Emma Watson’s reality-star look in new movie ‘The Bling Ring’

Claudine Zap
Movie Talk

What would Hermione think? The proper British "Harry Potter" alum Emma Watson has gone bad for her new movie, Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring." Think tattoos, oversized sunglasses, and burglary.

The movie is based on the true story of a group of rich, celeb-obsessed Los Angeles teens who break into the homes of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Rachel Bilson, among others. For inspiration, the Ivy Leaguer turned to the small screen to steal the style of -- who else -- reality TV queen Kim Kardashian.

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The star told Entertainment Weekly, ''I just watched a ton of reality TV." She added, "I was doing an English course [at Brown University]. So I would go from reading Virginia Woolf to [watching] Kim Kardashian. I kind of loved it, this mix of superhigh and superlow culture. I think it was a nice balance.'' That's probably the first time that Kardashian has been mentioned in the same sentence with Woolf -- but, sadly, not in a good way.

If Watson is a mite tiny to carry off Kardashian's curvy look, the first official photo from the movie shows her doing an admirable job channeling a Beverly Hills fashion victim, draped in a white fur vest and skinny jeans, and cradling a ginormous handbag. As the Insider points out, "The picture looks straight out of 'The Hills.'"

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Another photo, tweeted by Watson, shows her looking totally unrecognizable and especially trashy in a pink sweatsuit with one of three tattoos peeking out below her drawstring waist. Not to worry, those tats are temporary. But the actress seems committed to making her reality star look-alike as real as possible.