Is Naomi Watts fooling around with Simon Baker while Liev Schreiber works?

From what I know of the Aussie-expat celebrity community in America, they’re all pretty tight. Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman were once best friends, and they’re probably still very friendly. Nicole is really close to Russell Crowe and Russell’s estranged (?) wife Danielle. Simon Baker and his wife are close to Naomi and Nicole, and I get the feeling that everybody gets along with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee. I believe Nicole has even let many of her Aussie friends live in her homes when they needed a place to crash. They all seem to support each other’s work and they all seem to have known each other for decades. So… this story is interesting.

First, Naomi and Liev Schreiber are still together. Sometimes I feel like their relationship is on the knife’s edge of almost being over, but year after year, they keep hanging in there and now it’s been eight years. Can you believe that? So, Liev and Naomi usually live in NYC. That’s their homebase. Except Liev just scored a flashy new gig on Showtime’s latest hit show, Ray Donovan (I haven’t seen it, but CB raves about it). The show films in LA, so Liev, Naomi and their two sons have moved out to LA to support his career. And Naomi feels out of sorts… so she’s turning to an old friend?

Naomi Watts’ close friendship with Simon Baker is causing major tension with her partner of eight years, Liev Schreiber! Schreiber and Watts – who are parents of sons Alexander and Samuel – recently relocated from NYC to LA for 45-year-old Liev’s new acting gig on Ray Donovan, and pals say the transition hasn’t been easy.

“Everything Naomi knows is back in New York,” reveals a friend. Naomi’s lonely state has caused her to seek comfort in good pale and fellow Aussie Simon Baker, 43.

“He lives in LA, so they spend days on end together,” states the mole. “Liev isn’t happy.”

For now, Simon and Naomi claim to be devoted to their significant others, but that doesn’t stop tongues from wagging.

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Simon’s very married and he seems to have a very down-to-earth life. I mean, I never hear about his personal life at all, and so many of these Aussie men seem to mate for life (seriously). Could Simon be fooling around with Naomi? Does that seem reasonable to anyone? Naomi just doesn’t strike me as the kind of woman who would fool around at all. It’s possible she’s reconnecting with her old Aussie friends while in LA, but I’m not buying that Naomi is getting some Baker Bone. Too bad. That man is FINE.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Charlotte says:

    Didn’t Naomi live in LA for work when Liev met her and he relocated from NYC to be with her? I must be remembering that incorrectly.
    Simon Baker has been with his wife forever. He’d lose his hotness for me if he was a cheat.

    • 5thHouse says:

      He wouldn’t lose his hotness to me. When I fantasize, it doesn’t involve riding horses on the beach, I can tell ya that!

    • metallicwow says:

      No she relocated to NYC for him, and she’s made a few comments about how much she loves and misses LA, but he wouldn’t budge. Except that I just saw him interviewed and he said he films his new show there and seemed pretty annoyed about that.

  2. Jess says:

    Well I hope this isn’t true. Simon and Rebecca, his wife, are lovely together and have lasted over 20 years.

    There being similar rumours about Simon and Nicole years ago (after Tom, before Keith), and I know for a fact those two are practically brother and sister. I just don’t think the tabloids can comprehend two celebrities of the opposite sex being close friends.

    • FLORC says:

      Aren’t Simon and Rebecca still in an open marrriage? She gave an interview that she was Bisexual and that she never wanted to give up women for him. In return he gets to sleep with women too. The rules are they go out together at a club. Meet women. The spouse has to be ok with it and then they take them home or a hotel room.
      It only lasts 1 night and no contact afterwards. And if he scores and she strikes out it’s just tough luck. They’ve done 3somes and 4somes. This of course opens even the strongest marriages up to weaknesses or Rebecca already signed off on naomi.

      • j.eyre says:

        If they have an open marriage, I have just found my plans for the evening.

      • UsedToBeLulu says:

        That sounds like a heck of an interview. Link?

      • 5thHouse says:

        Is this what you’re referring to?

        Who’s Christina Cooper?

      • mata says:

        I could be wrong, but I don’t think that was an interview. It reminds me of a CDAN blind item that had Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer as the popular guesses. Again, sorry if I’m remembering wrong.

      • Nell P says:

        It is obvious that the Simon Baker from that article is not THE Simon Baker. ¬.¬

        For starter, according to the article (which was published on June 2006) that Simon person was 42, whereas Simon Baker the actor was 36. (He’s 43 now)

        Moreover, the actor’s wife’s name is Rebecca Riggs and they have 3 children NOT 4. So, not the same Simon Baker. 🙂

      • FLORC says:

        Sorry it took me so long to respond back. I forgot about my comment.
        That is the link! Sort of… Half way down the article begins with her talking about right from the word go. That’s of course not the original link and I was getting frustrated trying to find it. Simon got the Star and google pages were all flush with those links.

        The article may have been bs, but Rigg has said she’s bi before.

  3. Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

    Liev always looks like he is on the verge of punching someone in the face. Simon is smiley-adorable. If all things were equal and no one were married or had kids, I’d say, hop on Simon, Naomi!

    • bns says:

      Agree about Liev always looking pissed. It’s a turn off even though he’s hot.

