EMMA WATSON has responded to the question of whether or not her character Belle, in the forthcoming remake of Beauty and the Beast, is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome in the storyline.
"It’s something I really grappled with at the beginning; the kind of Stockholm Syndrome question about this story,” she told Entertainment Weekly. "That’s where a prisoner will take on the characteristics of, and fall in love with, the captor. Belle actively argues and disagrees with Beast constantly. She has none of the characteristics of someone with Stockholm Syndrome because she keeps her independence, she keeps that freedom of thought."
The actress, who recently revealed that she turned down the role of Cinderella because the role of Belle the "resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did", went on to explain why she believes Belle is different to those who have suffered from SS.
“I think there is a very intentional switch where in my mind Belle decides to stay. She’s giving him hell. There is no sense of, ‘I need to kill this guy with kindness,'" she said. “In fact, she gives as good as she gets. He bangs on the door, she bangs back. There’s this defiance that ‘You think I’m going to come and eat dinner with you and I’m your prisoner — absolutely not. I think that’s the other beautiful thing about the love story. They form a friendship first and that gap in the middle where there is this genuine sharing, the love builds out of that, which in many ways I actually think is more meaningful than a lot of love stories, where it was love at first sight.”
“Beast and Belle begin their love story really irritating each other and really not liking each other very much. They build a friendship, slowly, slowly, slowly, and very slowly that builds to them falling in love,” she continued. “They are having no illusions about who the other one is. They have seen the worst of one another, and they also bring out the best.”