Emma Watson Feels Inadequate & Suffers From “Impostor Syndrome”


‘Harry Potter’ actress Emma Watson says she doesn’t think she is a good actress. She admits she often feels inadequate and believes people will discover how terrible she is at any moment and her career will be over. She also thinks she’s got “impostor syndrome” because she doesn’t feel like she belongs with all of the other big names in Hollywood which she now works alongside:

”It’s called the impostor syndrome. It’s almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I’m just going, ‘Any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud, and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved.’ I can’t possibly live up to what everyone thinks I am and what everyone’s expectations of me are.”

Emma also reveals she is interested in one day writing her own book but might consider releasing it under a different name just to separate herself from it. She doesn’t think it’s a bad thing that people have formed their ideas of what she is like as a person because of the way she was during ‘Harry Potter’ but she is grateful for those who allow her to show off her new more mature self:

”I almost feel like I would have to publish it under another name – just because there’s a definition of me out there that feels kind of stuck in the moment when it was formed. I was 15 or 16 then, and I’m now 23. I’m not complaining, because people really have given me permission to evolve and have been very supportive of my work outside of ‘Harry Potter’. So I don’t feel too suffocated in that sense. But sometimes I’ve felt a little constrained by that idea of who I’m meant to be.”