Naomi Watts (born 28.9.1968)
Naomi Watts is a British-Australian actress. Her acting career began in Australian television, appearing in soap operas and series such as Home and Away and Brides of Christ.
Childhood: Naomi Watts was born in Shoreham, in Kent, to Myfanwy Edwards and Peter Watts. Her mother was an antiques dealer, as well as a costume and set designer. Her father was a sound engineer and tour manager, who worked with Pink Floyd, amongst others. Her father died whilst she was young and the family moved to her mother's homeland, Wales.
Watts has stated that she wanted to become an actress after watching the film Fame in 1980. Naomi's grandmother was Australian, so in 1982, it was easy for her mother to obtain passports for the family to move to Australia.
Whilst in Sydney, Naomi Watts attended Mosman High School and North Sydney Girls' High School (along with Nicole Kidman). In 1986, Watts took a break from acting to work as a model in Japan, but failed to make the grade and did not enjoy the work.
Upon returning to Australia, she was invited to take part in a drama workshop and this rekindled her passion for acting.
Acting Career: Naomi Watts started out acting in a number of Australian TV series, including the popular soap opera Home and Away (which also launched the careers of Dannii Minogue, Heath Ledger and Guy Pearce. She also appeared in the award-winning mini-series Brides of Christ and the sitcom Hey Dad...!
In 1991, Naomi Watts landed a role in the acclaimed 1991 film Flirting, along with Thandie Newton and Nicole Kidman. After making the decision to move to the States, Watts was then selected for the supporting role of Jet Girl in Tank Girl, which starred Lori Petty and Ice T and featured music by the likes of Hole, Devo, Iggy Pop and Portishead.
However, in her first few years in Hollywood, Naomi watts struggled to land the roles that she wanted. She missed out on roles in Meet the Parents, The Parent Trap and Man on the Moon, though she took a role in the B-movie Children of the Corn IV.
Watts' big breakthrough came in 2001, when she starred in The Shaft, which also featured James Marshall. Later that year Naomi Watts starred in David Lynch's acclaimed movie Mulholland Drive along with Laura Elena Harring and Justin Theroux. Watts' performance earned her the Best Actress gong at the National Society of Film Critics Awards.
2002 saw Naomi Watts star in The Ring, one of the biggest US box office hits of the year. The film was a remake of a cult Japanese horror and its success led on to Watts starring in Ned Kelly, opposite the late Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush.
The Merchant Ivory film Le Divorce was released in 2003 and starred Naomi Watts along with Kate Hudson and Glenn Close. Building on her success, Watts went on to feature in 21 Grams, along with Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn. Her role in 21 Grams led to Watts being nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award, though she lost out to Charlize Theron.
In 2004, Watts produced the independent film We Don't Live Here Anymore, as well as appearing in it, alongside Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern and Peter Krause. In The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Watts was reunited with Sean Penn and Don Cheadle, before teaming up with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman in I Heart Huckabees. She also starred in the sequel to The Ring: The Ring Two.
Another successful turning point in Naomi Watts' acting career came in 2005 when she starred in the remake of King Kong, playing the role of Ann Darrow, with Adrien Brody and Jack Black filling the film's starring roles. With Peter Jackson at the helm, the film was a massive success, both in the USA and around the world.
The following year, Naomi Watts starred along with Ed Norton and Liev Schreiber in The Painted Veil. She also starred in a remake of the 1997 Austrian film Funny Games, along with Tim Roth. As the latest in a string of remakes, Naomi watts began to earn herself a reputation as 'queen of the remake'. She also appeared alongside Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises.
Jim Sheridan cast Naomi Watts in the thriller Dream House in 2010, to work alongside Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz.
Personal Life: Naomi Watts is engaged to Liev Schreiber and they have two children together.
