Naomi Watts: how she looks so good

Good Health
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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One of Australia's biggest Hollywood stars talks to Good Health about ageing gracefully, life at the top and women who have it all.

Cosmetic surgery

"Never say never – and I certainly don’t judge anyone who does it. But most of the characters I play are going through some kind of emotional turmoil, so my job requires me to have expression. If my face is frozen, what right do I have to play that part?"

"All the women who haven’t done anything to their faces are still able to play great roles. And some of the ones who have done something have messed it up – they look freakish. Anyway, for me it’s about playing women with rich lives – and the longer the life, the deeper the wrinkles."

Exercise regime

"I do Pilates, dance-cardio and yoga to keep in good form. I also play tennis because I love the sport. The competitive side to it makes it much more fun than just doing workouts."

Staying in shape

"If I put myself on diets – which I did a lot in my twenties – I end up breaking them and craving foods that I wouldn’t normally eat. If someone told me I had to cut out carbs I would be very upset. I love bread and pizza. And I have a sweet tooth as well. The hard part was getting back in shape after my first boy was born. I gained 20kg and it was a struggle to get back to my previous shape."

Motherhood and career

"There’s so much going on and [I’m] trying to balance being a mum with a career [Naomi and her partner, actor Liev Schreiber, have two sons, Alexander, 5, and Samuel, 4]. It’s great that I’ve got both things but there are times when it’s a struggle.

"Sleep is often something I’m deprived of. But I feel so rich inside – I feel blessed to be a mother. For me, it’s been a way of fulfilling a long-buried childhood dream. I had always wanted to be a mother but when I was desperately searching for work in LA after I moved there from Australia, any thoughts of family were very distant indeed and it seemed that it might never happen for me."

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