Watch Emma Watson's Emotional, Engaging Interview With Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai
By Julie Miller
Throughout her 15-year acting career, Emma Watson has probably been interviewed thousands of times. But on Wednesday, the Ivy League-educated actress and U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador had the opportunity to actually ask the questions, and not just to another Hollywood player, but to Malala Yousafzai, the 18-year-old Pakistani activist for female education who, last year, became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
Although the two have completely different backgrounds, Watson and Yousafzai proved to be the perfect conversational match, as both are young, eloquent activists who have delivered powerful speeches at the U.N.; have inspired many and accomplished much for their age group; and who, as Watson brings up in the discussion, have an affinity for the color pink.
During the course of the conversation, which opened the Into Film Festival, the two discussed "He Named Me Malala," the documentary inspired by Yousafzai’s story; a potential female president for the U.S.; and why feminism can be such a tricky word.
While Watson started off the conversation by calling Yousafzai one of her personal heroes, it was not long before the Nobel Prize winner returned the compliment.
"I hesitated in saying [whether I am] a feminist or not," Yousafzai confessed to Watson. "After hearing your [U.N.] speech, when you said, 'If not now, when? If not me, who?' I decided there's no way, and there's nothing wrong with calling yourself a feminist. I am a feminist and you're truly feminist, because feminism is another word for equality."
In the video, Watson is so touched by the words that her eyes fill with tears.
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