Henry Carpenter (Jaeden Lieberher) is a genius for his meagre 11 years and the reason why his single mother Susan (Naomi Watts) copes so well taking care of him and her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay). He helps her out with all her financial problems, and does his best to keep Peter in line at the same time. But there are more pressing matters on Henry's mind. His next door neighbour and classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler) is in trouble. She lives with her abusive stepfather Glenn Sickleman (Dean Norris) who also happens to be the police commissioner, make it impossible for Susan and Henry to go to the police about their concerns. However, Henry has it all worked out and has documented an elaborate and inventive plan to rescue Christina in his notebook. Having always put all of her trust in her son, Susan agrees to help him execute the plan.
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When a young women finds herself with amnesia following a car accident on Mulholland Drive, she adopts the name Rita and joins forces with an actress named Betty to try and re-discover who she is and where she was going with a strange blue key and a bag full of money. Meanwhile, a filmmaker named Adam Kesher gets roped into a mob deal, and other characters are being stalked by a mysterious and terrifying figure. Doppelgangers, betrayed love and murder line the plot as bit-by-bit Rita makes connections to her memories. Blurring the lines between illusion and reality, dreams and wakefulness, David Lynch gets into the core of the human condition with this surreal mystery.
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Critics from all over the world were asked to name the best movie of the past 16 years.
Mulholland Drive has been named the greatest film of the 21st century in a list of the 100 best, compiled by the BBC. Critics from all over the world were asked to vote for their favourite movie of the past 16 years in the poll, in a bid to prove that great films are still being made.
Mulholland Drive director David Lynch
Mulholland Drive, the 2001 neo-noir mystery directed and written by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Justin Theroux and Laura Harring, came out on top among the critics.
With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) isn't quite what it appears to be. It's not, for example, an exploration of grief, although that's in here. And it also isn't meant to be taken literally, because it's more of a parable. The main clue is in the moment when the central character comments that everything in his life seems to be a metaphor. Indeed it is. And this heightened sense of meaning makes the entire film unusually vivid.
The film opens as Wall Street banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) emerges unscratched from a car crash that kills his beautiful wife Julia (Heather Lind). Unable to grieve, he begins to feel like the world around him is shifting inexplicably. So he starts taking things apart to see how they work, or why they don't. Soon he's dismantling his entire house. His father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who is also his boss, becomes increasingly perplexed at Davis' erratic behaviour. And the only person Davis confides in is customer services rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and her confused 15-year-old son Chris (Judah Lewis). As Davis worms his way into their world, he slowly begins to see his own life more clearly.
This is a film about how some people let themselves drift along in the expected ways, never questioning what happens even though it doesn't feel quite right. In Davis' case, his wife's death jolts him awake. He begins to see the real world around him for the first time, including the absurdities of the life he had built around himself. Gyllenhaal invests Davis with remarkable layers of emotion as a generally cheerful guy being pulled apart from within by something he initially can't understand. His reactions to people around him grow increasingly more honest as the film progresses. And by the end, he's defying expectations and conventions in ways that feel shocking but are actually bracingly truthful.
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Ray is, in many ways, a regular New York teenager who enjoys skating, goes to school and is being raised by a single mother. The only unusual thing about him is that he was born female. Now he's hit puberty, he wants to under-go hormone replacement therapy and his mother Maggie is behind him one-hundred per cent. She may be grieving for the daughter that she's lost, but all she wants is for Ray to be happy and feel whole. The news that Ray wants to become a boy doesn't sit well with everyone, however. Her lesbian grandmother Dolly, for example, with whom he and his mother lives is dismissive of the idea of transitioning, and when the time comes to sign the parental consent form from the doctor, Maggie struggles to get her estranged husband to agree too. Ray isn't backing down without a fight; he refuses to go to school until he can start afresh in a boyish body, having undergone years of bullying. But it's going to take some serious discussion for him to be accepted for he is by the people around him.
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Davis Mitchell is very successful in what he does for a living, though he's not as productive when it comes to his marriage. He's an investment banker stuck in the same old daily routine and he tends not to ever think about anything else. However, he is forced to re-evaluate himself and the way he lives his life when his wife Julia dies suddenly in a car accident. His father-in-law and boss Phil doesn't think much of Davis, but encourages him to pick himself up off the ground and start appreciating the world around him. After deciding to file a complaint to a vending machine company, Davis ends up writing numerous letters about his personal struggles and confessions. When they are discovered by a woman named Karen whose struggling to overcome problems of her own, they start a friendship that will encourage Davis to take apart his life, and re-build.
