Actress Emma Watson, who was recently in Iceland for the filming of the movie Noah, shared some of her thoughts about Iceland with David Letterman.
The actress described the country as “amazing. It’s incredibly beautiful,” and noted that Icelanders “take their partying and their drinking seriously.” While she greatly enjoyed her time here, she did have a problem with what she saw as a contradictory relationship with the country’s wildlife.
“They take you on these tours,” she said. “And ‘Ah, let’s go see the whales, let’s go see the cute little puffins!’ And you’re like ‘This is amazing!’ They sell you a cute little cuddly toy, and then they serve it to you for dinner.”
Watson said that she ate neither whale nor puffin, saying, “It just didn’t feel right somehow. And it’s probably a good thing, because we get so disconnected from where our food comes from.”
Letterman agreed that eating whale would only be an option for him if there was nothing else to eat. He also mentioned the common stereotype that all Icelanders believe in elves. Watson confirmed this to be true, adding that Noah director Darren Aronofsky “paid his respects” to the elves, provoking derisive laughter from Letterman.
The clip of the Iceland visit portion of the interview can be seen here: