After ten years and 8 films, actress Emma Watson looks back on her "Harry Potter" acting years as a mixed blessing.
"I have spent more of my life being someone else than I have being myself," the actress told the UK Newspaper The Daily Mirror in an interview at the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2."
"Not a single second of the day was in my power," she added. "I was told what time I'd get picked up, what time I could eat and when I could go to the bathroom."
However, the actress, who plays Hermione Granger in the films, says that acting in the eight films has given her an acting crash course that few actors ever have the opportunity to obtain.
"I've worked with animals, special effects, I've done some serious stunts and I've worked with some of the best actors and actresses in the world. I couldn't have had better training," she said. "I feel I've graduated from the most difficult, hard-core film school of all time and I can't believe how lucky I've been. Now I'm ambitious to use what I've learned to do good work."
In the final installment of the "Harry Potter" franchise, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione return to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemort's final horcruxes. When Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle ever begins.
"It's embarrassing to see myself go through the awkward stages of growing up," Watson said about watching the earlier films. "My hair was just enormous!"
"So much time has passed and so much has happened that it seems I don't know her. But it's interesting to see how the character has evolved and how much I have changed," she added.
Watson recently revealed she once had "a huge crush" on her "Harry Potter" co-star Tom Felton, who stars as the nefarious Draco Malfoy in the films.
The actress says that now that she's got blockbuster films on her resume, she wants to focus on doing smaller films. The actress recently completed filming a starring role in "Perks of Being a Wallflower," slated for release in 2012.
"It had a minuscule budget, not a single special effect, it was mainly dialogue. I did lots of ad-libbing and I got to be funny," she said about shooting that movie. "I had the most amazing time filming it -- maybe the best six weeks of my life. And for the first time ever I felt sure that acting is what I want to pursue.