Emma Watson Sinks Belle, Beast Stockholm Syndrome Theory


I'm not sure if you're aware, but there's apparently a widespread "Beauty and the Beast" theory that holds Belle actually has Stockholm syndrome.

What is Stockholm syndrome?

Well, according to Merriam-Webster, Stockholm syndrome is "the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with, identify with or sympathize with his or her captor."

So, you can see how one might come to the conclusion Emma Watson's character has Stockholm syndrome with regard to how she fell in love with the Beast.

Apparently, the 26-year-old Watson struggled with the idea of playing a character, Belle, who would be portrayed as a victim.

Emma Watson gave her own two cents on the "Beauty and the Beast" Stockholm syndrome theory and did her best to set the record straight, once and for all.

Speaking on whether or not Belle has Stockholm syndrome, Watson told Entertainment Weekly,

Watson continued,

Speaking further on the romance between Belle and the Beast, and what she hopes to bring to the role, Emma Watson said,

Interesting take. I think it's safe to assume Emma Watson has done her research for this role, so she's probably as good an authority as any on the whole Stockholm syndrome debate.


Emma Watson also addressed the other male lead in "Beauty and the Beast," Gaston, who is played by Luke Evans.


She said,

Woof! Better luck in the next life, Gaston!


Don't forget, you can catch "Beauty and the Beast" in theaters March 17, 2017.

Citations: Emma Watson Addresses Beauty and the Beast's "Stockholm Syndrome" Accusations (E! News)