Emma Watson Reveals She Has Impostor Syndrome In Interview With Tavi Gevinson

I honestly don’t know how much more love for Emma Watson I can fit in my heart. It’s just getting too full, and I’m all ACCIO MORE SPACE FOR EMMA BECAUSE SHE’S FLAWLESS. I’m calming down. I’m fine.

Anyway, while I’ve been mourning the end of Harry Potter, it’s been thrilling to see Emma move forward and play awesome roles. She was fabulous in My Week With Marilyn, and she was everything in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Now, she’s starring in the upcoming Sofia Coppola film, The Bling Ring which I am literally dying over.

One of our favorite ladies, Tavi Gevinson, interviewed Emma Watson for Rookie Magazine and it did not disappoint. Tavi touches on feeling inadequate and insecure. Emma’s response is just, wow.

“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. It’s weird—sometimes [success] can be incredibly validating, but sometimes it can be incredibly unnerving and throw your balance off a bit, because you’re trying to reconcile how you feel about yourself with how the rest of the world perceives you.”

Not that I want anyone to feel inadequate, but it’s really refreshing to hear someone like Emma Watson be open about it. She’s someone who you look at and just assume that she has it together all the time. It’s really comforting to know that someone who is successful still has times when they don’t feel 100% because no one is happy with themselves every second of everyday.

And I know exactly the feeling that Emma is talking about. It’s like no matter what you do, you always think you can do better or you think it’s just not enough. You’re wondering why people congratulate you or think you’re so great when you don’t quite feel that way yourself.

Impostor syndrome is a a real thing, too. You can’t accept your accomplishments or you think they’re because of chance instead of skill and hard work. I feel that way a lot and never knew it was an actual thing.

I don’t want Emma Watson to feel like she doesn’t deserve everything she’s achieved in her life, but I am so enamored by her for being so open and honest with us. I think this will help anyone who’s feeling even the slightest bit inadequate to realize they’re not alone in feeling that way.

Do you have impostor syndrome? Have you ever heard of it before? What do you think about Emma’s interview? Tell us in the comments!

Let’s hope Emma gets to play Belle in Beauty And The Beast!

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  • Gicelle

    My best friend and I were talking the other day about how when someone likes you, it’s so strange to think that they think of you as so beautiful and perfect, when you don’t always see yourself that way. Basically, it’s the same thing with celebrities. It’s weird to be called perfect by anyone because you’re the only one who sees you poop, and burp, and cry over your ex (and not in an attractive, movie way but a snot all over the face way). In their natural setting, no one is glamorous. But everyone is beautiful=)

    • Marie

      You’re amazing. Can I be you when I grow up?

  • Janice

    Oh, God! I feel like that all the time. I always think that I’m not good enough and that my efforts are just worthless. No matter what I do, I will never reach perfection. This is just amazing, an incredible person like Emma being so open about a very human concern we’ve all felt at least once.