I loved, loved, loved the movie “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” starring the gorgeously sensitive Emma Watson. And now HERE SHE IS in ROOKIE magazine, declaring that she’s an introvert and a reader of QUIET!
Made. My. Day.
Here’s the full quote from Emma:
“[QUIET] discusses how extroverts in our society are bigged up so much, and if you’re anything other than an extrovert you’re made to think there’s something wrong with you. That’s like the story of my life. Coming to realize that about myself was very empowering, because I had felt like Oh my god, there must be something wrong with me, because I don’t want to go out and do what all my friends want to do.” — Emma Watson | ROOKIE
Dear Emma, if by chance you ever happen upon this post — I would love to talk to you about this. Many performers are introverts, and your many quiet-ish fans would be so inspired to hear more about your true self. Thank you!
This is great!! Emma Watson is such a great person and role model. keep it up!
I loved that movie too! Emma Watson is lovely and so talented.
I was hoping to scroll down and see Emma’s response in the comments section….
Susan, thanks for linking to this interview. As a 50-something, I never would have come across this by browsing the Rookie website. Yet, I find much that resonates. I think Emma speaks for a lot of introverts when she talks about the desire to make things that have value. And I love this quote:
“I just feel so uncomfortable being a Google News article.”
Dear Ms. Cain,
The Rookie magazine interview was the best I’ve ever read with Emma. I have always liked Emma as a person b/c we share similar interests, values, and philosophies. After reading the Rookie article I realized we have something deeper in common. The quote you posted by Emma is the one that brought tears to my eyes when I read it b/c it’s my life too. I have often felt like there was something wrong with me since early childhood. “Sensitivity, seriousness, shyness.” Not going along with what my friends did, etc. All me. I feel a total connection to Emma as a person understanding exactly how she feels & how difficult the celebrity part of her job must be for her. Some people say, “How could you be an actor and be shy?” & being shy and a teacher myself I understand exactly how it’s possible. What Emma does on the red carpet I similarly do in the classroom. It’s a show. You do it because you’re required to for your job, but it doesn’t mean you’re entirely comfortable doing it. Like you said “many people pretend to be extroverts”. You pretend so well that people are shocked and in disbelief when they learn that you’re actually shy. Recently, I have also started working in the performing arts as a background actor. My 1st job was working on Noah last summer. I didn’t get to work with Emma but I found a love for acting & I’m kicking myself for letting my shyness and fears of failure and rejection get in the way of exploring something I’ve always been interested in. I am much older than Emma but she inspires me very much & I value her opinions and judgement. So when she mentioned your book in the article I immediately looked it up online and read an excerpt. It didn’t take me long to realize I had to buy your book. I am almost finished reading it and I love it. It’s helping me so much. I have so many notes in the margin and as I read it I’m learning a lot about myself. I also think of Emma and what a grand thing it would be to have just a normal intellectual conversation about your book with her and to thank her for inspiring me and I want to thank you too, Ms Cain, for helping me realize that though I’m introverted there’s nothing wrong with me. I am fine the way I am.
It would be great if you could interview Emma! I just bought your book and shall be reading it with great interest.