Emma Watson for ELLE Magazine

Posted on March 17, 2014

Miss Emma gets her late ’60s sex kitten on for Elle.


Emma Watson covers the April 2014 issue of ELLE magazine in Balmain photographed by Carter Smith.


On coming of age in the public eye: “There are all these actresses who have emerged in the last year or two, and they get to emerge as this complete human being. And I’m so jealous!”

On the importance of having life outside her career: “I remember reading this thing that Elizabeth Taylor wrote. She had her first kiss in character. On a movie set. It really struck me. I don’t know how or why, but I had this sense that if I wasn’t really careful, that could be me. That my first kiss could be in somebody else’s clothes. And my experiences could all belong to someone else.”

On her new film Noah: “It’s Shakespearean, what happens to this family when they’re put in this confined space for 40 days and 40 nights. It’s the end of the world – how these different human beings are dealing with the impact of that. Are humans good? Are we bad? All of these themes are epic.”


Denim jacket by Versace | Bonded jersey swimsuit by Anthony Vaccarello | Vintage felt hat from What Goes Around Comes Around

Mohair cardigan by Michael Kors | Top, shorts, and necklaces by Rodarte | Suede boots by Rupert Sanderson


A little bit of Raquel Welch crossed with a little bit of Jane Fonda. It suits her. Even in sparkly cowboy boots and a fringed bra. You’ve gotta give her respect for that. Now if she’d only work on switching up her facial expressions.

We burst out laughing at the Noah ad we saw last night. Apparently it’s answering the question, “What if Tolkien wrote the Old Testament?”


[Photo Credit: Carter Smith for ELLE Magazine]

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  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

    So, fluffy cardigans with cowboy boots are the thing for 2014? This is so much prettier than Seyfried’s version.

    • Gatto Nero

      And much less creepy.

    • luluransom

      Winged eyeliner too, apparently. Third of the day. Emma’s suits the best.

  • Glam Dixie

    I’m sorry but that movie sounds awful. And what’s up with putting her and Amanda Seyfried in bathing suits, cowboy boots and sweaters? Is that a thing now? I do think her makeup looks really good.

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      Her makeup is about the only thing I like with these pictures. These pictures seem so bizarre to me.

    • michael tanner

      It’s mileys gig too … New trend alerta *barf*

  • StellaZafella

    Emma Bardot…
    (That’s a compliment)

  • LaSylphide

    I’m surprised how flattering that makeup is on her. I wouldn’t have thought the Bardot look would suit her, but she looks great.

    • ampg

      It’s also good that she did it in a photo shoot now, since it’s apparently the trend we’ll all be sick of in a month.

  • Wendi126

    If Tolkien had written the Old Testament I probably wouldn’t have been kicked out of Hebrew School

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      If Tolkien had written the entire Bible, I would be a believer.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I can’t believe that I think a person in a Canadian Tuxedo looks AMAZING. The attitude of this shoot is FABULOUS.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Sorry, but this Canadian just can’t get onboard with it :)

      • Jacob Bowen

        I got a real, live Canadian’s opinion (I didn’t know if any existed in these parts) ;-P. I actually rocked the denim on denim to a high school bonfire and boy do I regret it…

  • Trickytrisha

    So lovely, and apparently pretty darned intelligent and grounded. Yay for her.

  • uprightcitizen

    Love her quotes. The thing about Elizabeth Taylor having her first kiss in character … hadn’t heard it before, but it would be really sad. Has probably happened to a ton of young stars.

    • Andrew Schroeder

      I believe it was with Monty Clift when they were filming A Place in the Sun? Could be wrong.

    • Evan

      I think MGM paid for her wedding to Nicky Hilton and even made a publicity video of it, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all that she had her first kiss in character. Even though I wish we still had the studio system in some ways, it was a very mean and controlling system. When she was on Johnny Carson she said that the head of MGM yelled at her mother or something along those lines, and she was so upset that she stormed into his office and told him never to speak to her mother that way again. She said she thought she would surely be fired, but that when she came in the next day they acted like nothing had happened. That’s when she realized that she was too important to them as a commodity to get rid of. Liz had a sad life in many ways even though she was so successful, but she had a great sense of humor and was definitely smart, esp. as a shrewd businesswoman.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        The book “How to be a Star in Hollywood” cover’s Taylor’s life under the studio system, and yes, the studio did basically arrange the Taylor-Hilton nuptials.

    • formerlyAnon

      Honest to god, color me insensitive, but if you are an actor, especially a famous actor, before you’re an adult, I’m not sad about any particular milestone you acted before you had it in real life. Because I’m betting it happens, in that situation, with a whole panoply of feelings and experiences and (unlike the much-married Ms. Taylor) I’m just not that much of a romantic, I guess, to feel any special pang over a first kiss.

      I will extend you enormous sympathy for having the entire experience of childhood and adolescence and coming-to-adulthood warped by the fact you held down an adult’s job from a young age, and were thrust in the public eye, and all the rest of it.

      • Evan

        I don’t even really remember my first kiss because it wasn’t that memorable, but I think the point is that having your first kiss on set in character is like learning to have sex on a porn set.

        • formerlyAnon

          I think you’re just a more empathetic or compassionate person than I, and we won’t completely agree. In the hopes of redeeming my unsympathetic self a bit, I’ll elaborate. But I can’t really say you’re wrong, since I think a lot depends on the circumstances of the experience(s):

          I’m not saying it (having one’s first kiss on screen) is not less-than-ideal, but of the panoply of first things one might encounter if one is a child actor, I’d rate it closer to first-holding-hands than first sex. And actor friends (none of whom were child actors, so they are talking about a different experience) say that the vast majority of the time, romantic/sexual moments are technical moments with one’s head full of calculations of timing, hitting the mark, choreography of movement, etc. and have little to no relationship to real life romance/sex.

          (My first kiss was painfully awkward and memorable only as about the least enjoyable kiss one could have with someone you have a small crush on, unless one party suffered a freak injury during it or a sibling intervened with mockery.)

  • MilaXX

    Definitely getting a young Jane Fonda vibe. Noah looks like it’s going to be beyond bad.

  • Evan

    We need more intelligent and well-spoken stars like her and Lupita. They just happen to be stunning to boot.

  • kimmeister

    That denim thing over her crotch on the cover is . . . disconcerting.

    She looks like Kiernan Shipka’s older sister in the first B&W shot.

  • cocohall

    Again with the sweater knitted by my mother . . . I hope the Zeitgeist moves on from this quickly. My mother does not need encouragement when it come to her handicrafts.

    • kimmeister

      A dear, older friend gave me a rock that is covered with its own little sweater, to use as my personal doorknocker. Yeah, the idea was sweet, but it doesn’t get much use.

      • cocohall

        There are no words to adequately capture how hilarious I find a sweater-covered rock. I am trying to imagine how you graciously accepted this gift. Did you know instantly it was a door knocker? Did you have to inquire as to the function of the gift? Did the knitter let on plans to cover other inanimate objects? Book sweaters? Lamp sweaters? The applications are endless.

        • kimmeister

          I actually did know its use, because we had had a previous conversation about how my mom uses a pebble to knock because of her arthritis. I think this lady liked the idea, and she is a big time knitter, so my rock has a sweater so that it doesn’t knock TOO hard and possibly damage someone’s door. She has also knitted me fingerless gloves, a kerchief-type of thing, and a hat. She doesn’t drive so I regularly give her rides, and she feels like she needs to repay me with little gifts. She is of little means, so they are all handmade, and with much love.

          • cocohall

            Aw, that is all kinds of sweet. :0)

      • Liz

        I just love this idea! Just think of all the scrap yarn you can use up, you can make one for everyone on your list! LOL

      • DuBey2

        Knitted chotchkes, the “fruitcake” gift of 2014.

  • another_laura

    I am really tired of the overwrought eyeliner. She’s doing better than other girls, but this is just not floating my boat.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The thick eyeline trend needs to go away. Enough.
      Emma has grown up to be quite a looker.

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  • Dandesun

    I swear that cover could be transplanted from 1982.

    I don’t care, I’ll always love Hermione. (Even if it took to the fourth book for me to pronounce her name correctly.)

  • paginatrix

    Wait. I thought Tolkien did write the Old Testament. (slept through Sunday school. Sorry.)

  • @Biting Panda

    She is a lovely lady. The styling has me perplexed.

    • Synnamin

      me too. she’s so much better than the tilted-head, mouth open, vapid stare they have her doing

  • jilly_d

    The movie looks god awful, and that denim jumpsuit is beyond hideous. She, however, never ceases to be beautiful, charming, and well-spoken.

  • deelup

    What she can’t give yet is face.

  • muelonil

    I love this girl but I snorted when she called the story of Noah “Shakespearean.” Uh…try biblical, maybe?

    • French_Swede

      Yes, the story is biblical, but it seems to me she is referring to the human interaction aboard the Ark for 40 days and nights … like something out of a Shakespearean tragedy.

    • B_C_J

      I think she was referencing the intensity of emotion elicited by the circumstances surrounding the great flood & not trying to put it in its religious context

  • unbornfawn

    There is sort of an innocent sex thing going on. She’s transitioning into adulthood nicely.

  • French_Swede

    She’s lovely.

  • Fuchaforever

    She looks great!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    I pretty much laugh whenever I see that someone hired Russel Crowe for another movie.

    • FrigidDiva

      But at least they didn’t hire him to SING in this movie.

      • formerlyAnon

        I laughed.

      • DuBey2

        I wish I could like this x1000.

  • icm

    best she’s looked in a while.

  • majorbedhead

    OK, I want you to picture Hermione Granger in the first Harry Potter film. Did you EVER, in a million years, expect her to grow up and look like THAT? Because I sure as hell didn’t. Dayum, honey!

    • Evan

      My mom and I always thought she was cute, but I never thought she would grow up to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.

    • Alloy Jane

      Odd, even with the ridiculous crimped hair she had in the first movie, she was already too attractive to be a convincing Hermione. Hermione is supposed to have unruly, frizzy-curly hair and buckteeth, she’s not supposed to look like a pixie. Ginny is the beautiful one.

  • BlairBear

    Rodarte ruins another editorial (the necklace isn’t bad though

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    I saw a trailer for the “Noah” movie and all I could think of was the old Bill Cosby routine–“Noah, this is the Lord” “RIGHT!” “I want you to build an ark. I want you to make it 300 cubits long.” “Right…..what’s a cubit?” Find it, I’m sure it’s on YouTube, hysterical.

    Anyway, others have already said everything I noticed: big eye makeup day, bathing suits ‘n’ boots day, fuzzy Kors sweaters and sex kitten photographic references day. So all I can add is, Emma seems to be doing it best.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    “What if Tolkien wrote the Old Testament?” OMG, if there were going to Orcs and Elves in this version, I would definitely see it. Imagine Orcs clambering up the side of the ark, and getting swatted by Russell Crowe, or better yet, getting shot by Legolas! Yes, my old Sunday School teachers would be spinning in their graves, and my mother would look at me, shake her head and sweetly say “You always were a strange child”. Seriously-my dear departed mom actually did say that to me-probably after I’d said something that to her was completely outrageous.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    It’s as if Natalie Wood and Ann-Margaret had a baby.

  • Miss wks

    What’s with the penis holder on the front of those jeans?

  • B_C_J

    Cover photo is beautiful. I don’t see hermione. I don’t see refined English young lady. I see cute Midwestern gal. She has talent (& beauty) & smarts.

  • NinjaCate

    Glad she finally grew the hair out.

  • kerryev

    She looks adorable; I desperately hate all the clothes.

  • marlie

    Emma gives good face, but I hate the clothes. And as much as I wanted to like it, the trailer for Noah looks REALLY bad.

  • JauntyJohn

    That Taylor quote is kind of chilling.
    And who better to speak to her over the expanse of time and space on such a thing – sharp girl to “hear” it.

  • quiltrx

    The cover is serving up ALLY SHEEDY REALNESS. And for that, I salute this cover.

  • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

    I love that her freckles are still visible. She’s doing a nice job of moving on from Hermione without blowing her to smithereens. This editorial is doing a bang-up job of showing her potential range without trying too hard.

  • MichelleRafter

    I appreciate Emma Watson’s acting, style, life choices, etc., but she lacks the voluptuous curves that would really sell the 60s sex kittey look, especially the fringe bra. Though those boots are killer.

  • Columbinia

    They got some life out of the wan waif in that photo spread.

  • andreawey

    um nice canadian tuxedo….

  • conniemd

    Because we all wear heavy denim jackets over swimsuits… She looks great.

  • BayTampaBay

    I think she looks great.

  • KinoEye

    Hahahahahaha. “What if Tolkien wrote the old testament?” Nailed it. Also, has anyone else realized that Russell Crowe spends a disproportionate amount of his career on boats? He has that awful band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunt, and in one of their music videos, he’s on a boat. He spends almost all of Master and Commander on boats. Looking through Google images, there are thousands of pictures of him boating in his off time. And now he makes the ultimate boat movie. If I see it, it’ll take a superhuman effort to keep a straight face.

    Emma looks fab, full stop.

  • mjude

    love her

  • Clash D

    Man, that is such a bad angle for her on the cover. She almost looks like a dude. Her body however – Denim on denim never looked so good.

  • amaranth16

    I’m getting some Edie Sedgwick. That last photo is supremely adorable, but the cover shot is so Photoshopped that she is unrecognizable in it.

  • willworktomorrow

    I love what she says in this interview. It feels real, and poignant. Well done.

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Love her to bits, but nobody gets a pass on double denim.

  • Mazenderan

    I just never find her convincing as a fashionista. I always feel that she looks like a little girl playing dress up in her mum’s clothes. Maybe she’s just not found her style. The clothes seem to wear her, not vice-versa.

  • Alloy Jane

    She looks like KStew on the cover. Other pics are dumb and a waste of her ability to wear clothes well. I miss her short hair. Especially since the styling in this photo shoot does nothing for it.

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com cheekypinky

    Well, that styling is…something.