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Biography for Naomi WattsNaomi Ellen Watts (born 28 sep. 1968 (48 years ago)) is a British-Australian actress.
She is known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the movie remakes of The Ring, King Kong (18 walls), Funny Games (4 walls) and her Academy Award-nominated role in the movie 21 Grams.
Early yearsWatts was born in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England, the daughter of Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (née Roberts), a Welsh antiques dealer and costume and set designer, and Peter Watts, a road manager and sound engineer who worked with Pink Floyd.
Watts has one brother, Ben, a year older and now a photographer in the United States. Watts's parents separated when she was four years old. Her father died and when she was seven or nine. Following her father's death, her mother relocated the family to Llanfawr Farm, on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales, where they lived with Watts's maternal grandparents, Nikki and Hugh Roberts.
Watts described her mother as a hippie "with passive-aggressive tendencies" and no money, who used to threaten to send her and her brother to foster care in order to get her parents to provide for them. Although her mother occasionally moved the family around Wales and England, usually to follow boyfriends, she always ended up returning to Llangefni, living there until Naomi was 14. Watts says that she wanted to become an actress since watching the 1980 (36 years ago) movie Fame.
In 1982 (34 years ago), the family moved to Sydney, Australia. Her grandmother was Australian, which made it easier to obtain the documentation necessary, since Watts and her family were entitled to Australian citizenship. Of her nationality, she has said :
"I consider myself British and have very happy memories of the UK. I spent the first 14 years of my life in England and Wales and never wanted to leave. When I was in Australia I went back to England a lot."
"I consider myself very Australian and very connected to Australia, in fact when people say where is home, I say Australia, because those are my most powerful memories."
After moving to Sydney, she attended Mosman High school. She attended several schools, including North Sydney Girls High School, where her classmates included Nicole Kidman (24 walls), with whom she is still close.
In 1986 (30 years ago) she took a break from acting and went to Japan to work as a model, but the experience, which lasted for about four months, was fruitless as Watts did not have the physical requirements for a professional runway model and could only hope to be working in promotions, which did not excite her. Watts describes it as one of the worst periods of her life. Upon returning to Australia, she went to work for a local department store and from there she went to work as assistant fashion editor with an Australian fashion magazine. A casual invitation to participate in a drama workshop rekindled her passion for acting, and prompted her to quit her job and dedicate herself to succeeding as an actress.
CareerWatts's career began in Australian TV, where she appeared in commercials and series, including the soap opera Home and Away, the award winning mini-series Brides of Christ and the family sitcom Hey Dad..!. She was featured in a supporting role in the acclaimed 1991 (25 years ago) Australian indie movie Flirting, starring future Hollywood up-and-comers Nicole Kidman (24 walls) and Thandie Newton. As Watts made the transition from Australia to the United States, she landed a supporting role in the cult 1995 (21 years ago) movie Tank Girl, playing the part of "Jet Girl".
Finding quality roles in the Hollywood system at first proved difficult. She appeared in the short-lived series Sleepwalkers and numerous B-list productions such as movies like Children of the Corn IV. Gradually, Watts attracted supporting roles in movies such as Dangerous Beauty. In 2001 (15 years ago), she starred in The Shaft directed by Dick Maas, which garnered poor reviews.
In 2001 (15 years ago), Watts starred in David Lynch's highly acclaimed Mulholland Drive. The movie premiered at the 2001 (15 years ago) Cannes movie Festival, winning her the National Society of movie Critics Award as Best Actress and the National Board of Review award as Breakthrough Performance of the year. The surrealist movie attracted controversy with a strong lesbian theme.
Having worked with director/screenwriter Scott Coffey on Mulholland Drive, they teamed up to co-produce her next film, the semi-autobiographical Ellie Parker, which grew out of the friendship forged between Watts and Coffey.
In 2002 (14 years ago), she starred in one of the biggest box office hits of that year, the English language remake of the Japanese horror movie The Ring. The following year, she starred in the movie Ned Kelly opposite Heath Ledger (5 walls), Orlando Bloom (7 walls), and Geoffrey Rush; as well as the Merchant-Ivory movie Le Divorce with Kate Hudson.
