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Greta Gerwig revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that she was very happy with her decision to cast Emma Watson as Meg March.
“To me, [Watson] embodies everything that I was interested in, in terms of who the March women were,” Gerwig said. “She’s just smart.”
Watson was equally as excited to be a part of the film. Though Meg March appears to be the opposite of Emma Watson—a feminist with roles on multi-government organizations—Watson claims that she relates to Meg. In an interview with Vogue Australia, she rejected the age-old view that her Meg is a traditional anti-feminist.
“I have this theory… Louisa [May Alcott] had a lot of sisters in real life,” Watson said. “But I think also she put a little piece of herself into all of the March sisters. I think it was a really good literary device to explain that there’s not one way to be a feminist—which we still seem to be struggling with.”
She dove further into her theory. “With Meg’s character, her way of being a feminist is making the choice – because that’s really, for me anyway, what feminism is about. Her choice is that she wants to be a full-time mother and wife. To Jo, being married is really some sort of prison sentence. But Meg says: ‘You know, I love him and I’m really happy and this is what I want. And just because my dreams are different from yours, it doesn’t mean they’re unimportant.’”
Greta Gerwig agreed with Watson’s take in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “For me personally, Meg March is a character that is long misunderstood,” Gerwig explained. “In terms of what [Watson] did with the character, she has so much open-heartedness and so much love combined with that much intelligence. It’s heartbreaking and potent, because she’s absolutely herself with understanding the struggle of who that character is.”