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Emma Watson Felt "Sick" On Learning About Her $32 Million Fortune

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Nov. 1 2010, Published 3:53 p.m. ET

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Harry Potter star Emma Watson felt "sick, emotional" when she discovered, aged 17, that she was worth $32 million.

The 20-year-old tells UK Vogue via UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper that she was 17 or 18 when her father sat her down for the “money conversation”.

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Until then, maintaining a semblance of normal teenage life, Emma had been on a weekly allowance of $80. “By the third or fourth film, the money was starting to get… serious. I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional.

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To learn how to handle her millions, Emma enrolled on a course at exclusive British bank, Coutts, to learn how to manage her money.

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But she says she's barely touched her money, and she describes herself as being “straight and boring”, a lifestyle that was reinforced by the Harry Potter movies, in which she wasn't allowed to change her image.

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“For the nine years I was on Harry Potter I was contractually obliged not to cut my hair, not to tan,” she said.

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“All the normal things girls so, I couldn’t. So when I got the chance to change my appearance, this is what I did," she said, explaining why she chose her new elfin crop.

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