Her performance opposite Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro in director Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams earned Watts her first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. She said of the nomination "It's far beyond what I ever dreamed for - that would have been too far fetched".
She produced and starred in the well-received independent movie We Don't Live Here Anymore. She reunited with Sean Penn and Don Cheadle in The Assassination of Richard Nixon, teamed up with Jude Law (4 walls) and Dustin Hoffman in David O. Russell's ensemble comedy I ♥ Huckabees, and starred in the sequel to the Ring, The Ring Two.
She then starred in the much-anticipated remake of King Kong (18 walls) (2005, 11 years ago) as Ann Darrow. The role, immortalized by Fay Wray in the original film, proved to be Watts's most commercially successful movie yet. Helmed by The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, the movie won high praise and grossed $550 million worldwide.
Watts as Ann Darrow in King Kong"... you’d better know why you’re here as an actor ... I’m here to work out my shit, what my problems are and know who I am, so by cracking open these characters perhaps that shines a light on it a little bit better."
Watts starred in The Painted Veil with Edward Norton (5 walls) and Liev Schreiber, released in dec. 2006 (10 years ago). She has since finished the movies Funny Games (4 walls) (a remake of the 1997 (19 years ago) Austrian movie by director Michael Haneke) with Tim Roth, and David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen.
The press has labeled her the "queen of remakes" because she has starred in so many of them; she is scheduled to star in the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963, 53 years ago). Watts has stated only that there have been "discussions" about the remake.
Watts with her partner Liev SchreiberIn May 2006 (10 years ago), Watts was named a special representative to the U.N. program for HIV/AIDS.
On 24 Jul. 2007 (9 years ago), The Courier-Mail reported that Watts had been cast as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (7 walls), with Stuart Townsend and Joseph Fiennes, the younger brother of Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), also being cast in unspecified roles. On the next day, representatives of Watts, Townsend and Fiennes said that the rumors were not true.
Personal lifeHer father's manic laugh can be heard in Pink Floyd's "Speak to Me" and "Brain Damage" and her mother's comments can be heard in "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Money" from The Dark Side of the Moon. Watts is pictured in her mother's arms with her father, brother, the band, and other crew members, in the hardback/softcover edition of drummer Nick Mason's autobiography of the band Inside Out.
Watts dated Stephen Hopkins in the 1990 (26 years ago) and actor Heath Ledger (5 walls) from Aug. 2002 (14 years ago) to May 2004 (12 years ago). Since the spring of 2005 (11 years ago), Watts's partner has been the actor Liev Schreiber. She confirmed in an interview in late Jan. of this year that Liev had in fact given her a ring (which she was not wearing at the time) but that neither of them wanted to rush into marriage. This would confirm that they are engaged but had no serious plans for marriage at the time. Yet rumors that they had been married in a secret ceremony surfaced when a video of her and her family, which featured them planting trees for the Jewish National Fund in Israel, also featured Liev referring to her as his wife came out in early June. Liev, known to play tricks on the media, had once before called her as such in 2007 (9 years ago) but later revealed that it was all a joke. Since there has been no proof given other than Liev's word in the video, it is unclear as to whether or not he is telling the truth or simply playing another joke.
The couple's first son, Alexander "Sacha" Pete, was born on 25 Jul. 2007 (9 years ago) in Los Angeles, and their second son, Samuel "Sammy" Kai, on 13 dec. 2008 (8 years ago) in New York City. After a temporary hiatus from acting, she returned to work with The International, her first project since becoming a mother.
Watts is a close friend of Benicio del Toro, with whom she co-starred in 21 Grams. Watts is friends with actress Isla Fisher (18 walls), and is godmother to The Mentalist's Simon Baker's oldest daughter, Stella. She is also best friends with fellow Australian actrees Nicole Kidman (24 walls), after having met when they were in their teens during an audition. Watts even moved in with Kidman for a time as nanny to Kidman's, and her then husband Tom Cruise (12 walls), children when Watts's own career had yet to gain commercial success.
After filming The Painted Veil , she became attracted to Buddhism, claiming, "I have some belief but I am not a strict Buddhist or anything yet. There was a lot of excitement and energy there."
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