Emma Watson’s smart haircut.
As many of you know, Emma Watson – the actress famous for portraying Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise – has gone and chopped off all of her hair. Or, rather, she paid a professional to chop it all off and said professional did a fantastic job of it! It’s a adorable and chic at the same time and totally smart. And not just smart in the way one says “that’s a smart suit” – although it does fit that particular bill as well. But it’s a totally smart pop culture power move as well.
One look at Watson’s IMDB page and you see that the bulk of her experience and acting credits come from the Harry Potter films. And while that’s an impressive franchise to be a part of for your first foray into major movies and she has gained a great deal of fame and success as a result, it’s also a really dangerous position to be in when it comes to typecasting. And this is a demon that seems to plague a number of women in Hollywood. Lynda Carter has lived in the shadow of Wonder Woman for decades. Gillian Anderson will forever be Dana Scully in the minds of so many. And Sarah Michelle Gellar hasn’t had much of a career since Buffy ended. And it would be easy to see Ms. Watson exiled to Hermione purgatory for the rest of her life. So what better move could she make than to radically change her appearance and leave nothing of Hermione behind?
Hermione is known for her “bushy hair” – as described in the books. And while the filmmakers stopped making Emma’s hair look bushy for the role after the first two films, she look hasn’t changed much throughout the run of the HP films save in the ways that can’t be helped due to maturity. But all you have to do is to look at the photo posted above to see that Hermione has left the building. The two part finale to the Harry Potter films is done and dusted and Watson’s not letting herself rest on Hermione’s laurels. She’s declaring her independence from the character and showing that she’s bold and unafraid to completely overhaul her image so Hermione is totally erased when people look at her. It fits really, as she’s always struck me as intelligent, savvy and rather classy, especially in the Burberry campaign she’s been a part of. And it just goes to show you how powerful a haircut can be. And seriously, she looks so effing good with that short pixie! Congratulations on resisting the Rapunzel hair, Emma! May your career be long and free of typecasting.