Wednesday 2 November 2016

Actress Emma Watson admits she was too scared during her UN speech

Emma Watson

Emma Watson revealed she finds public speaking "terrifying" and had to be forced to make her major address on gender equality at the United Nations.

The actress, 26, gave an impassioned speech at the organisation's New York headquarters in 2014 as she launched its HeForShe campaign.

But she admitted: "I really didn't think I had it in me to do that speech at the UN two years ago.

"I was utterly terrified. Really, really bricking it. It was one of those moments when inspiring women have picked me up, scraped me up from the floor, and said, 'I know you're terrified, but you can do this.'"

Watson — a goodwill ambassador for UN Women — was speaking at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards at Claridge's in Mayfair last night, where she received the inspiration award.

The actress, who rose to fame playing Hermione in the Harry Potter films, will appear as Belle in the forthcoming live-action remake of the Disney classic Beauty And The Beast next year.

However, she confessed she did not feel worthy of the role.

She said: "I was quite literally in the foetal position on the floor after I had done the audition, thinking, 'Why did I think I could do this? I can't do this, this is utterly terrifying'."



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