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Jan 20, 2013

[Interview] Naomi Naomi Watts talks Two Mothers and Oscars with TotalFilm

The actress on sex, awards and accents
Jan 20th 2013 By Matthew Leyland, TotalFilm

In Two Mothers, Watts stars alongside Robin Wright as two lifelong friends who fall for each other’s sons (Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville).

“It’s just so different; it’s unique,” said Watts of the premise, adapted by director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) from Doris Lessing’s novel.

She also talked to TF about sex scenes, accents and her Best Actress Oscar nomination for real-life disaster drama The Impossible.

Two Mothers tackles something that’s still pretty relatively rare in modern cinema: older women involved with younger men.

“That’s just one side of the taboo; the other side is that the characters have all grown up together. It’s just so different. It’s unique.”(...more after jump)

What was your first reaction to the script?

“I felt a nanosecond of judgement [of the character], then quickly switched to a place of forgiveness.

“It’s rare when you shift like that, when you’re sure that something is wrong but then you go, actually I’m OK with this; not only am I OK with it, I forgive it, I understand it.”

Did you find the sex scenes difficult?

“A little bit. With sex scenes there’s always a little bit of anticipation when you have to play that intimate with someone.

“I was worried because James [Frecheville] was 19 I think at the time and still a bit awkward in his body; when we did the dance scene it felt like he was going to crush me! But then when it got down to it he seemed to know what he was doing…”

How was being back in Australia again?

“Really great. It’s been such a long time. I’ve very connected that country. The most liberating thing was being able to speak in my own accent. I’ve spent a lot of time away from Australia so I had to do a few things to pull it back in.

“And of course because I’m also British, I don’t sound like every Australian! I worked on it a bit but it was so easy. Working with American dialects is much harder for me.”

You’re in the running for Best Actress at this year’s Oscars. How does it compare to getting your first nod, for 21 Grams?

“It’s great; it makes you feel like the first time wasn’t a fluke! My mum’ll come to the ceremony with me and it’ll be very nice… and nerve-wracking, I’m sure.

“But I couldn’t be happier. And I’m very pleased for [the real-life] Maria too, to be able to tell her story.”


johnQ said...

She likes to go to strange places in movies, and takes brave roles. A fantastic actress who is so under-rated in the U.S.

Richard said...

I agree with you John, if we werre to say "she is under-rated", I think we would have to remark that as "in the U.S.".

Anonymous said...

Yes, the yankees love action movies and romantic comedies. They don't know arts.

Anonymous said...

How is she "underrated" in the U.S?? She is a respected actress with two Oscar nominations. She also gets tons of attention from paps; they take pictures of her every single day.

Richard said...

Anonymous, she is underrated in the U.S. by the so-called critics, gurus, buzzers, the bottom-feeding awards notoriously the bunch at GG who had ignored her for over 10 only until last year. Compare that to their over-rated like Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman...Also check out the popular so-called Oscar-watcher & prediction websites & forums like the AD, GD, FE...etc. and see who & how they rate year after year...