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Naomi Watts (born 28 September 1968) is a British actress and film producer. She made her film debut in the Australian drama For Love Alone (1986) and then appeared in the Australian television series Hey Dad..! (1990), Brides of Christ (1991), Home and Away (1991), and the film Flirting (1991).
After moving to the United States, Watts struggled as an actress for years, but managed to obtain parts in the films Tank Girl (1995), Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996), and Dangerous Beauty (1998), and the television series Sleepwalkers (1997–1998).
She subsequently received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as a grief-stricken mother in Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s neo-noir film 21 Grams (2003). Her next films throughout the 2000s include I Heart Huckabees (2004), King Kong (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), and The International (2009).
For her role as Maria Bennett in the disaster film The Impossible (2012), Watts received another Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In the 2010s, she starred in such films as; Birdman (2014), St. Vincent (2014), While We’re Young (2015), The Glass Castle (2017), and Luce (2019).
Watts also continued to act in blockbusters, with appearances in the Divergent franchise (2015–2016), and ventured into television with the Showtime mystery drama series Twin Peaks (2017) and the biographical limited series The Loudest Voice (2019).
Watts is particularly known for her work in remakes and independent productions with dark or tragic themes, as well as portrayals of characters that endure loss or suffering. Magazines such as People and Maxim have included her on their lists of the world’s most beautiful women.
She has been an ambassador for Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and Pantene‘s Beautiful Lengths. Despite significant media attention, Watts is reticent about her personal life. She had a relationship with American actor Liev Schreiber from 2005 to 2016, with whom she has two sons.
Career – Naomi Watts
Early roles and struggling career (1986–2000)
Watts’s career began in television, where she made brief appearances in commercials. The 1986 film For Love Alone, set in the 1930s and based on Christina Stead‘s 1945 best-selling novel of the same name, marked her debut in film. She then appeared in two episodes of the fourth season of the Australian sitcom Hey Dad..! in 1990.
After a five-year absence from films, Watts met director John Duigan during the 1989 premiere of her friend Nicole Kidman’s film Dead Calm and he invited her to take a supporting role in his 1991 indie film Flirting.
The film received critical acclaim and was featured on Roger Ebert‘s list of the 10 best films of 1992. Also in 1991, she took the part of Frances Heffernan, a girl who struggles to find friends behind the walls of a Sydney Catholic school, in the award-winning mini-series Brides of Christ and had a recurring role in the soap opera Home and Away as the handicapped Julie Gibson. Watts was then offered a role in the drama series A Country Practice but turned it down, not wanting to “get stuck on a soap for two or three years”, a decision she later called “naïve”.
Naomi Watts then took a year off to travel, visiting Los Angeles and being introduced to agents through Kidman. Encouraged, Naomi Watts decided to move to America, to pursue her career further. In 1993 she had a small role in the John Goodman film Matinee and temporarily returned to Australia to star in three Australian films: another of Duigan’s pictures, Wide Sargasso Sea; the drama The Custodian; and had her first leading role in the film Gross Misconduct, as a student who accuses one of her teachers (played by Jimmy Smits) of raping her.
Naomi Watts then moved back to America for good but the difficulty of finding agents, producers and directors willing to hire her during that period frustrated her initial efforts. Though her financial situation never led her to taking a job out of the film industry, she experienced problems like being unable to pay the rent of her apartment and losing her medical insurance.
“At first, everything was fantastic and doors were opened to me. But some people who I met through Nicole [Kidman], who had been all over me, had difficulty remembering my name when we next met. There were a lot of promises, but nothing actually came off. I ran out of money and became quite lonely, but Nic gave me company and encouragement to carry on.”
When I came to America there was so much promise of good stuff and I thought, I’ve got it made here. I’m going to kick ass. Then I went back to Australia and did one or two more jobs. When I returned to Hollywood, all those people who’d been so encouraging before weren’t interested. You take all their flattery seriously when you don’t know any better. I basically had to start all over again.
I get offered some things without auditioning today, but back then they wouldn’t even fax me the pages of a script because it was too much of an inconvenience. I had to drive for hours into the Valley to pick up three bits of paper for some horrendous piece of shit, then go back the next day and line up for two hours to meet the casting director who would barely give me eye contact. It was humiliating.
–Naomi Watts on her early struggles
She then won a supporting role in the futuristic 1995 film Tank Girl, winning the role of “Jet Girl” after nine auditions. The film was met with mixed reviews and flopped at the box office, although it has gone on to become something of a cult classic. Throughout the rest of the decade, she took mostly supporting roles in films and occasionally considered leaving the business, but: “there were always little bites. Whenever I felt I was at the end of my rope, something would come up.
Something bad. But for me it was ‘work begets work’; that was my motto.” In 1996, she starred alongside Joe Mantegna, Kelly Lynch and J.T. Walsh in George Hickenlooper‘s action-thriller Persons Unknown; alongside James Earl Jones, Kevin Kilner and Ellen Burstyn in the period drama Timepiece; in Bermuda Triangle, a TV pilot that was not picked up for a full series, where she played a former documentary filmmaker who disappears in the Bermuda Triangle; and as the lead role in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering, in which children in a small town become possessed under the command of a wrongfully murdered child preacher.
In 1997, Naomi Watts starred in the Australian ensemble romantic drama Under the Lighthouse Dancing starring Jack Thompson and Jacqueline McKenzie. She also played the lead role in the short-lived television series Sleepwalkers.
In 1998, she starred alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Debbie Reynolds in the TV film The Christmas Wish, played the supporting role of Giulia De Lezze in Dangerous Beauty, and provided some voice work for Babe: Pig in the City. She said in an interview in 2012, “That really should not be on my résumé! I think that was early on in the day, when I was trying to beef up my résumé. I came in and did a couple days’ work of voiceovers and we had to suck on [helium] and then do a little mouse voice. But I was one in a hundred, so I’m sure you would never be able to identify my voice.
I probably couldn’t either!” In 1999, she played Alice in the romantic comedy Strange Planet and the Texan student Holly Maddux in The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, which was based on the real life effort to capture Ira Einhorn, who was charged with Maddux’s murder. In 2000, while David Lynch was expanding the rejected pilot of Mulholland Drive into a feature film, Naomi Watts starred alongside Derek Jacobi, Jack Davenport and Iain Glen in the BBC TV film The Wyvern Mystery, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Sheridan Le Fanu that was broadcast in March of that year.
Much of Naomi Naomi Watts early career is filled with near misses in casting, as she was up for significant roles in films such as 1997’s The Postman and The Devil’s Advocate and 2000’s Meet the Parents, which eventually went to other actresses. In an interview in 2012, Naomi Watts said, “I came to New York and auditioned at least five times for Meet the Parents. I think the director liked me but the studio didn’t. I heard every piece of feedback you could imagine, and in this case, it was ‘not sexy enough’.”
Naomi Watts recalled her early career in an interview in 2002, saying, “It is a tough town. I think my spirit has taken a beating. The most painful thing has been the endless auditions. Knowing that you have something to offer, but not being able to show it, is so frustrating. As an unknown, you get treated badly. I auditioned and waited for things I did not have any belief in, but I needed the work and had to accept horrendous pieces of shit.” Naomi Watts studied the Meisner Technique.
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