Watts shining bright in 2013
Having spent years in the shadow of her great friend Nicole Kidman, Sydney-raised Naomi Watts has finally hit her stride, her name being feted in the 2013 awards season, garnering nominations for SAG, Golden Globe and AACTA gongs, and on Friday an Oscar nomination for her role in The Impossible, playing a mother in search of her family following the 2004 Asian tsunami.
Gracing the current cover of Vogue Australia and with more than 60 cinematic roles under her belt, Watts was honoured at last weekend’s Palm Springs Film Festival, where she told the audience having her sons Sasha and Kai to fellow actor Liev Schreiber, had ”breathed life into me”.
”People ask me all the time, ‘is it scary getting older?’ I say ‘why, because I feel my face sliding closer and closer to my navel?’ But I feel truly blessed by the extraordinary roles I have played so far and maybe it’s age that has given me this blessing … to play women who have truly lived,” Watts said.
Due back in Sydney in March to undertake ambassadorial duties for Jacob’s Creek, her new Australian film Two Mothers is due to open at Sundance next week, with a pit stop at the Golden Globes in LA this weekend, where she is considered a hot favourite.
PS can reveal October is the tentative release date for her highly anticipated Princess Diana biopic, Diana, about which she told Vogue: “There is a huge pressure to look right, to have good hair, to walk and speak [like her]. And I instantly thought: ‘Oh no, I’m going to fail at that because the comparisons are going to be monumental.’
“I’m always interested in complicated women, in women who are full of contradictions: strength, vulnerability, success, loneliness and all those things.
”Diana exemplified that in major ways. She was a great mother, did a lot of things with AIDS [charities] and the landmines, and had an extraordinary life, but her life was filled with tragedy and, of course, ended in the most tragic way.”
- WA Today
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