Tuesday 30 May 2017

Emma Watson on why she missed out on the starring role in La La Land

Emma Watson
Emma Watson

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Emma Watson has blamed scheduling conflicts as the reason she missed out on starring in La La Land.

Rumours swirled in Hollywood over who was originally touted to play aspiring actress Mia and jazz pianist Sebastian in Damien Chazelle's multiple Oscar-winning musical, with Emma and Miles Teller reported as the stars attached to the movie.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land

However, the roles eventually went to Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, with Stone winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for her efforts.

Now, the Harry Potter star has finally spoken about losing out on the critically-acclaimed film, and said it was her firm commitment to Beauty and the Beast that eventually led her to decline the role of Mia.

Emma Watson, star of Beauty And The Beast
Emma Watson, star of Beauty And The Beast

"It’s one of these frustrating things where names get attached to projects very early on as a way to kind of build anticipation or excitement for something that’s coming before anything is actually agreed or set in stone," the 26-year-old revealed in a SiriusXM Town Hall interview.

"But it was one of those situations where I had been committed to Beauty and the Beast at that point for... years. And I had to be where I had to be, and scheduling conflict wise it just didn’t work out," Emma added.

Miles Teller, who worked with Chazelle on 2014's Whiplash, said in an interview with GQ magazine last year Chazelle dropped him from the project, while the director confirmed, "there was a moment where (Watson and Teller) were doing it. And neither of those casting things wound up lasting or working out."

The actress also spoke out about the controversial gay moment in Beauty and the Beast, which occurs between Josh Gad's Le Fou and Luke Evan's muscly villain Gaston.

Emma Watson in the controversial photo shoot for ‘Vanity Fair’ taken by Tim Walker
Emma Watson in the controversial photo shoot for ‘Vanity Fair’ taken by Tim Walker

"I think that’s what’s so fantastic about Josh’s performance is that it’s so subtle," Emma said.

"It’s always like, ‘Does he idolise Gaston? Is he in love with Gaston? What’s the relationship there?’ I think it’s incredibly subtle, to be perfectly honest. I don’t want people going into this movie thinking there’s a huge narrative there."

Actor Emma Stone, winner of the award for Actress in a Leading Role for 'La La Land,' poses in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actor Emma Stone, winner of the award for Actress in a Leading Role for 'La La Land,' poses in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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