What happens when you put a former witch and a prime minister in room? It sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s not. This was real life. Our favourite Harry Potter actor, Emma Watson, and our favourite Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, met in Ottawa this week to talk about women’s rights, and the whole thing is just totally charming.
Watson, who has “UN Women Goodwill Ambassador” on her resume, in addition to the slew of movies she’s starred in, made the visit to Parliament to publicly thank Trudeau for making women’s rights such a priority within his platform. “It was so inspiring that you made your cabinet 50/50,” she told him.
The star is in the Canadian capital to attend the One Young World summit, and meet with youth later this week. Yup, she’s got a jam-packed schedule, but still made time to pop by Parliament.
Trudeau has taken on the title of Youth Ambassador for the UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, and Watson is pretty thrilled with his participation. “We’re very excited that you’re the HeForShe Youth Ambassador and I can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with the title,” she said.
And you know what? Trudeau thinks Watson is pretty swell, too. “Her voice is extremely important in making people realize how important this is and it’s a great opportunity to connect with her,” Trudeau said, speaking of women’s rights, and Watson’s continued involvement in championing them.
Our social media savvy prime minister took to Twitter to mention the meet-up with the 26-year-old Brit.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 28, 2016
While it may not have been a very long conversation, it’s an important one. And there’s nothing more inspiring than watching two people, who are outwardly passionate about affecting change for women’s rights and equality, discuss it publicly. Hey, they’ve got us talking about it, right? So, it’s a start. And if Trudeau wants to meet up with more of our favourite actor/rights ambassadors, we’re all ears. And eyes. We could watch Trudeau chat with Watson alllllll day long.