We retrace the career of the Australian actress, from the cult horror “The Ring” to films with great authors and co-stars
November 2, 2022 at 10:35 am
British from Kent County, naturalized Australian, born in 1968, she has two Academy Award nominations to her credit (in 2004 for “21 grams” and in 2013 for “The Impossible”) and almost a hundred jobs as an actress including feature films, series TV, music videos, TV movies and dubbing. In “The Watcher” Naomi Watts collaborates for the second time with Netflix, after the drama “The Gypsy”.
In the thriller miniseries based on a true story, Watts plays Nora Braddock, who has just moved in with her husband (Bobby Cannavale) to their dream home in an uptown New Jersey neighborhood, which soon turns into a creepy mess when the couple starts coming haunted by the mysterious “watcher” of the title. The series is only the latest of the actress’ thrilling (in every sense) foray: below, a selection of some of her best performances, from 2002 to today.
Movies and TV series with naomi Watts
- “The ring” – Paramount+ and Netflix
- “King Kong” – RaiPlay and Netflix
- “The Painted Veil” – Now and Prime Video
- “Eastern Promises” – Now
- “Dream house” – Netflix
- “Penguin Bloom” – Now
- “Goodnight mommy” – Prime Video
American remake of the homonymous Japanese horror directed by Hideo Nakata (while here behind the camera is Gore Verbinsky), throws Naomi Watts into the Hollywood Olympus of the most requested names, a few months after her dazzling performance in David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive”. The actress confronts Samara, a cruel spirit with a tragic past who after seven days kills those who view one cursed videotape: Journalist Rachel (Watts) launches an investigation to find out the origin of the bill and save her life.
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Another remakedirected by Peter Jackson immediately after the trilogy of “The Lord of the Rings” and a role handed down in the History of Cinema through two mythical faces: that of Fay Wray (in the original “King Kong”, dated 1933) and that of Jessica Lange (in the 1976 film) . Like them, Naomi Watts it is Beauty who makes the Beast fall in love: an actress of vaudeville who agrees to participate in a film to be turned on a mysterious islandinhabited by the monstrous ape of the title.
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The painted veil
Again a costume part for Watts, in an old-time melodrama directed by John Curran, where Ours is paired with Edward Nortonagainst the background of Shanghai 1920s: at first theirs is a marriage of conveniencewithout a real connection, which leads the Kitty played by the actress to fall in love with the unreliable English vice consul Charlie (Liev Schreiber). The marital feeling will emerge only later, when the two find themselves in a remote and dangerous area of China where a cholera epidemic.
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The great authors with whom the actress has worked are countless: in addition to Lynch, Jackson, Alejandro González Iñárritu (“21 grams”) and Michael Haneke (“Funny Games”), among others, is unforgettable in this tense, violent and melancholic drama directed by David Cronenberg. Watts plays a London midwife of Russian origin who, while on the trail of the family of a fourteen-year-old girl who died in childbirth, in order to be able to entrust the orphaned baby to someone who has a connection with her, cross the road and destiny by Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), laconic chauffeur of the criminal Kirill (Vincent Cassel).
This has had a turbulent path supernatural thriller Of Jim Sheridanwho has even come to disregard the film due to heavy changes made by the production company: however, the story of a married couple remains fascinating (Daniel Craig and Rachel Weiszwho fell in love on the set) who moves into a New England house and discovers a disturbing truth on former roommates, complete with poignant final surprise. Naomi Watts is their neighborwho seems to know a lot more than she’s willing to reveal.
From a true story, and from autobiographical novel “The little bird that saved our family”the movie of Glendyn Ivin follows the story of Samantha “Sam” Bloom (Watts), lover of the ocean, excellent surferhappily married with three children, who suffers an accident one day during a holiday in Thailand and she is paralyzed from the waist down. Upon returning to Australia with her family, the woman falls into depression, but thanks to find (and subsequent care) of a wounded magpie chick will be able to heal slowly from pain and stasis.
Let’s close the circle with another one remakeof another horror (directed in 2014 by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala). In the film of Matt Sobeltwo little brothers arrive in mother’s country house (Watts), which it is though unrecognizable: his face is covered in bandages, due to a recent rather invasive surgery. Slowly, while the woman’s behavior becomes increasingly suspicious and incongruoushis children are convinced that he is hiding under that mask an intruder.
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