    • John Wayne Lives says:

      lol he totally does. But i think it’s sexy 🙂 i like gruff, rough, tough manly men that save their soft side for their woman and children and only let their guard down in safe, familiar well known friendly company. That’s why this liberal as liberal girl has been married to her Marine for 15yrs 🙂 As a man he’s the real deal! i think Liev is that kind of man’s man. Momma likey!!

  4. Micki says:

    When a relationship is on the rocks anything can trigger jealousy.

  5. Tig says:

    I love Simon Baker- he’s the cutest thing! I don’t believe he would cheat on his wife. Naomi may be dissatisfied, but if she was going to fool around, think she’d look elsewhere.

  6. Hubbahun says:

    God no, give me Liev over Simon any day – (hey CB, did you see the way Liev grabbed that girl in the pilot of Ray Donovan? HOT!!!)

  7. Mata says:

    Nah, not true. Rebecca (Simon’s wife) and Naomi have been best friends for over 20 years and she’s godmother to one of their kids. Naomi’s family to them. Whenever Watts/Schreiber are in LA, they hang with the Bakers and Simon and Liev surf together. I think this story was made up to exploit the rumors about Naomi and Liev being on the rocks.

    • Kath says:

      Yep – agreed. Not in a million years. They’ve all been friends for 25+ years: Rebecca and Naomi are best buds and Liev and Simon hang out together every chance they get. So.. no.

      • lavender says:

        LOVE these Aussie actors, that’s the kind of friendship I wanted to have!!!

        Decades-long, very supportive of each other….they seem to have been genuine close friends and that doesn’t seem to be something you see that often in Hollywood.

        I read somewhere that Nicole Kidman used to lived in the apartment of then-gf of Hugh Jackman (now wife, Deborah-Lee). Nicole was apparently her rock when Naomi Watts arrived in Hollywood as one of a million struggling actresses. Both Kidman and Watts were best buddies with the wife of Simon Baker (Rebecca Riggs)and Russell Crowe since they were all teenagers and it was Nicole who kept pushing Baker and his wife to move to the US and give Hollywood a try.

  8. Maria says:

    if they knew something they would clearly write that they are cheating. but they only imply it softly.

    so no.

  9. Diana says:

    I love good cheating scandal as much as the next person, but I think this story is reaching a bit. It’s also from Star. They basically post wish-fulfillment, celebrity fan fiction and call it “news”.

  10. Apples says:

    Body language in the Walk of Fame picture to me says absolutely no sexual tension.
    I think this is a tabloid trying to create a story.

    • Tayslin says:

      There was actually more tension between himself and Robin Tunney, he also never kept Naomi once around the waist but did for Robin Tunney.

  11. oivey says:

    HA! There’s no way. Rebecca and Naomi have been super close forever. There is absolutely no way and I would be really surprised if it was true. This reminds me of the time I read a magazine article that implied Simon was cheating on Rebecca with a pretty young thing he was seen kissing on the cheek outside his home. Awkwardly, it was their eldest kid, Stella (whose Godmother is Naomi).

  12. k says:

    The rumour back in the day was that Nicole had an affair with Russell so I don’t think she and Danielle are all that close..

    • Shoe_Lover says:

      Danielle and Russell weren’t together when Nicole and Russell had their fling.

  13. taxi says:

    Just really close friends. Liev is known to play around & I’m surprised that Naomi continues to stay with him. In public, he rarely pays attention to her. Maybe she stays because of the kids. He’s got a great physique, as seen in shirtless scenes in Ray Donovan.

    • metallicwow says:

      Yeah I always thought he’s the one with the rep as a dog. I seriously doubt she’s the cheater in that relationship.

  14. 5thHouse says:

    Wow, I want a link to that interview!!!

  15. Bex says:

    I thought Liev was a cheater or had some other bad behavior. Maybe someone is trying to put the focus on her to take it off him. He seems like he could be a jerk but sometimes that is my type. Love when he speaks Russian.

    Or maybe it is just tabloid garbage. 🙂

  16. Becky1 says:

    I don’t think this is true. It sounds like they are old friends and nothing more.

    However, if the rumors about Liev are true Naomi needs to leave. He’s a good actor and attractive in an unconventional way but if the stories of his philandering are true she deserves much better.

  17. Y says:

    Another Hollywood illusion. Nicole and Naomi continue their long term lesbian relationship. Liev and Keith are merely a heterosexual cover.

  18. Onyx XV says:

    Heck, I sure would! But seriously, I doubt it. They both seem happily married.

  19. lena horne says:

    i like Naomi and live-hoep they stay together-but 10 years seems like the break point of most celebs.

  20. xxx says:

    No, no, no, NO!! These guys have all been friends since they were really young, and still living in Australia. I’d say Naomi is hanging out with Simon and Rebecca. Gossips just can’t stand the thought of male/female friends. To see the kind of relationship they all have with each other, watch the Australian Story episode on John Polson. Naomi was his flatmate and Rebecca was his girlfriend. They all go SO FAR back and they are all besties. There is no affair. Here’s the Australian Story link, it’s a good watch!