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How can Emma Watson go from girl to woman?

British actress Emma Watson arrives at a cinema

British actress Emma Watson arrives at a cinema in London's Leicester Square for the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1." (Nov. 11, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Emma Watson, our delightfully adorable Hermione from the "Harry Potter" movie franchise, doesn't want to be thought of that cute little girl anymore.

She's rocking that short boy-cut hairdo these days, calling it the first time she's been able to get the hairstyle she wants rather than keeping her Hermione look going. See, filming for the July 2011 release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II" - the eighth and final movie -- already wrapped, and the Brown University sophomore is free to experiment.

With hair. With careers. With college courses.

There comes a time in every teen female actor's life when they try to make people see them as women. That "I'm not a girl, not yet a woman" transformation in the public perception isn't easy.

Some gals go the shock route, such as Jessica Biel posing nude (but fully covered by body parts and creative angles) in a men's magazine (no, not THAT kind of men's magazine) to shed that wholesome girl image cultivated from several seasons on "7th Heaven."

Everything Miley Cyrus seems to do the past few years has been about breaking away from the "Hannah Montana" mold.

For a group of "Potter" kids who never found trouble on the tabloid pages, let's hope Watson breaks with tradition and reshapes her public image in artisticly creative ways. She has a small role as a wardrobe assistant in the movie "My Week With Marilyn," a new Marilyn Monroe piece starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh that just began filming last month.

Here are a few thoughts on how Watson can rebrand herself as an actress, not "that girl from the 'Harry Potter' movies."

1) No rom-coms!

Leave the romantic comedies to Katherine Heigl and Kate Hudson. Being the girl pining over a boy then losing the boy then winning the boy is trite.

2) No silly high school comedies

Let Emma Stone win those parts opposite perpetual 12th-grader Michael Cera. Sure, it may feel completely different than "Potter," but so does a four-day coke bender. Doesn't mean it's a good idea. It won't help people think of Watson as grown-up.

3) No hooker/stripper/exotic dancer roles.

See Lindsay Lohan in "I Know Who Killed Me." On second thought, don't see it.

4) Find a meaty supporting role in a drama

Watson could go the route of a young single mother raising her child, or maybe a drug-addicted college student. What about the mistress of an older man in one of those late fall movie releases aimed at the 30-and-over crowd?

5) Get a college degree

Watson and crew will hit the red carpets against next summer when the final installment comes to theaters. In the meantime, enjoy laying low for a bit and earn that college degree. It'll look quite nice on the resume when it comes time for Watson to get "a real job."


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