Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon on Getting Older in Hollywood
For several big stars, 2014 is the “Year of the Boomer” according to AARP’s Vice President of Marketing for Media Sales
Everyone wishes they were years younger, right? Not so fast.
Research is turning the conventional wisdom on its head, as surveys indicate that most people feel quite good about aging. Especially now in 2014, which is the “Year of the Boomer,” as the youngest Boomers turn 50 by the end of this year, it may even be that aging is “cool” as some of the world’s biggest celebrities shared with us their positive views of aging.
As proof that not everyone yearns for youth, most Boomers (59%) say they feel that getting older is a positive experience, according to AARP’s Attitudes on Aging study.
Over 80 percent of people age 40 and above also feel that aging is just another part of life and say having a purpose in life is what keeps people young. The older demographics want to give a good example to younger people (80%) and feel wisdom comes with age (76%), and more than 40 percent feel that things are better as they grow older.
In addition, Boomers just simply feel young. In fact, women 50+ feel eleven years younger and believe they look eight years younger than their actual ages, according to research.
The people who participated in the research cited above are in some very good company. Some of the world’s most famous celebrities shared their views on aging with AARP, when they gathered on February 10, 2014 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for the 13th annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, AARP’s annual gala honoring outstanding writing, acting, and filmmaking with distinct relevance to the 50+ audience.
Academy Award-winning actress and cover star of the February/March 2014 issue of AARP The Magazine Susan Sarandon, 67, says, “The older you get the better your perspective is.”
Mary Steenburgen, also an Oscar-winning actress, agrees. The 61-year-old actress says that as she ages, “I don’t sweat the small stuff so much. I like scaring myself. I like doing new things. I appreciate life. I know I’m lucky and I’m grateful.”
Naomi Watts, 45, who recently starred as the late Princess of Wales in the biopic ”Diana,” says, “I’m a believer in that as life gets longer we hopefully get wiser and those stories become more important.”
June Squibb, 84, and a 2014 Oscar nominee for her role in the film “Nebraska,” says getting older means being less preoccupied with what others think. “I sure don’t have to worry about what anybody else thinks. I think that’s the best thing that’s happened to me,” she says.
Director Steve McQueen, 44, who recently won the Best Picture Oscar for his film, ”12 Years a Slave,” said: “With age, there’s maturity. With age, there’s experience.”
Melissa McCarthy, 43, who made a big splash in 2011’s Bridesmaids, thinks “people are bored with one image, one age. I think you want to see more of a cross section of the world.”
Actress, comedian and author Kathy Griffin, 57, who co-hosted the 2014 Movies for Grownups Gala, said, “The best thing about turning 50 is you really do know more than you did. So that cliche is true.”
Perhaps the best endorsement for aging came from actor Ted Danson, 66, who said of his wife, Steenburgen, “You saw my wife. If that’s what AARP looks like, I’m in!”
- The Wrap
Naomi Watts says women directors have ‘different voice, stories’ and not helpful to be compared to men
Naomi Watts says women directors have ‘different voice, stories’ and not helpful to be compared to men
OSCAR-nominated Naomi Watts says she’s had enough with female directors constantly being sized up to their male counterparts.
The Impossible star said that “female directors and actor have a different voice, different stories. It’s not helpful to be compared to men.”
Aussie actor Watts, who wore a pink strapless dress and long Bulgari white gold and diamond necklace, was in Cannes to attend Calvin Klein’s Women in Film alongside Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o and Rooney Mara.
The underrepresentation of women in directorial roles has been a hot topic at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with New Zealand Jane Campion — the first female filmmaker to have ever won the Palme d’Or — sitting as jury president.
“Jane Campion is right to say that there’s an inherent sexism in the film industry. But there’s also a lack of women putting themselves forward,” Watts added.
The new October 2013 issue of UK Empire magazine has a new interview with Naomi to promote Diana, and thanks to our friend Celyn we have some exclusive scans from it for you! Not only is it a new interview, but they also include a new still from the movie, plus a previously unseen photo from this 2012 photoshoot, in which Naomi looks absolutely beautiful. She also talks a bit about her upcoming projects Birdman and St Vincents, some of her older films and career choices, the directors she’s worked with and those she’d like to work with (Wes Anderson and Alexander Payne – excellent choices), and her friendship with Nicole … all in all, it’s a pretty fantastic and in depth interview and a must-read!! So here are the scans….
Congratulations to Naomi for scoring a nomination for Choice Movie Actress: Drama for The Impossible at the Teen Choice Awards!
Choice Movie Actress: Drama
Halle Berry, “The Call”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Carey Mulligan, “The Great Gatsby”
Emma Watson, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
The winners will be announced during the ceremony to be held on August 11th. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Fox, at 8-10pm. THR report that hosts, performers, presenters and additional nominees will be announced shortly.
Congratulations to Naomi for picking up yet another award nomination for The Impossible, this time from the Empire Awards. Tom Holland also scores a much deserved nomination for Best Male Newcomer. The London based awards body will hold their ceremony in that city on Sunday March 24th, and fans can –> vote for their winners online <-- in the run-up.
Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall)
Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Best Male Newcomer
Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina)
Rafe Spall (Life Of Pi)
Steve Oram (Sightseers)
Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi)
Tom Holland (The Impossible)
Naomi Watts shares Oscars secrets
Naomi Watts has picked up a few little tricks since first walking the Oscars red carpet as a nominee with Heath Ledger almost a decade ago.
It is the world’s most glamorous walk.
To get the invite to the Dolby Theatre and earn the second Oscar nomination of her career, Watts had anything but a glamorous walk.
For weeks, Watts, playing a tsunami survivor in The Impossible, had to trudge through deep mud in fields constructed in Thailand to replicate a disaster zone.
Watts, 44, didn’t complain about the knee-deep mud.
She loved it because it helped her become Maria Belon, the Spanish doctor and mother whose terrifying survival story in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is told in The Impossible.
‘You would walk out on to those sets in Thailand in the middle of nowhere and see the set stretch for miles and miles and the level of detail was just mind-blowing,’ Watts, speaking at another glamour event, the recent Oscar Nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, said.
Naomi’s Impossible dream for Oscars
NAOMI Watts believes her Oscar nomination for the Thai tsunami drama, The Impossible, is important for reasons that go well beyond the glamour of the 85th Academy Awards.
”If it helps the film, that makes me extra happy because it was the greatest natural disaster of our time and it’s important that people get to learn about that story,” she said. ”When it took place in 2004, we knew it was going on, but I don’t know that we fully understood it. I think the film helped us get closer to understanding it.”
Watts is nominated for her emotional performance as a doctor separated from her family by the tsunami, which killed more than 230,000 people. She considers the Spanish doctor whose story inspired the film, Maria Belon, to be a friend for life after working closely together to make The Impossible.
”Her story is just one part of a massive story and she kept saying that to me,” Watts said in Los Angeles. ”It was very much her story – it never deviated for entertainment value or shock value. The responsibility was not just to honour her story but everyone’s.”
On The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona: “I absolutely loved working with him. It was clear to me in our first meeting that he’s just full of passion, with this his story in particular. He did a huge amount of preparation. . . . His research was extensive. He and his producer showed me so much material, and the way they spoke about it, more importantly, I could feel how deeply connected they were with it, and with Maria, the woman who I play, and how important it was to tell her story with the utmost truth and never deviating from it. Basically everything you saw on the screen was blow-by-blow what happened to her and her family. Despite the fact that he came from genre film, while he honors that a little bit, he’s still staying very close to the truth and not creating things for shock or entertainment value. He’s one of the most exciting directors I’ve worked with, and I see incredible things coming from him.”
On her fellow Australian nominees this year: “It’s a great year for Australia! Very exciting. I’ve only seen Jacki [Weaver] once, but I’ve seen quite a bit of Hugh [Jackman], and it really does become exciting when you see fellow actors achieving this kind of recognition and you just sort of pinch each other and say, ‘Look at this — is this really happening?'”
On whether she’s been preparing for the Oscars: “No on the Oscar preparation! In fact, I just arrived here and saw those gold statues and thought, ‘Oh, wow. This is really a flashback.’ It’s the first time it hit home that it’s actually happened.”
On being the only person from The Impossible to receive an Oscar nomination: “A lot of people went unrecognized. I don’t know why that happened. Maybe not enough people have seen the film.”
- Buzz Sugar
Naomi Watts Reflects on an Odds-Defying Career (Exclusive Video)
The actress, being celebrated for her work in “The Impossible,” laughingly recalled that after “King Kong” she vowed to “never do something that physical again.”
On Jan. 5 I moderated the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s special tribute to Naomi Watts, just hours before the fest presented her with its Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award for her performance in The Impossible, for which she since has received her second career best actress Oscar nomination. Her previous nomination, for 21 Grams, came nine years ago, shortly after she received another honor from the Palm Springs fest. She is the only person in the event’s history to be honored twice.
Over the course of about 35 minutes, I asked Watts about her life and career, and, as you can see in the video at the top of this post (provided by the fest), she couldn’t have been more lovely or candid.
Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts Want to Work Together, Can’t Find Right Movie Project
The last and only time Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts appeared in a movie together was in the 1991 indie Flirting.
Considering what besties they are, one would think they would have reunited on the big screen by now.
Sadly, they haven’t. But it’s not like they don’t want to.
“We’re looking,” Kidman told me at the Producers Guild of America Awards.
In fact, Watts added, “We’ve been looking for a long time now. But both of us have…picky tastes. It has to be the right piece.”
Kidman pleaded with a smile, “Somebody think of something, please!”
Not that the two aren’t busy enough. Both just wrapped films in which they play two of the most iconic princesses in modern history. Kidman stars as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco and Watts as Princess Diana in Diana.
“You said we were going to have a princess party,” Kidman said to Watts.
Watts quickly responded, “I was joking, but maybe we’ll have a tea party kind of thing.”