Emma Watson Says Her Father Used to Give Her Wine Every Day When She Was A Kid

Emma Watson had said that when her dad gave her her first drink when she was young, she didn’t see the big deal.

The 33-year-old actor, who became famous for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, said that getting alcohol was “forbidden fruit” for her friends, but her dad would give her “wine and water for lunch,” leaving her “confused” about what the big deal was.

Watson was born in Paris, France, but when she was five, she went to England because her parents had split up. There, she would spend some time with her mom in Oxfordshire and some time with her dad in London.

Before 2009, 16–18-year-olds in France could drink “fermented” drinks like cider, wine, and beer. But the rule changed, and now you have to be 18 to drink any alcoholic drink.

Despite finding success post-child stardom with films such as The Perks of Being a Wall Flower and Disney’s live-action Beauty & the Beast, she has decided to take a break from acting in recent years, with her last film being released in 2019.

She is getting ready to start her new high-end gin brand, Renais, with her younger brother Alex, who is 30 years old.

During an interview with the Financial Times’ luxury magazine How To Spend It, on whose cover she is with Alex, Watson says that she has always liked the taste of drink.

She said, “I was quite surprised when other kids got really excited about the idea of getting their hands on alcohol. My dad would give me wine and water with lunch since I was a kid. So I was pretty confused as a teenager, and everyone thought alcohol was a forbidden fruit.”

She also discusses acting, Hollywood, and growing up in a family obsessed with wine, cuisine, and the surrounding culture.