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Emma Watson, Zac Efron, Selena Gomez; Young Star Making the Transition at TIFF

September 14, 2012

When "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" got a standing ovation at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere this past week, writer-director Stephen Chbosky felt like he was witnessing a pivotal moment in star Emma Watson's life.

"I know what it meant to her, to have that kind of acceptance for another role other than her beloved part. It meant the world," he said of the 22-year-old British actress, who's known worldwide for playing Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" franchise.

"I know for her it's just a great letting go and being seen and accepted for something else -- and it's only the beginning. She's going to do so many great parts we're going to lose count."

Watson, who plays free-spirited teen Sam in the coming-of-age drama that Chbosky adapted from his own novel, was one of several young stars who shed their most memorable moulds with more adult-oriented projects at this year's festival.  Read More