People fail to recognize Emma Watson

London: `Harry Potter` star Emma Watson says that many of the people she meets are clueless about her fame and once she dated a guy at university who had no idea that she was a star.

The `Harry Potter` actress, who shot to overnight fame playing Hermione Granger at the age of 10, in the hit franchise is currently studying at Brown University in America and loves the fact that the people she has befriended don`t care about her stardom, Contactmusic reported.

"The amazing thing is that everyone here is interested in their own lives, so they aren`t nosy about mine. I`m used to people being intrusive and gossipy, but I can be anonymous. My best friend at Brown has never seen a `Harry Potter` movie or read the books. And one guy I dated didn`t know anything about the films, much less that I was one of the stars, which I found hilarious," said 20-year-old actress.

The British star has just begun her second year at the college and though she has adjusted, initially refused to have any verbal contact with her family as she felt homesick.

"Being at Brown has totally taken me out of my comfort zone. I`m so proud that I went to a different country to study and really spread my wings. I didn`t call home for three months. I`d send text messages, but it was too hard to pick up the phone - I`d just burst into tears," she explained.

"Dad told me, “Be yourself and you`ll be fine.” My mum was more like, “Make sure you wear a warm coat.” She sent me thermals and English chocolates," she added.

PTI

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