If you’d asked me to guess which actress’s films grossed the most in the 2000s, my first thoughts would have been Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock or someone like that. Nope, that award would go to Emma Watson. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Emma, who has been working pretty steadily for nine years (nearly half of her life), is the highest-grossing actress of the decade. Good for her, I say, but honestly, this news really snuck up on me, even though a Forbes Magazine article placed Emma sixth on its list of the “10 Most Valuable Young Stars” earlier this year. Sure, she’s been in all six top box-office “Harry Potter” films, but somehow, it didn’t occur to me that Emma’s role as Hermione, along with her work in “The Tale of Despereaux,” had grossed $5.4 billion so far. In 2008, her films were said to have grossed nearly $754 million each, on average, beating Keira Knightley and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
So, Emma, now that you’ve won the most valuable actress of the decade award, are you going to Disneyland? Nope, she’s at Brown University, studying art and literature.
“School life keeps me in touch with my friends. It keeps me in touch with reality,” the well-grounded star says. Smart girl. I’d say she’s one of the actresses who deserved to win. [Daily Mail]