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Emma Watson says she loves how different her 'Bling Ring' role is from Hermione Granger

Emma Watson stars as a celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles teenager in Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring,' which premiered at Cannes. Emma Watson says she's enjoying 'having the chance to transform into new roles.'


Emma Watson (l., with 'Bling Ring' director Sofia Coppola) stars in 'The Bling Ring' as one of a group of teenagers who broke into celebrities' homes.

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Emma Watson is reveling in her post-"Potter" freedom at the Cannes Film Festival, relishing a Valley Girl role far from her wise-beyond-her-years Hermione.

The 23-year-old "Harry Potter" actress stars in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," which premiered Thursday at the French Riviera festival. The British actress plays a celebrity-obsessed, thickly accented Los Angeles teenager who, with a group of friends, burgles Hollywood stars such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

At Cannes, Watson told reporters that while she remains proud of her work on the "Potter" films, they now feel long ago.

"I'm not trying to run away from it," she said. "I've just had an amazing three or four years. I'm really re-enjoying having the chance to transform into new roles and work with new creative people."

"The Bling Ring" is based on a Vanity Fair article about the true story of teenagers who robbed celebrities like Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom while they were out at premieres and other events. The character Watson plays, Nicki, is modeled on Alexis Neiers, who starred in the reality series "Pretty Wild."


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