Emma Watson is a pretty reliable source for advice 鈥 even offering it up for $2 a pop 鈥 which is why we were open to her reason for choosing not to play Cinderella. That鈥檚 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鈥檚 new live-action Beauty and the Beast.

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The story may be 鈥渁s old as time,鈥 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, 鈥淚t鈥檚 something I really grappled with at the beginning: the Stockholm-syndrome question.鈥 However, in the actor鈥檚 opinion, Belle doesn鈥檛 fit the profile of someone suffering from the syndrome. She explained, 鈥淪he has none of the characteristics鈥 because she keeps her independence; she keeps that freedom of thought.鈥

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She continued, 鈥淚 also think there is a very intentional switch where, in my mind, Belle decides to stay. She鈥檚 giving him hell. There is no sense of 鈥業 need to kill this guy with kindness.鈥 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鈥檚 this defiance that 鈥榊ou think I鈥檓 going to come and eat dinner with you and I鈥檓 your prisoner 鈥 absolutely not.鈥欌

Fair enough. In plenty of ways, Belle isn鈥檛 the typical damsel in distress, and we鈥檙e sure Watson will prove that onscreen.

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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鈥檚 understanding instead of her victimization. 鈥淭he other beautiful thing about the love story is that they form a friendship first鈥 they have seen the worst of one another, and they also bring out the best. What鈥檚 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鈥︹

Emma boils it down to: 鈥淚t is [Belle鈥檚] superpower: empathy.鈥

We鈥檒l 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.

Do you think Belle is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome in Beauty and the Beast? Let us know @BritandCo!

(h/t Elite Daily; photos via David M. Benett/Getty, Disney)