it was really important.”
Including dishing about her life after “Harry Potter” and as a college co-ed at Brown University, she also talked about just how hard it is for her to go to a museum. “If I went to somewhere busy, I wouldn’t last very long. I can’t go to a museum, I’ll last 10 or 15 minutes in a museum. The problem is that when one person asks for a photograph, then someone sees a flash goes off, then everyone else sort of . . . it’s sort of like a domino effect,” she said. “And then very quickly the situation starts to get out of control to a point where I can’t manage it on my own.”