Emma Watson for GQ UK Magazine

Posted on April 03, 2013

Hermione gets her trashy-chic on for Brit GQ:


Emma Watson covers the May 2013 issue of GQ UK magazine photographed by Mark Seliger.

Ah, the classics never really go out of style:

It’s just that it’s sometimes a shock what gets elevated to classic status. Not exactly Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is it?

On playing ‘Nicki’ in her upcoming film ‘The Bling Ring’: “When I read the script and I realized that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it’s become to our society, I had to do it. The character is everything that I felt strongly against – she’s superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She’s all of these things and I realized that I hated her. How do you play someone you hate? But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job, or my role as an actress, could be.”

On why she chose the role: “Really I was open-minded about doing anything, but the one thing I didn’t want to do was get myself into a corset because I was worried I’d never get out again. I knew it would be a really comfortable thing to do, but I felt…I had to dive into something really different. This has been a really big departure for me; it’s a really big character. That’s so exciting for me because it meant I was really acting.”

She’s “in character” for these shots, so she gets to look a little trashy. It’s a shame she didn’t actually play the character for the cameras instead of just standing there and posing.

Anthony Vaccarello Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Pauline Hoarau (ELITE)


Still, it’s kind of fun to see Hermione with a giant pair of brass knuckles spelling out “QUEEN.”


[Photo Credit: Mark Seliger for GQ UK, style.com, hollywoodlife.com]

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  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I’ll be interested to see how she fares in the role. She clearly has the clarity and intelligence to work the business right, if she chooses to. And its a treat to see her step away from the slightly twee looks into full on grown up. Even if that particular grown up is pretty tawdry looking.

    • Little_Olive

      Yes, which is why this cover baffles me a bit. I didn’t feel that *this* was a missing aspect of her “coming of age”.

      Frankly, I don’t know whose career has posing for GQ/Maxim/FHM helped. (I myself would draw the line at Esquire… like that will ever happen)

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Perhaps its a shallow attempt at gaining male market share, by parading a ladystar as some easily obtainable commodity.

        • Little_Olive

          Oh yes. Which leads to the question: Is no man offended by the message that all they look for in a woman is T&A? That assumption is almost just as sexist.

          I mean, I can guarantee that many boys found her pretty and interesting before this and can agree that this is not really necessary.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            I am offended by the way women get presented in the media typically. But then I’m a gay man, and so am not looking at women with a sexual subtext always in play. I suppose the more apt question is are there any heterosexual men who find this unappealing, and needless?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexandra-Glorioso/10025811 Alexandra Glorioso

            My assumed answer to this question is the entire reason why I’m single in a nut shell. Le sigh.

          • Denise Plank

            My dad is insulted. But my dad is really weird and really awesome. It’s scarred me for life.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    You know, she just might make it from iconic movie child star to young woman working actress. There’s an implied depth and substance to her, a Dakotaesque vibe to her that I am starting to like.
    At least they didn’t put Emma Roberts in that dress, because you know someone somewhere was dying to.

    • tereliz

      Emma R. wore that dress for Halloween, last year, I think. I chuckled.

    • aeb1986

      I agree, it seems like she is maturing while maintaining her sanity which is refreshing. Makes me look forward to seeing what she does next…. Antonym: Justin Beiber

  • filmcricket

    Sigh. I understand why she’s worried about being strapped into a corset, but I was hoping we’d avoid this kind of thing from Emma, in character or no. Plus, the juxtaposition with Julia Roberts is unfortunate; I don’t like JR and I hate that movie, but she’s got way more presence just in that still than Emma does in either of her photos.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      I don’t even think she needs to worry about the corset roles. Keira is not giving them up to anyone any time soon.
      But more importantly, Filmcricket, how can you hate Pretty Woman? Are you not a product of the 90s? Do you not love toothy smiles and women who walk like linebackers falling in love with emotionally retarded men? I’m crushed.

      • OrigamiRose

        You forgot the most important part: “Do you not believe that most prostitutes end up leaving the business after meeting a gorgeous millionaire who falls in love with them after three days?”

        • Heather

          Of course – it ALWAYS happens that way! What a Cinderella story!

        • Wendi126

          Only if you floss

        • H2olovngrl

          Or that most prostitutes are drop dead gorgeous?

      • filmcricket

        Yeah, Keira’s got a bit of a stranglehold on them, doesn’t she? It’s like HBC’s early career. Wonder when Keira’s Fight Club moment will happen?

        • Airkisses

          like Helena Bonham Carter’s early career? I’m afraid I don’t understand the analogy, could you elaborate?

