As she nears the Big Three-Oh, the star of Harry Potter is defining herself in her own terms… and her terms are WEIRD.
Emma Watson, 29, is an actress and feminist activist best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie franchise. She has also played the role of Belle in the live-action version of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. As her milestone birthday creeps ever closer, she is preparing herself for the milestone.
Watson is so millennial that she’s decided to eschew conventional nomenclature and create a whole new category for herself.
Normally, if someone is not in a committed relationship, they are said to be single because they are not a part of a couple. Like a good feminist, Watson told British Vogue that she has chosen instead to call herself “self-partnered.”
Emma Watson has said she prefers to call herself “self-partnered” rather than single as she approaches her 30th birthday.
Watson, 29, who rose to fame as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, coined the phrase in an interview with British Vogue in which she discussed the pressures of turning 30.
Watch the full British Vogue interview here:
She said that she is anxious to be approaching 30, but she’s happy with her life.
She told British Vogue: “If you have not built a home, if you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby, and you are turning 30, and you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career, or you’re still figuring things out… There’s just this incredible amount of anxiety.”
Speaking of how she had never believed the “‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she added: “It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”
There are many people that don’t find that special someone before they turn 30, and are satisfied with their lives.
However, there are some feminists that have regrets. The creator and inspiration for Sex & The City, Candace Bushnell, says that she regrets not settling down and having kids when she was younger. Now that she’s older, she feels “truly alone” and regrets focusing on her career instead of building a family.
Only Emma Watson can choose what Emma Watson wants, however.
But her wording choice is reminiscent of nutty actress Gwenyth Paltrow and her ex-husband Chris Martin of Coldplay who coined the phrase “conscious uncoupling” when they decided to file for divorce. It’s just a bit bizarre and doesn’t really change what reality is — a “conscious uncoupling” still means that the marriage is ending and “self-partnered” still means that Emma Watson is single.