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The acting pals took to the stage for a snog in a shower cap
If it’s good enough for Britney and Madonna, Sandra and Scarlett and Amy and Tina, it's good enough for Austalian best friends Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts, who went down the familiar celebrity route of ‘locking lips’ in public at a recent Women In Film event.
Nicole Kidman made a speech about female empowerment at a Women In Film event
With Kidman on the stage giving a speech about female empowerment, Watts joined her long-time pal and they went in for a big smooch both wearing, strangely, floral shower caps.
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The Oscar winner's new suicide drama is dividing opinion with its first screenings at Cannes.
Matthew Mcconaughey has completely reinvented himself since his shirt-on, shirt-off rom-com days, going on to star in darker and better-received dramas like Killer Joe, the acclaimed TV series True Detective, Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar and, of course, Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won his first Oscar. It looked like the man could do no wrong.
Matthew McConaughey's new film has gone down badly at Cannes
And then came the boos and laughter at the recent Cannes press screening of The Sea Of Trees, a spiritual drama in which he plays a suicidal man who has a life-changing encounter with a stranger in Japan's Aokigahara woods. As an A-list actor who's become much more used to praise in the last four years, McConaughey responded (we have to say, rather well) to the audience's negative reactions, saying, "Anyone has as much right to boo as they do to ovate".
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During the creation of the film 'While We're Young', the film's creators began to explore the idea of youth culture, and its obsession with the older generations.
With his new film 'While We're Young', Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) takes a complex look at the impact of youth culture on the previous, older generation. This is done by depicting the often comical interaction of two couples: Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller in their mid-40s and Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver in their mid-20s.
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in 'While We're Young'
Watts believes that the film pokes a hole in the current obsession with anything that seems young. "The funny thing about the film is that these people who pose themselves as this incredibly hip young couple turn out to be not as hip as they think they are," she said. "This endless fascination with the youth culture is there in all of us, and the irony of them using vinyl and typewriters and oh, let's leave it to questions and not know the answer, let's try and remember without looking things up on our phones! Ben and I are fooled into believing they are so pure. That becomes the genesis of our crush on them, and then we figure out they're not as authentic as they promise."
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Writer-director Noah Baumbach once again taps into a specific point in life with astute observational skill, even if the plot feels oddly forced. The vividly defined characters continually surprise with their awkward honesty, although this comedy-drama suffers from the contrived plotting of Greenberg (2010) rather than the free-spirited joy of Frances Ha (2012). Still, people on the cusp of middle age will find it hilariously, and worryingly, resonant.
In their early 40s, Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) feel like everyone is judging them for not having children. And Josh has the additional pressure that his filmmaking career has stalled: he has nothing to show for eight years spent on his latest documentary. Then they meet 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker Jamie (Adam Driver) and his wife Darby (Amanda Seyfried), who inspire them to recapture their youthful interests in art and culture. Even their sex life begins to perk up. And Jamie encourages Josh to make progress on his movie, just as Jamie gets his own project underway, consulting with Cornelia's well-established filmmaker dad (Charles Grodin). But is this trans-generational friendship appropriate?
The fact that they even wonder that gives away Baumbach's own perspective, especially as he fills the film with witty contrasts that work a little too hard to make the point. For example, Josh collects CDs and DVDs while Jamie collects LPs and VHS tapes. Continual touches like this add lots of clever observational humour, although they also make everything feel a bit cartoonish and over-constructed. Plus of course the nagging sense that there's a right and wrong way these kinds of things should play out. Thankfully the dialogue is fiendishly smart, delivered to perfection by the gifted cast. And it helps that each of the actors are willing to be fairly unlikeable in his or her role, although Stiller is sometimes sent over the top with Josh's inexplicably harsh reactions to everyone around him.
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Date of birth
28th September, 1968
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