Emma Watson Talks Belle And Beast’s Relationship In Beauty And The Beast

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Beauty and the Beast is a month away from its release. We couldn’t be more excited about seeing this live action version of the 1991 animated classic on the big screen.

With this new film hitting theatres, the old comments about Belle and Beast’s relationship comes up. Namely that the one portrayed in the film is Stockholm Syndrome.

(Note to those not in the know: Stockholm Syndrome is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. The hostage comes to “care” about their captor after a prolonged period of time.)

In an recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Emma Watson (Belle) addressed these comments about the story. She really could see where people were coming from because she too had some concerns. The actress put forth her own interpretation after reading about Stockholm Syndrome.

She said: “It’s such a good question and it’s something I really grappled with at the beginning; the kind of Stockholm Syndrome question about this story. 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.”

Yeah. I can definitely see Watson’s point of view. It’s similar to my own because, much like Watson, this was my favorite movie growing up. Personally, I don’t think Belle has Stockholm Syndrome either.

“In my mind, there’s a very intentional switch. Where she [Belle] decides to stay,” Watson added.

Beauty and the Beast will hit theatres on March 17th.


Bec Heim