Monday 20 November 2017

Emma Watson poses braless for Vanity Fair in risqué cover shoot

Actress Emma Watson arrives for the Asian premiere of the Disney Movie The Beauty and The Beast in Shanghai on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Emma Watson arrives for the Asian premiere of the Disney Movie The Beauty and The Beast in Shanghai on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Emma Stone for Vanity Fair. Picture: Tim Walker/Vanity Fair
Actress Emma Watson and actor Dan Stevens attend UK launch event for "Beauty And The Beast" at Spencer House on February 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Actress Emma Watson attends UK launch event for "Beauty And The Beast" at Spencer House on February 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Actress Emma Watson attends UK launch event for "Beauty And The Beast" at Spencer House on February 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Actress Emma Watson attends UK launch event for "Beauty And The Beast" at Spencer House on February 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Actress Emma Watson attends UK launch event for "Beauty And The Beast" at Spencer House on February 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Emma Watson during a photo call with the cast of Beauty and the Beast, at The Corinthia Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Actress Emma Watson arrives for the Asian premiere of the Disney Movie The Beauty and The Beast in Shanghai on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Emma Watson during a photo call with the cast of Beauty and the Beast, at The Corinthia Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Emma Watson during a photo call with the cast of Beauty and the Beast, at The Corinthia Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Actress Emma Watson arrives for the Asian premiere of the Disney Movie The Beauty and The Beast in Shanghai on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Emma Watson arrives for the Asian premiere of the Disney Movie The Beauty and The Beast in Shanghai on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Emma Watson, pic Instagram

Actress Emma Watson has posed braless in one of her most risqué magazine photo shoots to date, and says she has made the "transition into being a woman on-screen" in her latest movie role.

The 26-year-old was snapped by British fashion photographer Tim Walker wearing a chunky open-weave bolero jacket with nothing underneath for the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, of which she is also the cover star.

The high-fashion picture was cleverly crafted to protect Watson's modesty, and also sees her crossing her arms across her bare stomach.

The former child star rose to fame at the age of 11 in the first Harry Potter film, released in 2001, and she went on to star in all eight films of the franchise until 2011.

While she has had a number of other leading roles since, it is her new role in Beauty And The Beast - a live-action remake of the original 1991 Disney effort - that has made her feel like she has come of age.

She told Vanity Fair's Derek Blasberg: "When I finished (Beauty And The Beast), it kind of felt like I had made that transition into being a woman on-screen."

Watson - a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and feminist activist - said the character is a strong one, despite being "absolutely a Disney princess".

She added that Belle is "not a passive character" and that she is "in charge of her own destiny".

Actress Emma Watson arrives for the Asian premiere of the Disney Movie The Beauty and The Beast in Shanghai on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Emma Watson arrives for the Asian premiere of the Disney Movie The Beauty and The Beast in Shanghai on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Watson touched on her previous wishes to quit acting and completely turn her back on Hollywood, but said she is now happier in herself as an actress.

She said: "I was finding this fame thing was getting to a point of no return.

"I sensed if this was something I was ever going to step away from it was now or never."

Having signed up to take on the role of Hermione the witch in the Harry Potter films as a child, it only dawned on her as an adult "what you're really signing up for" as an actor, she added.

Emma Stone for Vanity Fair. Picture: Tim Walker/Vanity Fair
Emma Stone for Vanity Fair. Picture: Tim Walker/Vanity Fair

Watson said: " I've been doing this since I was 10 or 11, and I've often thought, I'm so wrong for this job because I'm too serious; I'm a pain in the ass; I'm difficult; I don't fit.

"But as I've got older, I've realised, No! Taking on those battles, the smaller ones and the bigger ones, is who I am."

:: The March issue of Vanity Fair is on sale on Friday.

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