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Cast member Berenice Bejo poses during a photocall for the film 'Le Passe' (The Past) at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 17, 2013.       REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Cast member Berenice Bejo poses during a photocall for the film 'Le Passe' (The Past) at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Actress Fan Bingbing poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Jeune & Jolie' (Young & Beautiful) in competition during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 16, 2013.                   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Actress Fan Bingbing poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Jeune & Jolie' (Young & Beautiful) in competition during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16:  Aimee Mullins attends the 'Jeune & Jolie' premiere during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the  Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2013 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Aimee Mullins attends the 'Jeune & Jolie' premiere during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16:  (L-R) Actress Claire Julien, actor Israel Broussard and actress Emma Watson walk behind actresses Taissa Fariga (R) and Katie Chang (C) during 'The Bling Ring' premiere during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2013 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: (L-R) Actress Claire Julien, actor Israel Broussard and actress Emma Watson walk behind actresses Taissa Fariga (R) and Katie Chang (C) during 'The Bling Ring' premiere during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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Cast member Berenice Bejo poses during a photocall for the film 'Le Passe' (The Past) at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

IT'S no secret that actress Emma Watson is reveling in her post-Harry Potter freedom.

The star took to the red carpet last night for her latest film The Bling Ring in which Emma plays a Valley Girl, far from the wise-beyond-her-years Hermione.

Going for a monochrome look, Emma's dress had a black, sequin bra-top, with a long flowing white skirt.

Accompanying the film's director Sophia Coppola, a confident Emma blew the Cannes crowds a kiss.

In the film, the 23-year-old plays a celebrity-obsessed, thickly accented Los Angeles teenager who, with a group of friends, burgles the homes of Hollywood stars such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

Watson told reporters that while she remains proud of her work on the Potter films, they feel long ago.

"I'm not trying to run away from it," she said. "I've just had an amazing three or four years. I'm really re-enjoying having the chance to transform into new roles and work with new creative people."

The Bling Ring is based on a Vanity Fair article about the true story of teenagers who robbed celebrities like Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom while they were out at premieres and other events.

The character Watson plays, Nicki, is modeled on Alexis Neiers, who starred in the reality TV series Pretty Wild.

Watson said she watched American TV shows like The Hills, Keeping Up With The Kardashians to prepare for the role.

"It'd be very easy for Nicki to feel like a parody," Watson said.

"Somehow I had to understand and empathise with her and that was really biggest challenge, second to getting the accent down."

Since the Harry Potter films concluded in 2011 with the second part of Deathly Hallows, Watson has gravitated to more adult films, including last year's coming-of-age tale The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah.

She also makes a cameo as herself in this summer's This Is The End, an apocalyptic comedy.

"For Emma, it was, I think, really interesting to see an actress that you've seen in other things really transform into a completely difficult character," Coppola said.

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