You'd never think it but despite having a voice of an angel, Emma Watson is not a fan of belting out tunes like "Living On A Prayer" at her local karaoke bar. And apparently the nerves with being on stage in front of a drunken crowd are nothing to do with it.
Talking at the New York City premiere of #BeautyAndTheBeast, the leading lady revealed that she's just too much of a perfectionist for karaoke, saying:
"I can't not take it seriously. I don't know how to do it for fun."
Her role in Disney's epic live-action though is a different story, a performance that Emma does take very seriously indeed. Perk up your ears and have a listen to her beautiful voice in the clip below:
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Beauty and the Beast will be Watson's first full singing role — apparently, she hadn't used those pipes since she was 12-years-old before she sent director Bill Condon a clip of herself. Recalling that time, she said she had reservations of whether she would be able to pull it off:
"It was something that I had always wanted to do and I loved to do as a child. Whether or not I could pull off being in one of the biggest musicals of all time, I wasn't sure in the beginning. I was pretty nervous."
She then added:
"Being around so many talented performers and working with [composer] Alan [Menken], it just raises the bar. And you have to find a way to get there."
To get to where we see her in Disney's stunning feature, the 26-year-old admits to training with a vocal couch for three months. Talking of the production experience, Alan Menken recently also revealed that Emma was far too nervous to sing in front of him for a long time. He said:
"I worked with her in the studio to a degree. She was nervous. She was a little cowed with the idea of singing in front of the composer, so I hung back because as you can tell, I'm a very intimidating presence. But it was important that I step back. She grew up on my music. I just wanted to give her the space she needed to feel comfortable singing, and she got there."
So there you go folks, you might not be seeing Emma Watson swaying to a karaoke old-time favorite anytime soon, but at least you can watch her doing her thing as Belle as many times as you want once the DVD comes out.
Beauty and the Beast is in theaters from March 17.
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