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Naomi Watts Biography
Naomi Watts was born in Shoreham, England on September 28, 1968 to Peter and Miv Watts. Peter Watts, the sound engineer to Pink Floyd, died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England until they settled in Australia when she was fourteen. She coaxed her mother into letting her take acting class when they arrived. After bit parts in commercials, she landed her first role in For Love Alone. Naomi met her best friend, Nicole Kidman, when they both auditioned for a bikini commercial and they shared a taxi ride home. In 1991, Naomi starred along Kidman in the sleeper-hit Flirting directed by John Duigan. Naomi continued her career by starring in the Australian Brides of Christ co-starring Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Brenda Fricker. In 1993, she worked with John Duigan again in Wide Sargasso Sea and director George Miller in Gross Misconduct. Tank Girl, in 1995, an adaptation of the comic book was a cult hit, starred Naomi as "Jet Girl", but it didn't fare well at the box-office and didn't do much for her career as a whole. Watts continued to take insignificant parts in movies including the much forgotten film Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering. It wasn't until David Lynch cast her in the critically acclaimed film Mulholland Dr. that she began to become noticed. Her part as an aspiring actress showed her strong acting ability and wide range and earned her much respect, as much as to say by some that she was overlooked for a Oscar nomination that year. Stardom finally came to Naomi in the surprise hit The Ring, which grossed over $100,000,000 at the box-office and starred Watts as a investigative reporter hunting down the truth behind several mysterious deaths seemingly caused by a video tape. While the movie did not fare well with the critics, it launched her into the spotlight. In 2003, she starred in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams which earned her - what some say is a much overdue Oscar nomination and brought others to call her one of the best in her generation of actors. The same year, she was nominated for 21 Grams, Naomi was chosen to play "Ann Darrow" in director Peter Jackson's King Kong which took her to New Zealand for a five month shoot. Watts completed her first comedy in I Heart Huckabees for director David O. Russell, playing a superficial spokes model - a break from her usual intense and dramatic roles she is known for. In 2005, she reprized her role as the protective-mother-reporter "Rachel Keller" in The Ring Two. The movie, released in March, opened to $35,000,000 at the box office in the first weekend and established her as a box-office draw. Also in 2005, it was decided that her independent movie Ellie Parker would be re-released in late 2005 after its success at resurfacing at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie, which Naomi also produced, features her in the title role and is a bit biographical, but yet exaggerated take of the life of a struggling actress as she comes to Hollywood and encounters nightmares of the profession (it also features Watts' own beat-up Honda which she travels around in). In 2006, she starred with Edward Norton in The Painted Veil. In July of 2007, Naomi gave birth to a boy, Alexander Pete in Los Angeles with Liev Schreiber.



Salary
King Kong (2005): $5,000,000
Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996): $5,000

Trivia
Daughter of Peter Watts, sound engineer for Pink Floyd until 1974.
Moved to Australia when she was 14.
She once appeared in an Australian television commercial turning down a date with Tom Cruise for her mum's lamb roast.
Her brother, Ben Watts, is a well-known photographer. He's been living in the US since 1994.
Voted the 14th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine September 2002.
Her father died when she was seven.
She met Heath Ledger on the set of the new historical epic movie Ned Kelly (2003), and the pair dated until May 2004. He accompanied her to the 2004 Oscar Ceremony.
Her favorite actresses are Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore. For music, her favorite artists/bands are Fiona Apple, Coldplay, Björk, Radiohead, Cat Stevens and Pink Floyd.
Favorite comfort food is baked beans.
Favorite sports to watch are soccer, boxing, and tennis.
Spent some of her early childhood in Anglesey, Wales, where her mother is from.
Ranked #76 on Forbes 2005 Power in Entertainment List.
Parents: Peter Watts and Myfanwy (Miv) Watts.
Her parents divorced when she was four.
Was accompanied by her boyfriend Liev Schreiber to the King Kong (2005) US-premiere. It was their first public appearance together.
When she was 18, she tried her hand at modeling and was hired by an agency in Japan.
When shooting a movie, uses a specific song to get herself ready for each scene.
Named #99 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Named #2 in the French edition of FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006".
Was voted 3rd in Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year in December 2005.
Is good friends with actor Mark Ruffalo and his wife Sunrise Coigney.
Naomi and Liev Schreiber became the parents of a boy, Alexander Pete Schreiber, on July 25, 2007 in Los Angeles. Alexander weighed in at 8 lbs. 4 oz., and is 22-1/2 inches (Alexander is named for his grandfather and Peter is named for her father, Peter Watts).
Engaged to actor Liev Schreiber. [2007]
Turned down the role of "Susan Storm" (Invisible Girl) in Fantastic Four (2005). Jessica Alba later got the part.
Enjoys martial arts and trained Judo for a long time. She participated in amateur Judo championships through the early 90s, from 1989 to 1992. Nowadays, she trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Her favorite "scary movie" is Don't Look Now (1973) (1973).
Considers herself to be both British and Australian.
Is 19 months younger than her brother, Ben.
Did not return to work until three months after giving birth to her son Samuel in order to begin filming Fair Game (2010).
Was cast in a King Lear adaptation as Goneril alongside Keira Knightley (as Cordelia), Gwyneth Paltrow (as Regan) and Anthony Hopkins (as King Lear). The movie was shelved.
Godmother of Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg's son Claude.
Did not return to work until two months after giving birth to her son Alexander in order to begin filming The International (2009/I).
Shot her leading role in Mother and Child (2009) in only 8 days.
Source provided by imdb (Copyright) - The Internet Movie Database.

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