As expected, Naomi graced the red carpet of the London premiere of The Impossible last night! She looked daring and vampy in a black (winged!) Tom Ford dress with an open back. Her shoes are also Tom Ford. I like the hair and make-up here, but I’m not fully convinced on the dress – it may be a grower … what do you think?! Naomi posed with her director and 4 male co-stars including Ewan McGregor, and Maria Belon and her son Lucas were also in attendance.
I’ve added over 70 HQs to the Gallery for your viewing pleasure! I’m sure more will pop up, too. There are also some videos and articles from the event further down this post.
Naomi Watts: Tsunami Film ‘Hardest I’ve Done’
Actress Naomi Watts speaks of her admiration for the woman she portrays in a film about the Boxing Day tsunami.
Naomi Watts has said making The Impossible was the “most physically demanding thing I’ve ever done”.
The 44-year-old actress stars with Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland in the true story of Maria Belon and her family, who were on holiday in Thailand in 2004 when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck.
The stars of the film joined Ms Belon at a charity premiere screening at the BFI Imax cinema in London, held in aid of Indian Ocean Disaster Relief, which helps families affected by the tsunami.
Watts, who has two children of her own, praised Ms Belon’s determination to stay alive and save her sons.
She said: “Every mother wakes up with fear of her children’s safety, so I just cannot imagine how she dealt with it. That was the thing that struck me – how courageous and heroic she was.
“I consider myself one of those people who are just hopeless in a crisis, but she said she never felt more connected to her centre and every decision she made felt like the correct one.
“You kind of crave to have that. But it’s hard.”
The Impossible, directed by Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona – the director of the critically-acclaimed horror film The Orphanage – follows Ms Belon, her husband and her three young sons in their fight for survival.
Ms Belon insisted it was a story of hope.
“You can never give up if you have life,” she said. “You can never give up. That’s how I got from the tsunami. If we are alive, we have hope.”
McGregor said the film was not about glorifying heroes, but telling the story of the disaster through one family’s eyes.
He said: “The nature of putting a movie camera on something is it can make things look glamorous and heroic, and if ever we felt that was happening we would change it.
“People didn’t survive because they were brave, people survived because they were lucky, and people died because they were unlucky.”
Watts has just finished filming Diana, a biopic about the late Princess of Wales, due out next year.
Asked about the role, she said: “Again it’s a lot of pressure, but a great character and a fascinating woman.”
The Impossible is due out in cinemas on January 1.
Exclusive Interview: Naomi Watts At The Impossible Premiere
Despite the biting cold conditions, Naomi spent a while on the red carpet talking to all of us about the film. Here’s my exclusive mini interview:
Q: How would you describe your fashion sense?
NAOMI: “Eclectic. Sometimes I like feathers and sometime I like elegant trouser suits. I like to experiment and dress appropriately for an occasion.”
Q: Do the experiments always work?
NAOMI: “I got accused of wearing a really bad outfit at the Oscars a couple of years ago. I loved it, I thought it was beautiful, but everyone else hated it. It was a Givenchy flesh-coloured dress – very deconstructed. I like to experiment.”
Q: What do you wear when you are not working?
NAOMI: “Jeans and T-shirts, sunglasses, maybe a jacket. It varies.”
Q: Do you have a fashion icon who inspires you?
NAOMI: “Kate Moss, I would love to be her.”
Q: Finally, how did you find the filming of this movie?
NAOMI: “It was physically the most demanding ever movie. Even worse than King Kong. It’s so hard to work in water and I spent about a month in the tank trying to film everything. Every time you try to speak you end up swallowing water. It was tough.
The film will have you on the edge of your seats, but be warned – it’s not a light-hearted piece of escapism. Critics are predicting the Australian star will get an Oscar nomination for this!