Emma Watson Says Jo’s Struggle In Little Women Is Like Taylor Swift’s
The 2019 version of Little Women starring Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, and Emma Watson is an instant classic and not just because it promotes so many girl power vibes. Despite the fact that the original Little Women book written by Louisa May Alcott in the 1860s and its two movie adaptations all take place in 19th century Massachusetts, it shockingly says a lot about the contemporary moment — and Emma Watson even equated one of the lead characters, Josephine “Jo” March’s arc in this film, played by Saoirse, to Taylor Swift‘s current battle trying to gain ownership of her music.
*Slight spoiler alert ahead (but not something that spoils the film at all)*
While talking Variety, the former Harry Potter star said that she identifies with Saoirse’s character the most. She also talks about why Jo’s insistence on owning her own book at the end of the film is so important — and how that relates to our favorite 30-year-old songstress.
“I think people undervalue ownership… the way to “Monopoly,” everyone, is to own stuff, I’m just saying; I’m just going to give you that as a tip right now. But yeah, I think it’s about believing yourself and knowing your worth and owning your worth,” she said. “I think right now, the Taylor Swift situation is a great example … you’re young and you’re talented and someone wants to buy your work, but having ownership at the end of the day is super, super important because you don’t know what someone is going to decide to do with that.”
You can watch the clip below, which also happens to include an adorably cringeworthy rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey:
— Variety (@Variety) December 26, 2019
It’s no surprise that Emma Watson is out here supporting other women. After all, the UN Women Goodwill ambassador has been fighting for women’s equality very publicly since joining forces with the United Nations in 2014. Earlier this year, the 29-year-old actress helped to launch a helpline where people can get advice after suffering from sexual harassment in the workplace. We can’t help but love Emma Watson and her recent quote about Taylor Swift is just another reason why we stan.