Fans of the Harry Potter films have known it for years: Emma Watson is amazing. And she just keeps getting better!
The 24-year-old British actress announced yesterday that she is the newest Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N.’s gender-equality arm, U.N. Women. She’ll be working on their women’s empowerment campaign, HeForShe, and said in a statement, “Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting.”
Advocate, actress, style star, and all-around incredible person—is there anything Emma can’t do? We think not. It was hard to narrow it down, but here are the top ten reasons we’re rooting for Emma.
1. She’s a humanitarian.
Before joining the UN, Emma was the face of People Tree, a fair trade clothing company in the UK, and toured Bangladesh and Zambia to meet with garment factory workers and promote girls’ education.
2. She’s passionate.
When she accepted her “Trailblazer Award” at the MTV Movie Awards in 2013, Emma had this to tell the young people watching around the world:
3. She’s smart.
Emma graduated from Brown University this spring with a degree in English literature. Ivy league diploma? Check!
4. She’s a talented artist.
Not only is she an incredibly talented actress, but she’s also an artist! Check out this self portrait that Emma painted. In a Vogue profile from a few years ago, writer Amanda Foreman toured Emma’s home and noted, “”As Emma takes me on a tour of her house, the extraordinary depth and breadth to her talents become obvious. Every room is framed around a beautiful artifact—a piece of furniture or fabric picked up at a flea market in Paris or Los Angeles—and her artworks show that she can both paint and draw exquisitely.”
5. She’s humble.
Even though she’s a worldwide super-star, she still took the time to make this little boy’s day (OK, life) on Halloween. Swoon factor is officially off the charts!
6. She has great taste in friends.
Here she is, goofing off with Jennifer Lawrence at yesterday’s Dior show at Paris Fashion Week. There is almost too much adorable-ness in this photo to process.
7… And clothes.
Part of the reason Emma was able to made the transition from child star to Hollywood royalty so seamlessly? Because she stuns on every red carpet and in every photo shoot. We love her impeccable, elegant, and sexy-but-still-age-appropriate style. No wonder fashion houses like Chanel, Balmain, and Saint Laurent fall all over themselves to get Emma into their garments.
8. She’s not afraid to take risks.
Whether it means wearing pants under a dress (and magically making it look good?!), cutting her hair into a pixie, or rooming with a complete stranger her freshman year at Brown, Emma knows no fear. She’s said, “I’ve probably earned the right to screw up a few times. I don’t want fear of failure to stop me doing what I really care about.”
9. She’s funny.
This was her sarcastic, hilarious response to rumors that she would be starring in the upcoming 50 Shades movie. Keeping it real is just part of the game when you’re Emma Watson.
10. She’s a role model.
Not only is her Harry Potter character Hermione an example of a smart, savvy, and brave young woman, but Emma herself is also all about encouraging girls to speak their minds, be themselves, and be powerful. “I feel like young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. It’s b***s***. I identify much more with being a warrior—a fighter,” she’s said. “If I was going to be a princess, I’d be a warrior princess. Definitely.”
But even when she’s a warrior, she can’t help being adorable. Here’s Emma doing a “scary face” for Jimmy Fallon:
Do you love Emma Watson as much as we do?