“Beauty and the Beast” star Emma Watson recently donated proceeds from an advice booth to the abortion and contraceptive giant Planned Parenthood, declaring, “They’re the best.”
Watson, also known for her role as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films, recently participated in “Vanity Fair’s” video series “Derek Does Stuff With a Friend.”
In the segment, host Derek Blasberg served as a walking advice booth at Grand Central Terminal in New York, where for $2 participants could ask Watson for her thoughts as she interacted live via Skype through Blasberg’s tablet. Questions ranged from how to announce a pregnancy, to relationship advice, to what to do for the day.
At one point, a young male participant praised Watson’s work with the women’s equality campaign “HeForShe” as being “inspiring,” which sparked her to inquire if the teen is a feminist.
“I’m definitely against sexism,” he replied. “I’m definitely against, you know, arranged marriages, and I’m definitely pro-choice.”
“You’re obviously a complete legend and definitely a feminist,” Watson quipped, joking that she wanted to obtain his name and phone number.
At the conclusion of the segment, Blasberg asked Watson what she wanted to do with the money raised from the advice booth.
“It has to go to Planned Parenthood,” Watson instructed. “Planned Parenthood. They’re the best.”
Vanity Fair has noted that the funds were indeed donated to the organization as per Watson’s wishes.
As previously reported, the upcoming live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast”—in which Watson plays the role of Belle—has been making headlines for another reason: its reported “gay moment.”
Director Bill Condon, who is an open homosexual, told the outlet “Attitude” last month that the character LeFou, who serves as the sidekick to Gaston, will have a subplot surrounding his attraction to Gaston. Luke Evans, an open homosexual, was cast as Gaston, and Josh Gad plays LeFou.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon told the publication.
“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings,” he continued. “And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
The group One Million Moms is currently calling for a boycott of Disney, and has over 58,000 signatures on its pledge as of press time.