Naomi Watts Reveals “Ballsy” Way She First Hit on Liev Schreiber

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12:43 pm, October 15th, 2013



Naomi Watts describes how she made the first move on Liev Schreiber in the November issue of Allure.

“It was a lot more ballsy than I would ever normally be,” recalls the actress of their encounter at the Met Costume Institute Gala in 2005.

Watts remembers, “He got up to say he was leaving, and I was like, ‘Oh, sh*t.’ So I said something cheeky. ‘Don’t you want my digits?’ It made him laugh. He texted me saying, ‘Would you like to go for a drink right now?’ And I said, ‘No, I’ll meet you for breakfast tomorrow.’”

She wanted to set the record about their courtship straight after Schreiber recently joked in a magazine that Watts had forced a director to cast him in the movie The Painted Veil.

“I didn’t get him the role,” she tells Allure. “Of course he got it for himself. He turned it down to begin with, and then I talked him into it…. I really had to push him because I wanted to see him.”

Watts stars as Princess Di in the upcoming Diana, and she knows that comparisons with the iconic woman she’s portraying are inevitable — and she wanted the challenge.

She explains, “I thought, Everyone’s going to jump to these comparisons: ‘She hasn’t got the nose. She hasn’t got the voice.’ [I thought], it’s not going to work; it’s too scary. So I said no. But for some reason, I didn’t feel completely at peace with that decision. It was nerve-wracking every step of the way until I was there, and then it was like, ‘OK, now I’m just doing it.’”

What was the key to playing Diana?

“There was a ferocity and then a real fragility to her. You’re just drawn in by those eyes,” says Watts.

She calls her performance an “interpretation.”

“I had to make it my own,” explains the actress, who plays a pregnant stripper in the upcoming St. Vincent De Van Nuys.

Watts describes her transition: “From princess to pole.”

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LISTEN: Naomi Watts Walking Off Diana Interview (AUDIO)

10:29 am, September 14th, 2013

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Naomi Watts walked out of a BBC Radio interview to promote her Diana biopic last week, and now audio has emerged of the awkward incident.


In the clip, Watts is heard abruptly telling host Simon Mayo, “I think we’re getting the wind-up, sorry.”

Mayo protests, and the actress responds, “I think we’re running late, and we’ve got to go to the next thing.”

The host pleads, “Could we perhaps finish the interview properly, as we started it? Otherwise, we can’t use the interview,” but Watts has already left the room.

It’s still not known why Watts cut short the sit-down.

Check out the walk-off clip and the full version of the interview below, and tell us what you think.

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Naomi Watts “Walked Out of Interview” About Diana Biopic, Says Radio Host

6:01 pm, September 5th, 2013

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Naomi Watts “walked out of an interview” in which she was set to discuss her Princess Diana biopic, according to British radio host Simon Mayo.

Watts was on BBC Radio 5′s live show “Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review” to promote Diana when she reportedly cut the sit-down short.

Mayo tweeted on Wednesday, “A first for me and @wittertainment as Naomi Watts walked out of an interview! She seemed a tad uncomfortable with the questions. Shame.”

Asked by a fellow reporter what he did to upset the actress, the host replied, “The honest answer is I have no idea. You know my hectoring style is always a problem.”

Mayo told another Twitter follower that he “didn’t express any opinion” about the controversial film, saying he’s “baffled” as to why Watts left the interview.

Gossip Cop has reached out to a rep for Watts for details on what happened.

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