Emma Watson comes a full circle
After playing a Disney princess in Beauty and The Beast, Emma Watson’s next release The Circle, will see her play a young woman with an ill father, who soon rises up the ranks of a powerful internet corporation. Pretty soon, she finds that her decisions can determine the very future of humanity. Here’s more from Emma.
What drew you to this character?
The story and the questions that it raised stuck with me. I found myself weeks later, pondering over different aspects of it and I think that’s a good sign for a story. It is not something that leaves you quickly.
Who are the characters who make up the ‘three Wise Men’ of the film?
They are are the triumvirate of The Circle. There’s Ty Lafitte (John Boyega) who’s the creator, Tom Stenton (Patton Oswalt), the COO and the money man, and there’s Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks),
the charismatic and suave public face of the company.
What is the relationship between Mae and Bailey?
It starts out as employer-employee and it becomes one of those complicated, patriarchal relationships where Bailey takes on the father figure role.
What was it like acting with Tom Hanks?
Getting to act with Tom Hanks in any scene is a bit of a dream. So any scene involving him was fun to do, and we had an interesting dynamic.
What is the real theme of the film?
I think it’s about today’s society. This is not until a dystopian future that’s a long way off. This is a story that you know that could be happening now. So I think it’s incredibly topical and you know it speaks to this moment now.
Do you relate to your character Mae in any way?
As someone who has been in the public eye quite a bit and obviously since I was very young, I did always fill the boundaries between personal and private work. I always thought they were important but I think even more so playing this role and exploring this world. I think it made me think about it even more than I was before.
Since The Circle is about crossing personal boundaries, and of outside entities knowing too much about a person — do you relate to that, being a popular actress yourself?
What’s so interesting about the film is that it doesn’t preach or it doesn’t give a particular perspective on it, but it just forces the audience member to ask themselves questions and think that’s the key.What’s difficult about the situation that we’re in now is that we give our information away so freely without much thought anymore and people will think well about these questions more having, having seen it.