Best projects: The Harry Potter movie series (2001 – 2011), My Week with Marilyn (2011), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Emma Watson is the kind of sprightly actress that even younger girls should confidently look up to, as opposed to the pre-25-year-old trainwrecks who spend more time on TMZ than they do on movie sets. After the whirlwind and enormous success of the Harry Potter franchise, the England native, by way of Paris, France, could’ve very well just skipped casting calls and partied it up with her Potter riches, but she’s too grounded and determined for all of that mess.
Instead, Watson has smartly picked the right project that should quickly make folks forget about her Hermione days. Last year, she co-starred in the awards darling My Week with Marilyn, and later this year she’ll win over even more hearts as the female lead in the first-rate high school flick The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
In Perks, Watson even throws a bone to young boys who’ve grown up alongside Hermione, donning a two-piece lingerie get-up during a Rocky Horror Picture Show tribute sequence. It’s OK, people—she’s 22. Hermione is officially a thing of the past.