Naomi Watts Refused To Cut Her Hair For ‘Diana’ Role
Actress Naomi Watts opted to wear a wig to portray Diana, Princess Of Wales in an upcoming movie because she wasn’t “brave enough” to cut her long hair for the role.
The “King Kong” star plays the lead in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s upcoming drama Diana, which focuses on the last two years of the British royal’s life before she died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
Watts was photographed in character throughout the shoot, but she reveals the short bob she sported to portray the late princess was not her real hair.
She tells Britain’s Marie Claire magazine, “I loved wearing a wig to play Princess Diana in Diana. Changing my hair for roles is liberating, even if it’s not always a look I’d go for.”
“That style was emblematic of the time, but I’m not brave enough to go that short.”
Diana is due for release later this year.
Film School Rejects have an interesting interview with The Impossible director J.A. Bayona. Read the excerpt mentioning Naomi below, and find the full thing at the source linked below:
In terms of the technical side of the film, directors always say, “Don’t shoot on water and don’t work with kids.”
[Laughs] And doing that in English was even worse, because it’s not my first language. It was dealing with kids, water, a different country, great actors, and in another language…
Was shooting the tsunami as difficult as you thought it would be?
Yeah, especially for the actors. For us, it was a technical challenge, but it was physical for the actors. Naomi [Watts] spent a month in the water, and she was already having stomach problems on her third day of shooting. You can imagine how physically demanding it would be.
Maria Belon, whose story The Impossible is based on, talks about the criticism of racism in the film, her involvement in the making of the film, and her admiration for Naomi:
Tsunami Survivor Maria Belon Reflects on ‘The Impossible’
I can’t begin to tell you what an honor and a privilege it was to be sitting across from Maria Belon, a Spanish doctor who along with her husband and three sons miraculously survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Belon’s story of survival is now the focus of the movie “The Impossible,” and she participated in a roundtable interview which I attended with several others. She may not see herself as a hero, but seeing her so lively and upbeat even after the horrific ordeal she endured is nothing short of inspiring.
In “The Impossible,” Belon is portrayed by Naomi Watts in a performance full of strength and raw emotion. We watch as she struggles to make her way to safety in the aftermath of the tsunami which decimated the coastal zone of Thailand, and it’s unnerving to see the injuries she received which included a nasty wound on one of her legs. Despite that, Belon said that “nothing happened to us” (her and her family) because they survived. So when J.A. Bayona, director of “The Orphanage,” came to her wanting to make a movie about the tsunami, she had to ask why.
“Why our story if we survived? Why in a story full of pain and full of loss pick up our story in which nothing happened? But then we understood that it was the only way of explaining the others’ pain was picking up a story of a family which nothing happened to,” Belon said.
Woooowww, Naomi graces the cover of the new issue of Australian Vogue, and she and it look amazing! The video below is the behind the scenes footage of the shoot, and it looks gorgeous, so I can only imagine what the finished photos look like. A preview of the cover has been uploaded to the Gallery.
Be sure I will be adding scans from this as soon as is possible!
Just a small update now – I’ve found and added another portrait photoshoot image taken a month or so ago whilst Naomi was doing press rounds for The Impossible. We also have photoshoot images from her recent French Grazia magazine shoot, including one new one which wasn’t in the magazine!
First off, Happy New Year to all our visitors!! I hope 2013 brings you lots of great things. I also hope this year brings Naomi lots of great things (particularly in the next few months, career-wise ).
It’s time to play catch up on a few things that got delayed due to the busy-ness of Christmas, and so I have now added HD screencaptures of Naomi on Letterman on December 21st, as well as photos of her outside the studios where they tape the show. It seems she taped it the day before – the 20th. She wore a black Calvin Klein coat – which had a skirt as part of the coat, apparently?! – with Christian Louboutin ‘Col Zippe’ boots for her arrival, and changed into a little black dress for her interview. Check out the pics in the Gallery.
It was an ok interview – Naomi talked a bit about the sibling rivalry between her sons, and then went on to talk about how they filmed The Impossible.
I’m having trouble finding a video of this interview, but will keep looking and post again when I do find one.
EDIT: We are in luck! I have found and uploaded a video for you of the interview. Download it in our Videos section:
Naomi tells Entertainment Tonight why Oscar buzz makes her nervous: