Starring in one of the more anticipated films of next year, a modern take on cult-classic Beauty and The Beast, Watson revealed to Entertainment Weekly that she refused to wear a corset under her character’s iconic yellow dress because she wanted to play an “active” princess and felt a corset could restrict her movement.
Movement, for 26-year-old Watson, was key to her character being able to express herself and do justice to the storyline.
“I really embraced working on the dress, making sure that it was utterly whimsical, and magical,” she told Entertainment Weekly.
“The scene that I wear that dress in, and I have that dance in, it really tells the story of Beast and Belle falling in love. You know, we don’t have a huge amount of time in the story to tell that story. The dance, for me, is really where the audience starts to see it happening and starts knowing that it is happening.”
It’s not the only way Watson’s character has evolved in the film’s adaption.