          • UsedtobeEP

            HBC did a ton of period pieces when she was younger—Room With a View, Howard’s End, and Lady Jane are three I remember. Then, she broke wildly out of that mold with her role in Fight Club. She did many other things in between, of course, but those are what she is known for.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Sadly, the shoot is for a men’s magazine, so, character and depth are not what they’re going for.

    • Emily Rose

      what do you mean, “this kind of thing?” in my opinion, she looks great, and it could be about 10x more trashy than it is. she turns 23 this month, i think we have to accept that she’s allowed to show us a little skin now and then.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        Its the context of showing skin, I believe. Not so much that she’s showing it. Its the typical mens magazine sexy photo shoot we see from all the starlets.

      • RebeccaKW

        Right? She’s not in a bra and panties, crouching and pointing her crotch to the camera. She not nude with an strategically placed flower or something. Even in the “Pretty Woman” shot she’s more covered than she would be in a bikini.

        My problem with this is as TLo said. She did nothing with them. She’s just standing there, looking at the camera. It’s a little boring.

      • filmcricket

        She’s absolutely allowed, and she frequently does show quite a bit of leg and back on the red carpet, which I’ve got no problem with. I am just tired of the 2 skin-flashing photo shoots that apparently every lithe actress has to go through: the one when she’s an ingenue to show she’s growing up, and the one when she’s “of a certain age” to show she’s still got it. At this point if you told me they book the photographer the moment they get their SAG cards I wouldn’t be surprised.

        • Little_Olive

          Hahah it reminded me of a line that Goldie Hawn has in that 1st Wives Club movie: There are three ages in Hollywood: babe, district attorney (or something of the sort) and Driving Miss Daisy. So true.

  • http://www.twitter.com/anneofnogables AnneNotHathaway

    She has dead eyes and what looks like a bad wig in the second picture, but perhaps that just means she is in character.

    She’s a really gorgeous lady, though. I just hate that in order to be considered a grown up in Hollywood, maximum exposure is required–it’s like “show us the goods, and then we’ll know you’re officially a woman.” Not that this is the most vulgar photo op, it’s just a little disappointing.

    • Beardslee

      I so agree. Attaining womanhood is too often reduced to being sexually mature, and to show that maturity in a really trite way.

  • tereliz

    I thought her “corset” comment was spot on. She’d have a hell of a career just playing historical roles, but she doesn’t want to be trapped in such a constricting type. I get it. The Perks of Being a Wallflower made for a good transition for her, but that character still had an innocence. It will be interesting to see how well she handles a role that has seemingly few redeemable characteristics.

  • Sobaika

    She sort of looks dead behind the eyes in these pictures. It’s too bad, she could have had a lot of fun with this character.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Sigh. For someone so interesting, these photos are downright boring.

  • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

    Oh dear. My cranky old lady is displeased by these photos and wants her to put some clothes on and wipe all that spackle off your face, young lady.

    Still, it may be interesting to see her in such a different role.

  • decormaven

    I’m just trying to figure out what the shape of the earrings in the second shot is supposed to represent. There is some very mixed message accessorizing going on there. I’m looking forward to the film and am hoping it stays true to the actual story.

  • Katie Mosc

    Wow, she’s a dead ringer for Lana Del Rey in that second photo!

  • elemspbee

    hmmm. i miss her pixie. but good on her for trying to do something different, like acting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AdriannaGrezak Adrianna Grężak

    She looks like she belongs on a reality show on E!.

    • decormaven

      That’s the thrust of it- the person Emma portrays in the movie, Alexis, was in the E! reality show, Pretty Wild. I’m not sure if Vanity Fair still has the online version of its original article on the Bling Ring; if so, check it out. It’s a really interesting read.

      • http://www.facebook.com/AdriannaGrezak Adrianna Grężak

        Really? I only skimmed and wasn’t sure what she was portraying. I saw a few episodes of that show on E! actually, it was awful.

  • Little_Olive

    Very lackluster. If you are going to do GQ (why, I don’t know), you have to play the part. I don’t feel it’s her fault, though. She just better learn it’s not her wheelhouse -and thank heaven for that.

    The centering of the dress’ ring on her belly button is triggering my OCD.

    ETA: and the makeup and hair are terrible.

  • Alexina04

    What a sad start to my day. Even the fact that she’s supposedly “in character” does not save this.

  • Jecca2244

    Just not the best photos.

  • GorgeousThings

    When I saw that first shot, I thought, “What’s Jennifer Love Hewitt doing in a story about Emma Watson?”

  • korilian

    I’m not entirely convinced of Emma’s acting chops, Should be interesting to see this sooper serious movie.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    It’s weird how these looks sort of work for her.

  • Mary Saucier

    “Still, it’s kind of fun to see Hermione with a giant pair of brass knuckles spelling out “QUEEN.” ”

    It would have been HILARIOUS if they had spelled out “QUEEF”.

