As Stone won the Oscar for her performance in La La Land, it’s likely hard for most fans to picture someone else in the role. However, Watson was initially selected for the part. So why did the Harry Potter alum eventually pass on Mia? Ultimately, it came down to scheduling conflicts. Watson was named as the lead of the film before the particulars were worked out and, when it came time to film, another movie was her priority.
“It’s one of these frustrating things where names get attached to projects very early on as a way to kind of build anticipation or excitement for something that’s coming before anything is really actually agreed or set in stone,” Watson shared in a conversation SiriusXM’s Town Hall. Continuing on, the Little Women star shared that because filming La La Land conflicted with preparation and training for her role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, she had to pass on the part of Mia.
“[It] wasn’t a movie I could just sort of step into,” Watson shared about Beauty and the Beast. “I knew I had horse training, I knew I had dancing, I knew I had three months of singing ahead of me and I knew I had to be in London to really do that. This wasn’t a movie I could just kind of parachute into. I knew I had to do the work, and I had to be where I had to be. So, you know, scheduling conflict-wise, it just didn’t work out.”