Emma Watson will portray Belle in Disney's forthcoming live-action adaptation of "Beauty & the Beast." However, once upon a time, the 26-year-old turned down the chance to bring another Disney princess to life.
In an interview with Total Film Magazine, the "Harry Potter" actress revealed that she'd refused the opportunity to play Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh's 2015 remake. Watson wasn't impressed by Cinderella while Belle aligned "so much more" with her feminist commitments.
"I didn't know they were going to make 'Beauty and the Beast' at the time I turned down 'Cinderella,'" she told Total Film Magazine. "But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did. She remains curious, compassionate, and open-minded. And that's the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice."