With the excitement of the live action “Beauty and the Beast”, its surprising to know that Emma Watson, who plays the iconic Belle, was approached to play Cinderella. However, she turned it down, according to The Huffington Post.
Not knowing that “Beauty and the Beast” was going to be made, Watson explains, “I didn’t know they were going to make ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the time I turned down ‘Cinderella,’” Watson said. “But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did.”
The story of Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” has changed compared the animated version. Belle is the inventor, not her father. Watson resonated better with this version of Belle.
“That’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice,” Watson says. “There’s this kind of outsider quality that Belle had, and the fact she had this really empowering defiance of what was expected of her. In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. She manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view. She’s not easily swayed by other people’s perspective ― not swayed by fear-mongering or scapegoating.”
We think she chose well!