Yet, perched on a white sofa in an enormous London hotel room, Watts seems ever so cautious discussing her new Netflix series, Gypsy. On the inside, she was suffocating and felt the need to dig deeper, to shake up her life. Of course, it took a team of women to bring Jean to life, including Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who helmed the first two episodes. On other projects, though, that hasn't always been the case.
Women expect a lot from each other and I love that about my female friendships. Ones that are not afraid to tell the truth. Netflix has been at the forefront of creating many female driven shows. However, while women have been brought centre stage on television, cinema has fallen behind. I have to go where the writers are. One of the places where female-driven dramas should thrive is art-house cinema.
Even there, though, women are being underrepresented. Watts has starred in many smaller-budget films, often balancing larger roles with like of the Oscar-winning Birdman. Mulholland Drive launched Watts into the consciousness of many viewers, the actor having only starred in much smaller roles beforehand including a voice role in Babe: Pig in the City. And sometimes things turn out brilliant, like The Impossible. Gypsy seems like a similar risk for the actor — a project from someone with little experience. But, according to the critics, her picker may have been very off this time.
Preparation for the role was a lengthy process, Watts visiting a therapist on multiple occasions. I grew up always being that person who wanted to fit in, or being fascinated by a larger than life character and wishing I had that. One of the reasons Watts likely uses a different accent comes from moving around the world so much. She was born in the UK, moving around the south-east of England and Wales until age 14, when the family moved to Australia.
During those formative teenage years, Watts met fellow actor Nicole Kidman, who eventually introduced her to the world of Los Angeles where she struggled for some years. With so much moving around, then, where does Watts feel at home? English people are a lot more reserved, so I feel a very good combination of the two. Watts has two children with fellow actor Liev Schreiber, the pair meeting in and separating last year.
Whereas swear words and nudity lead to more adult ratings, when it comes to violence, the rules seem to be more relaxed. Being a mother of two young boys who want to see as much as they can, we rely on these ratings. David Lynch being such a mentor in my life.
And also The Impossible because I got to make such great friends with the whole family. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
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