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Emma Watson shocked at her fortune

entertainment Updated: Nov 03, 2010 01:09 IST

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Emma Watson, who plays Hermione in the

Harry Potter

series, says she was shocked to learn that she has become a multi-millionaire after the films. The actor had been living on an allowance of just 50 pounds (Rs 3,000) a week until she was 18, when her father sat her down for the “money conversation”.

“By the third or fourth film, the money was starting to get serious,” the


quoted her as saying. “I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional,” she added.

Emma Watson

The actor, aged 20, who was cast in

Harry Potter

at the age of nine, confessed to being “straight and boring” in an interview in the December issue of

Vogue magazine

. She has barely touched her estimated 20 pound million fortune, for which she was named Hollywood’s highest paid female in

Vanity Fair

earlier this year.

She chose instead to live in student digs while studying at Brown University in Rhode Island. It is such stoic self-control that led her to ban herself from reading the tabloids.

“There’s tons that’s not very nice and I’m very, very self critical, so it was like a drug for me,” she said.