Sorry Emma Watson fans - you won't be seeing Hermione in any new films for a while. The Harry Potter actress is taking a year off from acting to focus on personal development - specifically, she'll be "homeschooling" herself and doing some serious reading on gender studies.
"I'm taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really," Watson told legendary feminist bell hooks in an interview with Paper magazine. "My own personal development is one. I know that you read a book a day. My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club. I'm doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own. I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading. That I was learning so much on my own. I actually wanted to keep on the path that I'm on. I'm reading a lot this year, and I want to do a lot of listening."
"When I was talking to my mom about going and doing the gender studies, she was like, 'It feels like you'd be trying to prove to everyone that you're smart and trying to prove something by doing that. You're learning so much on your own at the moment and enjoying it so much. You can prove that you care about it by spending time listening and talking to as many people as you can and keep doing what you're doing,'" Watson said later. "I do feel like I have to overcompensate at times."
Watson is a Women Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, and has done ample work for the HeForShe campaign, which calls for men to get more involved in the fight for gender equality. Her sabbatical from acting is sure to give her plenty of time to immerse herself in the world of gender studies, whether she chooses to do so in a classroom or not.