Emma Watson always argued with her friend as to who would play Emma Bunton when they pretended to be the Spice Girls when growing up.

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‘The Bling Ring’ actress was obsessed with the Spice Girls when she was a youngster and fought with her friend over who got to play blonde-haired Emma, whose nickname in the group was Baby Spice.

She told UK TV show ‘Lorraine’: “I was so obsessed with The Spice Girls as a seven or eight year old girl. I wanted to be Emma Bunton. She was so, so cute. I had a friend called Ellie, and we would fight because she had blonde hair, so she thought she should get to be Emma and I said my name was Emma, so I should definitely get to be Emma. This went on for months.”

For ‘The Bling Ring’ – based on a true story about a group of young people who broke into famous people’s houses in Los Angeles – Emma got to film in Paris Hilton’s home, but while she found it fascinating, she doesn’t like reality TV celebrities in real life.

She added: “[Paris Hiltons’ house] is sort of like fashion Disneyland. I’ve never seen that many shoes in one place. She really lives her brand, it was fascinating … I think as an actress you try and separate yourself from this new brand of celebrity, which is people who are famous for being famous.”

Emma – who has been studying at both Oxford University in England and Brown University in New York – added her own shoe collection can hardly match that belonging to the heiress.

The former Harry Potter star said: “There’s only a certain number of shoes you can fit into a dorm room closet, which I did for the last two years I was living with at university.”

The Bling Ring opens in London on Friday 5 July.

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