Celebrity status comes at a price and Emma Watson knows that only too well.
The former Harry Potter star has revealed that she rarely takes photos with fans, because “for [her], it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not.”
Watson explained during a recent interview with Vanity Fair that: “If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 metres. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data.”
She explained that she would rather make conversation with fans. She’s more than happy to answer any Harry Potter questions fans have or to give out autographs: “I’ll say, ‘I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have but I just can’t do a picture.'
“I have met fans that have my face tattooed on their body. I’ve met people who used the Harry Potter books to get through cancer. I don’t know how to explain it, but the Harry Potter phenomenon steps into a different zone. It crosses into obsession. A big part of me coming to terms with it was accepting that this is not your average circumstances.”
She added that she does still take photos with kid fans – “Children I don’t say no to” – but that she has “to carefully pick and choose [her] moment to interact”, stating “When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone’s freakin’ week?”