Emma Watson has announced a one-year break from acting and showbiz to focus on other things.
The actress who has featured in a number of big Hollywood movies over a career span of 15-years has revealed she will be focusing on philanthropy and her personal development during her break.
She told Paper Magazine, “I’m taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really. My own personal development is one. My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club. I’m doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own.”
“I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading. That I was learning so much on my own. I actually wanted to keep on the path that I’m on. I’m reading a lot this year, and I want to do a lot of listening.”
She added: “I’m reading so much and exposing myself to so many new ideas. It almost feels like the chemistry and the structure of my brain is changing so rapidly sometimes. It feels as if sometimes I’m struggling to keep up with myself. It’s a really cool period of time for me. My work that I do for the UN is all very clearly outlined, but my personal views and opinions are still being defined, really. So it’ll be an interesting time.”
The UN ambassador announced she was starting a feminist book group earlier this year, called ‘Our Shared Shelf’.