Emma Watson says the Beauty and the Beast remake offers “more depth” than the original.
The 26-year-old actress plays the role of Belle in the fantasy movie, which is a remake of the 1991 Disney animation, and has said the upcoming production gives the original story “more detail” and gives fans “more to enjoy.”
Speaking at the UK premiere of the movie at Spencer House in London, Emma said: “I just think that if you love the original, then we really fill in parts of the backstory. There’s more depth, there’s more detail, and I think that if you’re a fan then there’s more to enjoy.”
And the actress – who stars alongside Dan Stevens as the Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston – say she connects with the character because of her ability to be “non-judgmental”.
When asked what makes Belle such a good person, the brunette beauty said: “For me it’s just that she’s so non-judgmental. She’s able to see past Beast’s exterior and even his bad temper, frankly, to see that there’s a vulnerable and loving man underneath. And I think people could learn a lot from Belle.”
Emma also dubbed the movie as “joyful” and “romantic”, and said the movie’s “universal” themes are what makes it a story that has stood the test of time.
She said: “It’s so joyful. It’s so romantic, it’s so funny, it’s so deep. It’s at moments really frightening, and I think it’s one of these films that is just really universal. It just fills you with joy. You go and watch it and you come out just feeling fuller for having seen it.”
Meanwhile, the star recently said she found it “really fun” playing the lead role as the iconic Disney princess because she was able to “pad” out her characters backstory.
She explained: “That’s the wonderful thing about Belle I feel like even in the original she was very progressive she was kind of a departure from a lot of the other Disney princess characters and so I think it was really just where in the moments I can fill in a bit more of her back story I can pad her out a little bit more, it was really fun to be able to do that.”