Emma Watson Urges Americans to Vote: "It Has Been Excruciating to Sit on the Sidelines"
"America is my second home. I have friends there that I think of as family," the British actress expressed in a lengthy message posted to Twitter. "Goodness, I wish I could cast a vote."
Emma Watson is urging Americans to hit the polls on Nov. 8.
The British actress, who herself is ineligible to cast a ballot in the U.S. presidential election, on Tuesday wrote a plea to her Twitter followers to vote, explaining that it has been "excruciating to sit on the sidelines in the months leading up" to Election Day.
"At times, politics may seem disillusioning, filled with rhetoric and smokescreens," Watson wrote in a lengthy message. "However, regardless of our personal beliefs, it can’t be denied that the result of the upcoming U.S. presidential election will have ripple effects around the world and impact, in one way or another, the lives of millions and millions of people."
She continued: "America is my second home. I have friends there that I think of as family. ... Goodness, I wish I could cast a vote."
Watson, who serves as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, also stressed the importance of electing a president who will uphold women's rights, writing, "The next president will be able to make decisions about women, about their bodies, about how they are treated at work, on university campuses and at school, about how men treat women and about their rights as citizens. These decisions affect how young people form their ideas of gender. These decisions will affect whether we believe equality is an idea that matters."
Though the actress didn't get into specifics about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump, Watson has publicly expressed her excitement about the possibility of Clinton becoming the first female president of the U.S.
Her message comes on the heels of a multitude of women coming forward to accuse Trump of sexual assault.
Read Watson's full message below.