Emma Watson the famous actress who has been interviewed “N” number of times this time did a role reversal by being an interviewer representing herself as the United nations Goodwill ambassador and on the other side was the 18-year-old girl and the youngest Nobel prize winner and activist, Malala Yousafzai.
the dialogue between the two began with miss Watson calling Malala, one of her personal heroes.
Malala Yousafzai Interview By Emma Watson
Into Film Festival opening Q&AToday I met Malala. She was giving, utterly graceful, compelling and intelligent. That might sound obvious but I was struck by this even more in person. There are lots of NGOs out there in the world doing great things… But if there were one I would put my money on to succeed and make change on this planet, it would be hers. (The Malala Fund). Malala isn’t messing around or mincing her words (one of the many reasons I love her). She has the strength of her convictions coupled with the kind of determination I rarely encounter… And it doesn’t seem to have been diminished by the success she has already had. And lastly…She has a sense of peace around her. I leave this for last because it is perhaps the most important. Maybe as a result of what she has been through? I personally think it is just who she is…Perhaps the most moving moment of today for me was when Malala addressed the issue of feminism. To give you some background, I had initially planned to ask Malala whether or not she was a feminist but then researched to see whether she had used this word to describe herself. Having seen that she hadn’t, I decided to take the question out before the day of our interview. To my utter shock Malala put the question back into one of her own answers and identified herself. Maybe feminist isn’t the easiest word to use… But she did it ANYWAY. You can probably see in the interview how I felt about this. She also gave me time at the end of the Q&A to speak about some of my own work, which she most certainly didn’t need to do, I was there to interview her. I think this gesture is so emblematic of what Malala and I went on to discuss. I’ve spoken before on what a controversial word feminism is currently. More recently, I am learning what a factionalized movement it is too. We are all moving towards the same goal. Let’s not make it scary to say you’re a feminist. I want to make it a welcoming and inclusive movement. Let’s join our hands and move together so we can make real change. Malala and I are pretty serious about it but we need you. With love, Emma x#HeNamedMeMalala #notjustamovieamovement Malala Fund Into Film
Posted by Emma Watson on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The interview touched a lot of issues from Malala’s dream to feminism to religion and “he named me malala” a movie inspired by her.
The Goodwill ambassador was all in awe of that moment and looked pleased being an inspiration for the youngest nobel laureate when it came to the issue of feminism. Yousafzai herself touched upon the topic of feminism and said, initially she was scared and hesitant towards using the term feminism, but it was after she heard miss Watson, delivering a speech at United nations podium where she said “if not now, when?, if not me, who?”. Malala reported that, “that was the time I decided that there was nothing wrong with calling yourself feminist and feminism is another word for equality.. people don’t know it’s definition”.
Most intense moment was her opening up about her experience when she was not allowed to go to school when she was 11.
On the question about the movie “he named me malala” a movie inspired from her and based on her life, made her say that she doesn’t like to see herself on camera but really liked the message the movie put forward.
The interview all sums up to the madness this teenager has, towards creating awareness for importance of education for all especially girls. She did open about how people misunderstand her dream. “I want to every child get quality education, this has been my mission, and I’ll make it come true”.
A Facebook post by Watson shows that it was overwhelming for the actress meeting malalaand how she thinks, the girl is graceful, compelling and intelligent and carries sense of peace around her . Also suggesting on making feminism and inclusive movement towards making a real change.
“lets not make it scary to say you are a feminist”, she wrote.
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