Naomi and her Two Mothers director Anne Fontaine appeared on French TV show Le Grand Journal on March 8th to promote their movie, and you can watch their segment below. Screencaptures will be added to the Gallery soon.
Check out one of Naomi’s TV adverts for Pantene:
Naomi has been promoting Two Mothers in France recently, and has given several interviews for it:
Naomi supports a campaign from the Happy Hearts Fund in this new PSA:
Happy Hearts Fund is a non-profit foundation dedicated to rebuilding schools and restoring hope and opportunity in the lives of children after natural disasters. We work during the period after emergency response is complete, implementing sustainable practices to ensure a lasting impact.
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
THR’s Oscar Icons Portfolio: Steven Spielberg, Eva Marie Saint, Michael Moore
Contenders past and present — Spielberg with Benh Zeitlin, Marlee Matlin with Quvenzhane Wallis — swap tales about their biggest awards night fears (giving birth onstage!) to how winning changed their lives.
This story first appeared in the March 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
When The Hollywood Reporter gathered Oscar contenders past and present to pose for our cameras, there was a great deal of mutual admiration on display.
Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhane Wallis gushed to Marlee Matlin, “You’re so pretty!” And the Children of a Lesser God winner praised the 9-year-old actress’ “raw and natural” performance.
The Oscar veterans also shared words of wisdom and swapped anecdotes with some of the awards-season newcomers. Steven Spielberg, who has earned a total of 15 nominations (with three wins), reminisced about his first nomination to Beasts of the Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin, “When you look back over the hundred years of Hollywood, and the 80-plus years of the Academy, you realize that just being there is such an accomplishment.”
Oscars 2013: Great Performances
For this year’s Great Performances portfolio, TIME asked fashion photographer Paola Kudacki to take portraits of 11 actors, all of whom appeared in 2012 films that captured key moments in history, and several of whom portrayed real-life people.
“It’s always interesting to meet actors who are completely different than the characters they play,” Kudacki told TIME. A guiding philosophy in her portrait work is to show a side of each actor as he or she truly is. The goal is to find “the moment of ultimate intimacy,” she says. “It’s about making each of your subjects comfortable. You have to become their confidante, instantly, to get them to relax in front of the camera.”
While conversations between photographer and subject are important to create a rapport, Kudacki also made up fictional characters and situations for each participant to play during the shoot. “For actors, used to playing a specific role, I hoped this would help them relax,” she said. In making the roles their own, the actors might also reveal something about themselves. “Like the first time I developed my own film,” she says, “capturing these characters in camera is like turning fantasy into reality.”
Performance: Maria Belon in The Impossible (Oscar nomination, Best Actress)
“She was so expressive and so detailed in everything she went through,” says Watts of Maria Belon, a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. “And everything she did go through is, blow by blow, what’s up there on the screen.”
Naomi Watts on acting “The Impossible”
With the Oscars just two weeks away, Lee Cowan meets with Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts . . . THE ENVELOPE PLEASE:
It ranks among the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.
On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami tore across Southeast Asia, killing some 230,000 people.
The world sat stunned — anxious to help, but largely helpless from so far away. At least that’s how actress Naomi Watts felt.
“Just remember turning on the TV and being glued to it, but I still felt like — it felt like a long way away.”
A long away away, until Watts traveled to the once-battered coastline of Thailand to begin filming a movie ABOUT the tsunami, appropriately titled, “The Impossible.”
Her realistic performance of a real-life event now has her in the running for an Oscar.
It’s a true story, based on Maria Belon and her family, vacationing from Spain when the tsunami hit.
Miraculously, she, her husband, and all three of her children survived the tsunami, and returned to Spain.
“I was there, I was under the water, I was struggling,” Belon said. “You feel thousands of things at the same time in a very, very strong way.”
Eva Marie Saint Praises Naomi Watts’ ‘Impossible’ Performance
The Oscar winner for 1954’s “On the Waterfront” tells THR earlier awards seasons were less hyped than they are today.
Screen legend Eva Marie Saint has a high opinion of Naomi Watts and her Oscar-nominated turn in The Impossible.
Sitting next to Watts, Saint recalled watching the film with her husband, director Jeffrey Hayden.
“I’m into that movie. It’s a beautifully, beautifully directed movie,” Saint said of the film, which also stars Ewan McGregor and centers on a family ripped apart during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
She also reminisced about her best supporting actress win for 1954’s On the Waterfront, noting there was significantly less hype surrounding awards season in those days. There was also a smaller emphasis on one’s Oscar speech.
Oscar-nominee Naomi Watts on pressure of playing real-life survivor in ‘The Impossible’
Naomi Watts admits she watched the Oscar nominations announcement live to find out she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in “The Impossible.” “I planned on not watching it,” she explains, “and in fact, I really was quite sure that it wasn’t going to happen … but I ended up having a really sleepless night anyway … I was completely shocked, and extra shocked because my name was read first.”
Last year, to increase suspense, Oscar presenters began to announce nominees in random order instead of alphabetically, which meant that Watts got to hear the good news first this time around. “It’s a nice break for those whose names begin with a W,” she says. Considering those actors who come earlier in the alphabet but had to wait to hear their names called, she adds, “That’s how the W’s have lived their whole lives!”