Emma Watson Channels ‘Pretty Woman’ For ‘GQ’

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Emma Watson has reinvented herself from a child actress to a full-fledged movie star — and what better way than to channel one of the most iconic movie characters of all time.

In a fashion nod to Julia Roberts‘ beloved on-screen persona Vivian in Pretty Woman, the 22-year-old actress — who’s taking on a racy, sexy new role in the new crime drama movie, The Bling Ring — turns up the heat (and reveals some skin) in a new photo shoot for the April issue of British GQ.

In preparation for the film’s release in June, Watson graced the cover as her Bling Ring character, Nicki. Complete with fake tattoos, hair extensions, and that tight cut-out dress (that bares an uncanny resemblance to that infamous frock worn by Roberts in the 1990 hit), critics are calling the GQ spread Watson’s “sexiest shoot yet.”

The true silver screen story centers around a group of headline-making Hollywood teens who burglarized celeb homes in 2010 — a crime spree fueled by their obsession with Hollywood.

“When I read the script and I realized that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it’s become to our society, I had to do it,” Watson said in the mag.

The stunning Brit was also eager to embrace the challenge of taking on a role that’s not only completely opposite from herself, but worlds apart from her previous on-screen characters.

“The character is everything that I felt strongly against — she’s superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral,” Watson said. “She’s all of these things and I realized that I hated her. How do you play someone you hate? But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job, or my role as an actress, could be.

“I knew it would be a really uncomfortable thing to do, but I felt… I had to dive into something really different,” she added. “This has been a really big departure for me; it’s a really big character. That’s so exciting for me because it meant I was really acting.”

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