'Diana was properly isolated.... and paranoid': Naomi Watts opens up about playing the late Princess as she slips into a dramatic
'Diana was properly isolated.... and paranoid': Naomi Watts opens up about playing the late Princess as she slips into a dramatic emerald dress for Vogue
The 44-year-old is set to play Diana Spencer in a biopic about the late Royal's life - and while Watts has previously spoken about the pressure to convincingly portray the tragic princess, she's now at a point where she understands her better, she says.
Watts initially turning down the role, but is now determined to do Diana justice in the film - not least because of her fascination with 'complicated women' like the princess.
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Cover girl: Naomi Watts sizzles on Australian Vogue in a stunning emerald green erin heatherton dress http://www.hervelegerbandage2013.com/erin-heatherton-herve-leger-light-blue-bandage-wrap-dress-p-259.html
And despite the 'huge pressure' and the inevitable 'monumental comparisons', the British / Australian star also says she can relate somewhat to Diana's fruitless struggle to maintain a private life.
Speaking to Australian Vogue, the Academy Award nominated actress said: 'In the case of Diana, of course, there is a huge pressure to look right, to have good hair, to walk and speak like her.
'And I instantly thought "Oh no, I'm going to fail at that because the comparisons are going to be monumental".
Beautiful: The 44-year-old actress is set to play Princess Diana in a biopic of the late Royal's life
'I'm always interested in complicated women, in women who are full of contradictions: strength, vulnerability, success, loneliness and all those things.
'Diana exemplified that in major ways.
'She was a great mother, did a lot of things with AIDS charities and the landmines, and had an extraordinary life, but her life was filled with tragedy and, of course, ended in the most tragic way.'
Happy couple: Naomi and her husband Liev Schreiber attended the Audi Golden Globe Kick Off Party 2013 in Los Angeles on Sunday night
Gritty: Watts stars in The Impossible which is a disaster drama film about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
The mother-of-two continued: 'Most of the time I go completely under the radar but I do understand a little the pressure and how awful it must have been for her.
'She was properly isolated because of the media attention and, as a result, paranoid.
'She didn't know who to trust and that is horrible. Such a lonely idea...a horrible way to live.'
For the interview's photo shoot Watts looks far younger than her years in a stunning emerald green Herve Leger bandage dress http://www.hervelegerbandage2013.com/ with a dramatically ruffled back that revealed her slender torso.
She is also seen in a full length chiffon pleated skirt and top combo seemingly lying on a bed of flowers.
The people's princess: Watts is set to play the late Diana Spencer in a biopic of the tragic Royal's life
Role of a lifetime: The 21 Grams star said she is terrified of the comparisons she will draw and that the pressure to successfully portray the iconic princess is huge
Watts, who resides in New York with her two sons Sacha, five, Samuel, four, and partner Liev Schreiber, also spoke about the demands of her latest film The Impossible.
The Impossible, for which Watts has been nominated for a Golden Globe award, is a disaster drama film about a family caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
She said: 'It was definitely hard work but had it been on green screen, you wouldn't have got the same feeling.
'I mean, we were in that pool, struggling to breathe.
'Of course, nothing to the extent to what the real people went through, but, nonetheless... I'm not even a strong swimmer.'
Watts added: 'The pressure of The Impossible was huge because it is such a sensitive subject and needs to be told with a lot of truth.'
Noteworthy career: The Australian born star has been nominated for countless awards including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress
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