Emma Watson of "Harry Potter" fame speaks with an American accent for the first time on the big screen in the new film "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," which sees her playing a U.S. high school student.
While playing her role, the 22-year-old British actress got even more of an American high school experience than she bargained for.
"I did prom, I did homecoming, I did dances. I like, hung around on a pickup truck. I went to a basketball game- baseball game," Watson said. "I hung out at the food court."
She made her comments at the film's premiere in Los Angeles on Monday, September 10. Watson arrived in a backless, nude Giorgio Armani gown with scattered beading and a loose halter neckline. At one point, she suffered a wardrobe malfunction when part of her front drooped down as she posed for photos.
The movie "The Perks of Being a WallFlower" is based on a 1999 book by Stephen Chbosky. He directs the film, which stars Logan Lerman as Charlie, a shy high school freshman who recently lost his best friend. He becomes friends with two older students - Patrick, portrayed by Ezra Miller, and Watson's character, Sam. He later develops a crush on her.
Watson, who was raised in England, is a former child star who is best known for playing young witch Hermoine Granger in the "Harry Potter" movies. She told OTRC.com she was "really anxious" about preparing for her role in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
"I knew going in that I had two challenges to face," she said. "One is that I had no personal high school experience to draw on, so I was like going into it, really making stuff up and two, I had to do this accent. So I did a lot of research. I went with a coach, I asked all the questions. I definitely had to put some prep work in, for sure."
Watson has lived on and off in the United States - she began her freshman year at Brown University in Rhode Island in the fall of 2009 and transferred after two years to Oxford in England. She said in October 2011 that she planned on returning to Brown, which lists her as a future graduate of its 2013 class.
"The Perks of Being A Wallflower" also stars "Vampire Diaries" actress Nina Dobrev as Charlie's sister, Paul Rudd as his English teacher and Kate Walsh and Dylan McDermott as his parents. The movie is due to hit select theaters in the United States on September 21.
Watson also plays an American in the movie "The Bling Ring." She portrays a teenage burglar. The movie is based on the true story of a group of celebrity-obsessed teens who broke into the homes of several stars such as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Watson says she watched reality television, including footage of Kim Kardashian, who was not one of the burglary targets, to prepare for her role.