Have truer words ever been spoken? Emma Watson, who plays the fame-obsessed teen demon in The Bling Ring has opened up about her relationship with fame and the all-too-familiar spending-spree. Although Emma's character's inspiration robbed Paris Hilton’s mansion in real life, the actress shows her sensible real-life character when speaking about consumerism and celebrity in the new millennium, calling it a form of “kleptomania.”
To prepare for the role, Emma, along with the rest of the cast, stepped into the world of Paris—better known as her walk-in closets—to film the notorious scene.
“It’s almost like consumerism as a form of kleptomania,” Emma said to Radio Times. “She could never wear all of those clothes and half of them were brand new and still had the price tag on.”
Emma doesn’t hold Paris’ shopping habits against her though. We’ve all been there, making off-the-cuff impulse purchases. It’s just that in a Hilton’s case, it tends to be thousand-dollar designer clothing, which for most, this type of purchase is akin to buying a pack of Trident.
“But I suppose she just bought them to have them,” Emma rationalized. “We’ve all bought things on impulse but that’s an entirely different thing…But it’s easy for me to sound like a total hypocrite because, of course, I’m dressed in designer clothes right now.”