  • marilyn

    The first picture makes me laugh. Her navel is precisely centered in the ring. She has what looks like a tatoo of the Big Dipper on her abdomen. In spite of the street look, she looks too squeaky clean to be taken seriously. The second look is actually more believable. It is neat, clean and she looks very adult. But with taste. She is never going to look sleazy, no matter how hard she tries. And why should she? No matter how much she tries to stretch as an actress, she is Hermoine inside. And not because of the role she played for so long, but because of her personality.

    By the way, her hair always looks drab. It was short, now it is long. I think she needs a good haircut. Her hair does not reflect this new persona she is taking on. I don’t know if her hair is thin, or what. She needs a good, well cut bob.

    • tereliz

      I’m 98% positive this is a wig, not extensions.

  • hotpaprika

    One day soon show business will discover a new fresh face, hopefully with acting talents, and she will fade faaaaar away to the background. Seriously she has the charisma of a potato. Nil acting skills. She’s pretty but that’s not enough in my opinion.

  • MilaXX

    My massive hate of Pretty Woman extends to this look so I really dislike the cover look, however I love the HBIC attitude she’s giving with the second look, especially the Queen knuckle ring

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Thank you for making me feel not so alone in the world, with your hatred of Pretty Woman.

      • l_c_ann

        I can’t help it, I agree with you both.

    • http://twitter.com/Kate4Queen Kate Pearce

      I’ve never seen it. LOL

      • H2olovngrl

        It hasn’t aged well. Or, I have completely outgrown it. Either way, I tried to watch it with my daughter the other day, and just couldn’t take it. It’s a movie for a girl, not a grown ass woman.

  • pookiesmom

    I hope her film acting is stronger than her character acting for this shoot, because she looks INCREDIBLY uncomfortable to me. I adore her, but she could not look less convincing if she tried.

  • marshmallowjane

    Here’s an example of how Hollywood influences fashion instead of fashion influencing Hollywood. The entertainment business usually goes for the curves, not elevated fashion. The Pretty Woman dress is kinda ugly really, a bit brash. But only someone with nice curves without fat can wear it. If Emma were a better model, she may have conveyed something different.

  • Christa Hylton

    Whos. Facially she absolutely resembles Victoria Beckam AND Kate Middleton. Standard British beauty.

  • MarissaLG

    Okay, the looks are fun an trashy which would never work for her out of character, but this is a fun look I guess. It’s kind of udmb to put her in the Pretty Woman outfit since they don’t really What I’m more impressed with is her sense of self-awareness. I mean, ” but the one thing I didn’t want to do was get myself into a corset because I was worried I’d never get out again. ” She’s totally right. I’m the first person to say that I’d love to see her in a sweeping period piece, but I get it. I think she’s smart to distance herself from being a Kiera Knightly, for example. I’ve been looking forward to seeing The Bling Ring since before actresses were cast in it, but I’m sure Emma will do a wonderful job.

  • melissaisasnob

    Let’s hope those trashy tattoos are not real. Why stamp a Mona Lisa?

  • Monday1900

    I’m surprised this is Mark Seliger, I thought for sure it was Terry Richardson (and that ain’t a compliment). Very sad and she looks totally uninvested in the photos.

  • kmk05

    Ooooh, I’m not a fan of picture 2, where clearly the makeup was applied with a spackle and the dress is pinned bizarrely. These may be some of her more underwhelming photos.

  • http://twitter.com/lisledanielle Danielle Lisle


  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    Here’s my favorite version of the Pretty Woman dress. This mother got slammed for dressing her little girl in this dress on Toddlers and Tiaras. I think it’s hilarious:


  • siriuslover

    I’m sure all the teeny-bopper boys are having a field day with this one. She must have a weave or something, because her hair can’t possibly have grown that long that quickly.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I love how her belly button is almost centered in that ring of the dress (Is that a dress???) But Julia must be an alien because she doesn’t seem to have a belly button.

  • H2olovngrl

    Bathing suits in that style, with the fabric going down the center of the torso have made a resurgence her in SoCal among a certain demographic. They are not flattering AT ALL. Ladies, if it doesn’t look good on Julia Roberts, it definitely doesn’t look good on you. And yes, I get that the dress is for a movie, but I really had to get my intense dislike of this cut off my chest.

  • Trisha26

    I can’t with that PW look-alike. Hilarious. I’m not impressed with her “acting” so far, can’t wait to see what she’s like when she’s “really acting.”

  • PrunellaV

    God, the extensions! Enough!

  • Melizmatic

    My inner-faux queen really wants those pink brass knuckles.

  • lrhoff

    I’m rather embarrassed for her….

  • ceceliadid

    She should take some lessons on the f-u gaze from Kristen Stewart.