Emma Watson has revealed that she moped for an entire day and “struggled to get out of bed” after people critiqued her feminism.
Watson said she found it difficult to accept the tide of criticism which is part and parcel of the in-fighting which plagues the social justice movement.
In an interview with the UK edition of Elle magazine, she said: “It’s difficult to hear criticism from people you consider your peers and who you believe are on the same side”.
“There is a level of criticism that comes with being an actress…but once you take a stance on something like feminism, that’s a completely different ball game.”
“There were a couple of days when I just didn’t want to come out from under the duvet.
“At first I wasn’t sure if I should allow myself to be upset by it, but then I realised I needed to give myself 24 hours to sulk, and then move forward.”
Watson also took on other hot social justice topics, including the contentious gender pay gap, claiming that “no one is being paid equally”.
She said: “Whether you are a woman on a tea plantation in Kenya, or a stockbroker on Wall Street, or a Hollywood actress, no one is being paid equally”.
The actress – who gave the interview as part of a press campaign for the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film – said that she wants to study feminism more before commenting further.
“I need to see and do a bit more first. It’s not like I have been reading this material for years and I don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge,” she said.