In this 2017 remake of Disney’s fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love, Emma Watson plays Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.
Emma Watson told the Irish Independent recently that Belle’s struggles in Beauty and the Beast are symbolic for young women.
In the remake of the classic Disney film, the Harry Potter star takes on the role of inventor Belle, whose ingenious washing machine is destroyed by suspicious local villagers.
“I think that happens a lot with women and a lot with young girls,” Watson, 26, said in an interview with American publication People.
“Them destroying the washing machine is symbolic, not just of her breaking something she has spent hours working on, but them trying to break her spirit and trying to push her and mould her into an acceptable version of herself.
“It was very important to me that Belle meaningfully tried to escape.” Read more…