Emma Watson Feels Like She Finally ‘Made that Transition into Being a Woman On-Screen’

It took some time, but Emma Watson says she finally feels like a woman on the big screen.

The Beauty and the Beast actress, 26, opens up to Vanity Fair in its March issue about filming the live-action Disney movie and how it helped her take the next step in her acting career.

“When I finished the film, it kind of felt like I had made that transition into being a woman on-screen,” she says, adding that Belle is “absolutely a Disney princess, but she’s not a passive character — she’s in charge of her own destiny.”

The actress was instrumental in giving the Disney princess a more feminist edge, insisting that certain aspects be changed so she feels more modern. “I was like, ‘The first shot of the movie cannot be Belle walking out of this quiet little town carrying a basket with a white napkin in it,’ ” she says. “‘We need to rev things up!’”

In the original animated film, Belle assists her father with his many inventions, but for the live-action film, Watson helped change her character so that she is an inventor herself. The character is working on a “modern washing machine that allows her to sit and read” in this…