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Come October, when Perks of Being a Wallflower hits theaters, Harry Potter fans will get to see Emma Watson in a whole new light.
Just ask her costar Nina Dobrev, who says the 22-year-old actress is going to blow audiences away in author-director Steven Chbosky's adaptation of his own coming-of-age novel.
"Nobody has ever seen her in this kind of role -- and with an American accent," Dobrev said at the movie's Toronto International Film Festival premiere, adding, "She finished one chapter of her life, cut off her hair and embraced this new beginning. I think everyone is going to be very pleasantly surprised."
In the film, which has received rave notices from film critics, Watson plays Sam, a beautiful '90s high-school senior who befriends the misfit protagonist Charlie (Logan Lerman). She was one of the few actors the director cast based solely on her previous work and not an audition.
For one sequence in the movie, Watson and costars Ezra Miller and Mae Whitman wore lingerie as part of an animated Rocky Horror Picture Show screening. "It doesn't show but I was absolutely terrified," Watson admitted.
Miller says Emma was fabulous. "I watched her throw down so hard in every capacity," said Miller, who plays Sam's gay stepbrother Patrick, who's secretly dating the football team's quarterback. "She can get down -- and Wats gets down!"