Emma Watson - Beauty and the Beast

Emma Watson’s ‘Belle’ An “Activist” In ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Beauty and the Beast, one of this year’s most anticipated films, may be a grand romance and adventure. However, it also manages to subtly spotlight the importance of reading and expanding one’s knowledge and imagination. Audio from Emma Watson, as she talks about how Paige O’Hara influenced her as a child, is found after the jump.

Emma Watson - Beauty and the Beast
Director/co-screenwriter Bill Condon on set with Belle (Emma Watson) in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic. The story and characters audiences know and love are brought to life in this stunning cinematic event…a celebration of one of the most beloved stories ever told. CR: Laurie Sparham

“I love that in our version, Belle is not only kind of odd, (she) doesn’t fit in,” says Watson. “You see her reading and you see her really not a part of the community. In our film, she’s actually an activist within her own community. She’s teaching other young girls who are part of her village to read. Moments like that where you could see her expanding beyond just her own little world and trying to kind of grow it – I loved that. And that was amazing to get to do.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Emma Watson talk to her about how Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle in 1991’s classic animated film Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast, co-starring Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad, opens nationwide March 17.