Emma Watson is on the cover of Vanity Fair’s March issue, and Tim Walker’s impressive photographs make it clear she’s come a long way from the little girl who played Hermione. Continuing her cover girl trend from British Vogue and a cheeky Reddit post, Vanity Fair was the next in line. She talked to the magazine about growing up in the spotlight, and why she still makes movies, even though she values her privacy. “I’ve been doing this since I was 10 or 11, and I’ve often thought, I’m so wrong for this job because I’m too serious; I’m a pain in the ass; I’m difficult; I don’t fit. But as I’ve got older, I’ve realized, No! Taking on those battles, the smaller ones and the bigger ones, is who I am.”

Watson said that when she’s approached by fans, she’s willing to chat, but refuses to pose for photos with them. “For me, it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not. If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data.” It’s a good thing her “no photos” policy doesn’t apply to professional photographers, because Walker’s images are breathtaking.

In Beauty and the Beast, Watson plays Belle as a confident, creative, intelligent woman—who just happens to be beautiful. In real life, the 26-year-old actress and UN Women ambassador showed off her own beauty in this artistic Vanity Fair pictorial. In one image, she wears only a Burberry wrap over her bare breasts:

To see more photos, check out the full Vanity Fair interview.