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Emma Watson Marks Her 33rd Birthday with Thoughtful Reflections on Life, Love & Growth


Emma Watson is celebrating her 33rd trip around the sun, reflecting on her time away from the spotlight and all the little things that have enriched and impacted her life.

The actor and activist who grew up on our screens as the clever and talented Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, has been keeping a relatively low profile over the last few years. In a post on social media, Emma opens up about what she’s been up to – and let’s just say, she’s been up to a lot!

“I stepped away from my life – I learned to surf (badly), I rode some horses (that went better), I did a lot of therapy (YESS therapy!)” she writes, adding that she joined forces with her brother Alex to create Renais, a new line of drinks which will be launching soon.

“I adopted Sofia in Mexico, who seems to be an angel not a dog. We filmed a Harry Potter reunion. I said goodbye to my Grandma and Grandpa. I retraced my steps. I started a women’s environmental investment fund,” Emma continues.

She goes on to share how she played Pickleball with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, learned the basics of golf and injured herself cooking “and then was only able to do things one handed for months.”

“I felt really sad and really pissed off about a lot of things. I learned more about love and being a woman. It took me three years but I have finally figured out a daily practice and can actually keep it for more than a few days in a row.”

Emma adds that she has been spending some time making Squarespace websites, directing her first commercial and even eats “green things now.”

Her words are accompanied by a stunning black-and-white photo of herself with her arms outstretched, a vision of freedom.

“These pictures were actually taken on my birthday last year, but I wasn’t ready to come out of my Covid Cocoon,” she writes, adding that today she feels free, using blue butterfly emojis to express her words.

And it seems Emma didn’t get to this point on her own – she thanks her brother Alex and as always, the sisterhood has come through too: “Thank you to the witches in my coven who were so pivotal in helping me arrive at where and who I am now. You are my Avengers and you inspire me and kick ass. It takes a village, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

(Feature Image Credit: Fred Duval/Shutterstock)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, the author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and the founder of CelebrityKind.

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