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Dear Emma Watson

Candymag.com Correspondent Athena writes a letter to her biggest girl crush.
photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment (The Perks of Being A Wallflower)

Dear Emma Watson,

I was 7 years old when I first watched you play the role frizzy-haired, textbook-quoting Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  And like every other kid in my generation, I became a fan and follower of the Harry Potter series and saw you evolve—from the little girl playing the role of "the  brightest witch of her age" into the young lady that you are now, in my opinion, the perfect role model to every teenage girl.

You've been starring in films for more than a decade now, and I truly think that you're an undeniably great actress. You and Hermione are often thought of as one entity and I admire how you've stepped out of Hermione's shoes and made an effort to show your versatility as an actress by playing Pauline Fossil from Ballet Shoes and Princess Pea in The Tale of Desperaux even when the you were still filming Harry Potter.

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After the last installment of the Harry Potter movies, I was curious about what kind of roles you’d be taking on next. The last time I saw you on the big screen, you played the role of  Lucy in My Week With Marilyn, a movie which immediately became one of my favorites. I honestly can’t wait to see you as Sam in Perks of Being a Wallflower this September! I'll definitely be one of the first in line when it hits the cinemas. I also look forward to see you as Nicki in The Bling Ring next year. :)

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You've spent more than half of your life under the scrutinizing eye of the public. I think you've done an excellent job growing up gracefully in front of the camera. Unlike some of today's young stars, you never did something that would shock your fans just to gain publicity. And you also let your fans know more about your passions and who you are. I was in awe when I found out that you’re an artist not only in film, but also in dance and the visual arts as well. Really, is there anything you can’t do? :)

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The biggest thing that I admire about you is that you're equally passionate about acting and education. I think that it’s very admirable that you still pursued your education and went to university even though you're already a successful actress. Being open and firm about your attitude towards school and studying sends a positive message to a lot of young people. It shows that nothing can truly match the value of having an education, not even a successful showbiz career or legions of fans.

Aside from being my ultimate "life peg," you are also one of the people I take inspiration from when it comes to fashion. I adore your personal style because, to me, it is the perfect combination of classic and edgy. And I've constantly wondered how you always manage to look so chic and classy in anything you wear, be it a simple and casual outfit or one that's trendy and daring. And speaking of daring, I love how you cut your hair into the cutest pixie cut in 2010. Seeing how lovely you looked in such a bold hairstyle made me want to cut all of my hair off, too!

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I think I've been rambling for too long, so I guess I better end this letter by saying thanks. Thank you for being someone who I can look up to, for being a wonderful inspiration for me and other teenagers alike. :)                                                                                  

With fan girl love and respect,
Athena

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Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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