Emma Watson is opening up about her life as she approaches her 30th birthday.
The former Harry Potterstar spoke candidly in an interview with British Vogue about the tough year shes had because she had all these ideas about where she would be at this stage of her life.
I was like, Why does everyone make such a big fuss about turning 30? This is not a big deal, she told the magazine for their December cover issue. Cut to 29, and Im like, Oh my God, I feel so stressed and anxious. And I realize its because there is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around. 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 youre not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career, or youre still figuring things out Theres just this incredible amount of anxiety.
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Watson said she struggles with the pressures of securing a perfect life and the same goes for her love life. The Little Woman actress said she sees no downside to being single as she approaches 30. She even has a term for people who arehappy just being in a relationship with themselves and not committing to one person.
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I am dating, as in not one specific person, but I am going on dates ...My friends are really good at setting me up, Watson explained. Even things that havent worked out romantically, some of my best friends are people Ive gotten set up on a date with.
I never believed the whole Im happy single spiel, she added. I was like, This is totally spiel. It took me a long time, but Im very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.
Watson isnt the only celebrity to use new verbiage to describe theirrelationships.
In 2014, Gwyneth Paltrows use of the term conscious uncoupling to describe her breakup with ex-husband Chris Martin had even Hollywood veterans scratching their heads and reaching metaphorically at least for a dictionary.
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The Oscar-winner and Goop founder recently explained that the now-infamous term became the catalyst for much of the stress she endured following the dissolution of her marriage.
I was in a lot of pain. It was so difficult. It felt like such a failure to me. It was so hard and I was so worried about my kids, Paltrow explained. Then there was this whole other layer of the world turning on us.
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She went on to admit that she might have used thephrasetoo early in the culture for people to fully appreciate it and saidshe thinks shetriggered a lot of people who were the sons and daughters of acrimonious divorces, or people in the middle of acrimonious divorces.
Watson told British Vogue said that herimmense fame and accolades at such a young ageled her to seek therapy. Shealso questioned the decision to tap her to star in the Potter films at just nine years of age.
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Thats another thing Ive sat in therapy and felt really, really guilty about to be honest is like, why me? she said. Somebody else would have enjoyed and wanted this aspect of it more than I did. I struggle with, Ive wrestled a lot with the guilt around that. I should be enjoying this more. I should be more excited, and Im actually really struggling.
Watson said it was important for her to remain humble about the opportunities afforded to her, adding that shes learned to separate herself from hericonic role of Hermione Granger.
Part of my sense of peace within myself has been remembering my identity as, Im someones daughter. Im my mothers daughter, I am my fathers daughter. I am a sister. I belong to a family. I come from a place. I have roots, she explained.
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I played a symbol, and I know this because shes a symbol for me, Watson added. I understand how this happened. I dont judge anyone I meet whos like Whoa, but Im not [Hermione Granger]... Sometimes I have to go, No, no. I need exactly what you need. Im just as human as you are. Im just as insecure as you are. I struggle just as much as you are.B: