Emma Watson should be put on a debate for this argument.
Watson turned down the high-profile part of Cinderella in 2015 because “I didn’t know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella,” she tells Total Film. “But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did.”
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Watson argues Belle is a much better “role model” than Cinderella. “She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice,” she explains. “There’s this kind of outsider quality that Belle had, and the fact she had this really empowering defiance of what was expected of her. In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. She manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view. She’s not easily swayed by other people’s perspective—not swayed by fear-mongering or scapegoating.
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