Strong Emma Watson goes to extremes

EMMA WATSON has admitted she felt daunted by the extreme subject matter in her new film, political thriller Colonia Dignidad, but she couldn’t say no to such a strong female role.

The 24-year-old Harry Potter actress stars opposite Rush’s DANIEL BRUHL in the new movie, based on true events that took place during the Chilean military coup of 1973.

Emma’s character Lena follows her lover, played by Daniel, to a cult called Colonia Dignidad, where General Augusto Pinochet’s secret police sent prisoners to be tortured.

Emma told Total Film magazine: “It really challenged me. It really pushed me to the brink, this role.

“I got sent the script and my agent sent me the Wikipedia page on Colonia Dignidad. I immediately went, ’Oh my God, I’m not sure!’ it was really, really, really heavy and really awful subject matter, but the script was such a page-turner and so well written and I’m really a big fan of Daniel Bruhl.

“I really liked the director [Florian Gallenberger]. It all just kind of felt right: a really intelligent female leading role character. It felt like the right thing to do.”

Sherlock co-creator STEVEN MOFFAT has admitted he does feel a bit guilty about making fans wait so long for new episodes of the show.

Since the detective series, starring BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH and MARTIN FREEMAN, first aired in 2010 there have been just three, triple-episode series.

Steven said: “The appetite for Sherlock is wonderful. I feel slightly guilty that we may have exacerbated the appetite through starvation because we make so few of them over so much time. But it’s incredibly rewarding that each time we come back, it’s so rapturously received.”

But the writer and producer revealed if they had made more episodes of the hit show, they probably would not be able to persuade Benedict and Martin to stay on as Sherlock and Watson.

JIM PARSONS has revealed he was struck by sudden shyness as he unveiled his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The comedy star, who is best known for playing scientist Sheldon Cooper on the E4 show The Big Bang Theory, said he felt all eyes upon him as he pulled back the cover on his place on the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard.

Joined by his co-stars and producers, his partner and his mother, the Texas native was cheered on by crowds of fans. Speaking after the ceremony, he said: “The biggest thing going through my mind was, ’Oh my God! So many people are watching’, there’s nobody to take the attention away for a few minutes and that’s a little awkward actually.

EastEnders star KELLIE BRIGHT has admitted the personal letters she has received from rape victims have been hard to read.

The actress plays Linda Carter, who was raped by her partner Mick’s half-brother Dean Wicks and is now pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is. Kellie said: “I’ve had some very personal letters written to me – it’s interesting people feel they can open up to you in a way that perhaps they wouldn’t to other people, because you’re not really connected to them and yet they feel like they have something in common with you. That’s been quite difficult at times, but also I feel very humbled by it. “We’ve been working with Rape Crisis, who helped us the whole way through the story, and I feel really proud of EastEnders because I think they’ve handled it in a really truthful and respectful way.”


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