Naomi Watts covers Allure to promote ‘Diana’: gorgeous or much too damp?


I do feel sorry for Naomi Watts. She covers the new issue of Allure, and it’s a lovely shoot for a lovely woman. Except that she’s promoting the sh-tfest that is Diana, the film that has already been laughed out of theaters because it was completely and totally awful. Those were the worst reviews of Naomi’s career. And still, she has to eat it. She still has to promote it. You can see Naomi’s Allure slideshow here, and here are some highlights from the interview:

How Naomi got together with Liev Schreiber: “It was a lot more ballsy than I would ever normally be,” says Watts, who had met Schreiber years before they saw each other at the Met Costume Institute Gala in 2005. “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.’”

On Schreiber’s claim that she made the director of The Painted Veil hire him: “I didn’t get him the role. 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.”

On Diana: “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.’”

Diana’s eyes: The key to playing Princess Diana was all in the eyes, says Watts, here reviewing images with Cavaco and photographer Carter Smith. “There was a ferocity and then a real fragility to her. You’re just drawn in by those eyes.” Watts perfected the princess’s smile and voice (“I’ve never worked so hard on a dialect,” says the actress, who trained with a coach), but at a certain point, she let instinct and feeling take over. “It was an interpretation. I had to make it my own,” says Watts.

Her next role: In the comedy St. Vincent De Van Nuys, “I play a woman who’s pregnant and pole dancing. I went to a strip club and saw these girls dancing. It’s very lazy, not like Scores or Las Vegas. It’s very low-rent.” If the challenge of Diana was nailing the accent, for this movie it’s been perfecting her gyrations. “I’m going to my pole-dancing class” after the shoot, says Watts. “From princess to pole.”

Naomi at the age of 45: “Women in their 40s have gone through quite a few different things, and so the roles are going to reflect that,” she explains. “People say, ‘Oh, it’s done by 40,’ and now everyone knows it’s not. I actually feel like the roles are a lot more interesting.”

[From Allure]

Don’t you just feel sorry for her? Poor Naomi. You are above the crapfest that was Diana. Just cut your losses and go home. Still, I admire the fact that she’s still trying to talk it up, I guess. It seems to me that Naomi was so focused on trying to get Diana’s mannerisms and voice right that she didn’t even pay attention to how awful the script was, maybe? And I did chuckle when she talked about “lazy” strippers at a low-rent grind joint.



Photos courtesy of Allure.

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  1. Dorothy#1 says:

    I love Leiv so much! I don’t blame her for being bold, I would too!!!

    She is awesome, lots of actresses have at least one film they are proud of. :)

    • Dorothy#1 says:

      I meant not proud of! lol

    • Becky1 says:

      I like her, too. She’s a very good actress and pretty in a natural, low maintenance kind of way.

      Liev is hot. Not conventionally handsome but very attractive in a masculine, sexy way. He’s a good actor and a smart, complicated guy. I read a profile of him in Rolling Stone about a month or two ago that was definitely more interesting than the usual celebrity interview. I really like them as a couple and hope all of the rumors of his infidelity are false.

  2. eliza says:

    I like her a lot but that Diana movie is just ridiculous looking.

  3. miriam says:

    Diana is definitely the worst film I have seen this year. Just wall to wall awfulness.

  4. paola says:

    What i love the most about Naomi is her husband. he’s hot as hell!

  5. blue marie says:

    She is lovely, I’ll pretend like this movie didn’t happen.

  6. Cel says:

    Saw the trailer – that was enough for me!

    On a side note, I think its tragic there is a magazine solely devoted to beauty.

  7. Rachel says:

    I love her so much! I don’t care if she was in an awful movie.

  8. Andrea says:

    I know this movie is crap but I love this woman. Real talent. Aging gracefully. Kind. I just like her.

  9. Emily C. says:

    Bad movie, but people have weathered worse. It’s not like it was Twilight or something. She’ll be fine.

  10. Mandy says:

    I feel bad for her, too. She really is a great actress. This was just a bad decision all around. It’s okay, Naomi! We all make mistakes sometimes. We forgive you. :)

  11. LadySlippers says:

    Bad movies happen to good people.

    Still love her though.

  12. Faithmobile says:

    Ha! That’s how I met my husband. I was forward and asked for his number but he tracked me down and called me first. It was the first and last time I asked a guy for his number, he’s lucky I didn’t meet Lev first!

    I agree that Naomi will weather this crapfest she is too talented not to.