Like so many people around the world, I was first introduced to you through your role in Harry Potter. But as a mother of a young girl, I need to tell you that you are so much more. I would have never expected that someone who came into the public eye as a child actor would make such a huge impact on the world, but you’ve become someone that I can guide my daughter towards as a role model. One that I would like her to look up to as she grows, for many reasons.
The path of a child actor is a tricky one to navigate. It would have been easy to watch you go the way of so many success stories before you. A life of excess; of drugs and parties. But not once did I see you in the headlines for this reason.
As a mum, my heart already fills with dread at the idea of my daughter going out into the world. I’m worried about what she will be exposed to and what peer pressure will lead her to do.
I know how teenagers are, they want to fit in and be cool. Once upon a time that was me too, but now, thinking about my daughter in that situation, I’m already laying awake at night – and she’s only a year old!
While I’m not there yet I can only imagine that during those turbulent teenage years it can be helpful for kids to have a role model to look up to. The dangers out there for young women are so much more these days to what they were when I was a teenager (even though I know I too kept my mother awake at night!) but I hope that I can instill in her the kind of self and strength that you have shown so that she can make the right choices in whatever situation she may find herself in.
"I was first introduced to you through your role in Harry Potter." Image: Giphy.
You decided to use your position to better yourself and the lives of others, which is again something that I want my daughter to strive for. As an ambassador for gender equality, you’ve also made a point of not only supporting women around you, but supporting all women, whatever their circumstances, wherever they may be.