Emma Watson addresses concern of ‘Stockholm syndrome’ in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Emma Watson is aware of the criticism that says “Beauty and the Beast” portrays an unhealthy romantic relationship — and she said she took them into consideration before she signed on to play Belle in the live-action reboot of the classic story.

“It’s such a good question and it’s something I really grappled with in the beginning — the kind of Stockholm Syndrome question about this story,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “That’s where a prisoner will take on the characteristics of and fall in love with the captor.”

Watson said this doesn’t necessarily ring true for Belle. In the film, Belle is imprisoned by the fearsome Beast after sacrificing herself for her father, and falls in love with him after spending time…