How do you promote a Biblical movie that even the religious folk have essentially shunned and are extremely skeptical about? You funnel your promotion through one of the most profitable actresses ever to live. That’s not an exaggeration either.
While much of Emma Watson’s eye-popping box office gross came from her supporting role in the Harry Potter franchise, she has, to date, banked nearly $2.6 billion domestically and more than $8 billion worldwide. Those numbers are, in conjunction with her upcoming release Noah, the reason why she landed the Cinemaniax Spotlight for this month.
Here are some of the highlights from the hour-long Twitter fan Q&A:
Q: Where do you find your best inspiration?
EW: Books. People. Music. Small acts of kindness. Good food. Travel. My contemporaries. My family. Yoga. Animals.
Q: As a young lady growing up in a competitive industry, what piece of advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
EW: Separate the work from the person. Great talent doesn’t necessarily equal a great human being.
Q: What advice would you give to all the teenagers these days?
EW: I’d tell them what they put on the internet lives forever.
Q: Noah has an amazing cast. What was your biggest learning experience working with these phenomenal actors?
EW: Work ethic. Patience. The importance of vulnerability. Trust. Team work.
Q: The trailers portray Noah to be action-y. Does it also have a good storyline?
EW: To me, Noah has action but at its heart, it’s an intimate family drama.
Q: How do you think playing Ila has improved you acting career?
EW: Massively. It was a huge opportunity for me. Darren pushed me further that I’ve gone before. I learned so much.
Q: What was it like working with Russell Crowe?
EW: He is a great actor. Working one on one with him was one of the richest experience I have ever had as an actress.
Q: Describe J.K. Rowling in three words.
EW: Generous. Warm. Funny.