Emma Watson Responds to the Beauty and the Beast Love Controversy
Emma Watson is a pretty reliable source for advice — even offering it up for $2 a pop — which is why we were open to her reason for choosing not to play Cinderella. That’s also why we were totally interested to find out what she had to say about the latest controversy surrounding her role as Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast.
The story may be “as old as time,” with the captive woman falling for the seemingly broken man (or, er, beast) who has imprisoned her. But there happens to be another name for that sort of sitch: Stockholm Syndrome.
Emma Watson, of course, was totally aware of this potential eyebrow-raising plot point, telling Entertainment Weekly, “It’s something I really grappled with at the beginning: the Stockholm-syndrome question.” However, in the actor’s opinion, Belle doesn’t fit the profile of someone suffering from the syndrome. She explained, “She has none of the characteristics… because she keeps her independence; she keeps that freedom of thought.”
She continued, “I also think there is a very intentional switch where, in my mind, Belle decides to stay. She’s giving him hell. There is no sense of ‘I need to kill this guy with kindness.’ Or any sense that she deserves this. In fact, she gives as good as she gets. He bangs on the door, she bangs back. There’s this defiance that ‘You think I’m going to come and eat dinner with you and I’m your prisoner — absolutely not.’”
Fair enough. In plenty of ways, Belle isn’t the typical damsel in distress, and we’re sure Watson will prove that onscreen.
She also emphasized the nature of the relationship between Belle and the Beast, one that may have developed out of an adversarial situation, but grows due to Belle’s understanding instead of her victimization. “The other beautiful thing about the love story is that they form a friendship first… they have seen the worst of one another, and they also bring out the best. What’s so beautiful about this story as a whole is this idea that Belle is able to see past these extraneous, external, superficial qualities of Beast. She is able to see deeper…”
Emma boils it down to: “It is [Belle’s] superpower: empathy.”
We’ll be able to witness that empathy ourselves, as well as all of the fairy-tale love and action when Beauty and the Beast comes to theaters on March 17.
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(h/t Elite Daily; photos via David M. Benett/Getty, Disney)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)