updated 01/05/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/05/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
It’s a new year, but Emma Watson has the same old goal.
“I always have the same New Year’s resolution: to speak French fluently,” she says. “I get a huge wave of nostalgia when I come into the Gare du Nord. There’s such an emphasis on culture, art and music. And I’ll do anything for a warm baguette.”
But it better be a good baguette, because Watson accepts nothing but the best, at least when it comes to her own choices.
The actress, 22, thanks her parents for the “very strong work ethics” they introduced to her in life.
“[They taught me to have] a love and respect for what you do, and [take] pride in it,” she says in the U.K. edition of Marie Claire’s February issue.
She admits there’s a little downside to having such strong drive.
“This is sort of irritating at times – I’m a bit OCD about perfectionism,” she says. “I’m my own worst critic. I think that’s really hard, but it also spurs me on. I always want to do better. I’m always striving towards the next thing.”
Yet with maturity and experience, the actress has learned not to be so hard on herself.
“Now I feel a lot more settled in who I am and what I think and how I want to do things,” Watson says. “And because I feel good about what I am doing, I don’t need anyone else to say whether they think it’s good or not. I think that comes with age, which is nice.”