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On the one hand, it seems impossible that Emma Watson is turning 25 tomorrow, April 15, because we all know her so well as that precocious preteen Hermione Granger. On the other, Watson's thoughtful statements about gender equality and other important issues are wise beyond their years.
It's the latter we'd like to focus on as we wish the Harry Potter and Noah star a very happy birthday. We've always admired the young actress, but it's been inspiring to see her grow into such an informed, well-spoken, and passionate advocate for women's rights. She's addressed the United Nations, stared down hackers, and motivated us all — men and women — to be just a little bit better. She's graceful, yet grounded, intelligent, but approachable. She's everything you'd want a movie star to be. She's also everything you'd want a young woman to be.
Bear that in mind as you discover some of Watson's most powerful quotes. Here's to another year of greatness, gal.
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