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Actor / EntertainerNaomi Watts here, star of The Book of Henry. AMA!

Jun 15th 2017 by Naomi_Watts • 23 Questions • 909 Points

Hi Reddit!

I’m Naomi Watts and I star alongside Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay and Maddie Ziegler in the upcoming Colin Trevorrow directed thriller “The Book of Henry,” in theaters tomorrow.

Ask me Anything!

Watch the trailer for The Book of Henry:https://youtu.be/Nd60i3ZnLOE?list=PLISrtAJ0wX5nhttMgKazx_xGPix-ev_eL

Proof: https://twitter.com/thebookofhenry/status/874778186709483520 https://www.instagram.com/p/BVXZV7cBOrn/

Thank you so much guys for spending time with me. I had fun with you guys and I really hope you see The Book of Henry this weekend.

Q:

Hi Naomi! I can't believe Tank Girl came out more than 20 years ago! What's your favourite memory of making the movie?

A:

That's shocking to me as well! My favorite memory is that I couldn't believe I got that part. They made me audition 9 Times! I wasn't even sure it was going to happen. And just getting that call saying yes, they are casting you.

Arianne Phillips the costume designer was so creative and inventive. We had such a great time doing all of the costumes together!


Q:

What's it like to have the best cheeks in Hollywood?

A:

I didn't know I had the best cheeks in Hollywood but thank you!


Q:

Whats the best thing a director can do for you on set? :~)

A:

Just be clear. It's the most important thing from a director. It helps to understand their vision. It's really fun when you know what they're really looking for.


Q:

What's your favorite genre of film to act in?

A:

It's no secret that I am familiar to the horror & psychological thriller genres. I love a good drama and a good comedy as well. It is not as easy to find. I am also not the go to girl for a comedy.


Q:

How did you become friends with Nicole Kidman?

A:

We lived in the same area and we had friends in common. The way our flourished was when we worked on a film called "Flirting."


Q:

What's on the shirt you're wearing in your Instagram post from today?

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVXZV7cBOrn/?taken-by=naomiwatts

A:

It is a really old shirt. I think it was from a company called Twenty8Twelve!


Q:

You are one of my favorite actresses, but your career was more of a steady climb than an instant breakthrough. How has that experience impacted you as a person and as an actress?

A:

I think things definitely change. It's definitely been years and years of trying out and being told no, you're not funny, not intense, you're too young or too old. It's been hard dealing with constant rejection but I knew this is what I've always wanted to do and I built a thicker skin in that process. I never take anything for granted. I appreciate everything that's happened. I'm happy enough as an actor for hire and then I got casted in a David Lynch movie.


Q:

What do you look for when deciding what projects to join?

A:

Firstly the director. It's the thing that will pull me in. Then there are many factors - the story is incredibly important, the character. I don't mind playing small parts but there needs to be an arch you can gravitate too and which actors you're playing against. And now being a mom of two boys, I have to consider all the other logistics.


Q:

How did as story as dark as The Book of Henry come to be made? It seems like a ...difficult thing to do, nowadays. :~)

A:

I thought it was a fantastic story about this family. It had a whole lot of heart. But at the same time it was straddling different genres which made it very original.


Q:

Hi Naomi,

The Impossible is one of my favourite films, and you and Ewan were incredible in it. Do you have any favourite tidbits or memories from the shoot you can share?

A:

The discovery of Tom Holland... Spiderman! I knew he would go on to be an incredible thing. Just a wonderful talent. At 14 years old... he had a really special gift and it doesn't surprise me how successful he has been.


Q:

How was it like working with Jacob Tremblay twice?

A:

He is a dreamboat! He is so talented and obviously everyone sees him for all of his cuteness. But he is incredibly focused and motivated at the same time. He is so wonderful to watch up close. I've been blown away both times.


Q:

Hi Naomi. Would you rather fight one horse sized chocolate bunny or one hundred chocolate bunny sized horses?

A:

One hundred chocolate bunny sized horses!


Q:

What is your favorite dessert?

A:

Pavlova! Bill Granger's restaurants have the best ones!


Q:

Naomi, why is it some many great actors (yourself included) come out of Australia?

A:

I don't know the answer to that question. They take their work really seriously and there's great drama schools but it's been really great to see all this great Australian talent and directors.


Q:

Hi Naomi, great fan here, love your character in Birdman and Twin Peaks now. What was your favourite scene of the first two seasons of Twin Peaks?

A:

I'm not allowed to say too much. I haven't seen the whole show yet and I don't know what's played.


Q:

Hello dear Naomi. How did you achieve the discipline required to do some of the most extenuating films in history?

A:

Drama school, the good work ethic that I was trained in in Australia. I take it seriously... but I also know how to have fun. You want these stories to mean something to people. So you put your blood, sweat and tears into it.


Q:

Hi Naomi, I love your work! How was it working with the three kids on the set of The Book of Henry?

A:

The three kids were amazing! They each had such a special talent and thankfully I had the opportunity to work with Jaeden and Jacob before. So it was great creating that family vibe with them especially when we don't have much rehearsal time. They're great kids. Maddie is such an extraordinary actor. We already knew what an incredible dancer she is.


Q:

Since you worked with kids on The Book of Henry were there things you learned from them?

A:

You learn so much from these kids. They are so impressive. Their ability to concentrate and tell the truth from a really raw place. It blows me away how they can stand the hours and deliver over and over again.


Q:

How have the roles you've been offered changed over the years? Do you feel like with each age "group" your opportunities expand/change or do they become limited?

A:

As you grow up and as you get older, you experience more things and the roles usually reflects that. I feel lucky that I'm still getting asked to work with great people and tell great stories. It's fun to be at this age and playing women that have gone through intense experiences.


Q:

Did you have any advice for the young cast of this film?

A:

Keep doing what you're doing cuz you do it really well! And don't grow up too fast!


Q:

do you know if maddies dance scene was in the script before she was casted? or was it added because you just can't miss the opportunity to let her dance?

A:

I'm not sure really about that. I can't remember when Maddie was casted in the process but I know Colin always wanted that character to dance but I don't know when that decision was ultimately made.


Q:

Saw you on the cover of Parade Magazine this week. Did you enjoy that photo shoot?

A:

Yes, it was great! Thank you!


Q:

Hello Naomi, thanks for this AMA. Did you watch Skull Island?

A:

I haven't yet! I am dying to watch it. I am obviously a big fan of Brie! I haven't gotten to see it yet.