Hollywood actress Emma Watson, who stars in Beauty and the Beast says she was offered to play Cinderella in Disney’s film of the same name, before agreeing to do Belle in Beauty and the Beast. And to her Belle is preferred to Cinderella because the former is a better role model.
“I didn’t know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella, but when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did,” Watson says in an interview.
“She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice,” she said in the interview adding, “The core DNA of Belle is a feminist,” adds the actress.
And she continues, “There’s this kind of outsider quality that Belle had, and the fact she had this really empowering defiance of what was expected of her. In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. She manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view. She’s not easily swayed by other people’s perspective — not swayed by fear-mongering or scapegoating.”
Beauty and the Beast directed by Bil Condon stars apart from Ema, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline and others. It releases on March 17.