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Emma Watson Interviewed Malala, And Rightfully Fangirled All Over The Place

By Emily Cutler | Videos | November 5, 2015 |

By Emily Cutler | Videos | November 5, 2015 |

A Nobel Peace Prize winner and a U.N. Ambassador walked into an interview and their combined age was 43 years. That’s not a joke, that’s just the universe making us all feel worse about not “getting around” to working out this morning.

Emma Watson got to interview Malala Yousafzai at the Into Film Festival after the screening of Malala’s biopic He Named Me Malala. And, yes, of course it was awesome.

Watson was significantly less investigative reporter and more possibly-as-dumbstruck-as-any-of-us-would-be-in-her-situation thrilled to be there. Especially after Malala credits Watson with convincing her to identify as a feminist.

Interestingly, this word feminism, it has been a very tricky word. When I heard it the first time I heard some negative responses and some positive ones. I hesitated in saying am I feminist or not?

Then after hearing your speech when you said ‘If not now, when? If not me, who?’ I decided there’s no way and there’s nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist. So I’m a feminist and we all should be a feminist because feminism is another word for equality.

The fact that Watson didn’t awkwardly run away after that comment proves she’s significantly cooler than I’ll ever be.

They also then managed to discuss U.S. politics, the Syrian crisis, international responsibilities to education, Islam’s support and encouragement of education and knowledge, the importance of Malala’s signature pink and orange outfits, their fights with their brothers, and the most recent book Malala read (A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, which both of them loved.) Seriously, these two even overachieve in their conversations. Consider your faith in humanity at least temporarily restored.