Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is a British actress, model, and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School as a child and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. She rose to prominence after landing her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011, previously having acted only in school plays.
Five things you likely never knew about Emma Watson.
1. Watson had eight auditions before she was cast as Hermione Granger, and true to her character’s spirit, the young actress was equally fastidious about her performance. “I was crazy. I did eight auditions, and I would literally sit by the telephone in my house and wait for each call,” she has said. For the ninth audition, Watson met with the film’s producer David Heyman, who told her that she was the “preferred candidate” for the role.
2. At 16 years old and with five Harry Potter films under her belt, Watson almost didn’t sign on to the final two films of the franchise. “Every film is such a huge production, and it’s a long time,” she said in 2006. Much of Watson’s indecision came down to college. “I have felt for the last ten years I have had this battle; I’ve been fighting so hard to have an education. It’s been this uphill struggle,” she told Vogue in 2011. Eventually, Warner Bros. made the necessary changes to accommodate her pursuit of higher education, and later, Watson revealed that she was glad to have finished out the series.
3. Crushing the dreams of Harry Potter devotees near and far, Watson revealed that her costar crush was not, in fact, Rupert Grint, but Tom Felton, who played the nefarious Slytherin Draco Malfoy. “Between the ages of  and  I had a really terrible crush on Tom Felton, to the extent that I would go into work in the morning and look down the numbers on the call sheet to see if he was going to be in,” Watson once said. “He was a few years older and he had a skateboard—and that just did it really.”
4. Among her celebrated accomplishments, including graduating from Brown University with a degree in English literature and being named as a U.N. Women goodwill ambassador the same year, Watson is also a board-two-certified yoga instructor.
5. Two years into her studies at Brown, Watson announced that she was taking a break from school to focus on her career. Unsubstantiated rumors online suggested Watson was leaving because her classmates were bullying her. One widely circulated rumor held that whenever Watson would answer a question correctly in class, a student would call out, “10 points to Gryffindor!” Adorable as that sounds, Watson has said that the anecdote was apocryphal. “This ‘10 points to Gryffindor’ incident never even happened,”