Naomi Watts Covers Hamptons September 2013
While donning designer duds from Jason Wu and Casadei for the fashionable Brian Bown Smith spot-spread, the “King Kong” beauty opened up about her time as the Princess of Wales and her involvement with the UNAIDS organization.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Watts’ interview below. For more, be sure to visit Hampton!
On portraying Diana:
“So many people are going to pounce on me for not looking enough like her, not being tall enough, not being properly British—and I am actually properly British; I’m also Australian— but all of those negative comments were sort of floating around in the back of my head and really stifling me about whether or not I should do this…And obviously the sensitivity of it, is it the right thing to do, how would the boys [Princes William and Harry] feel about it. But they’re not boys; they’re men. They are aware that stories will be told about history and them included. Maybe it was a little bit earlier than people expected, but at some point the story had to be told. And I just loved the challenge of it.”
On Diana’s life:
“I can’t really think of many people who can survive that level of fame. It’s horrible to imagine that life. But she kept trying to get better—that’s why I fell in love with her. She was doing so much work to survive that, and fighting to be happy. Already she was going to have a tough time because of being separated from her mother for such a long time, then getting thrust into the royal lifestyle at 19, and being pushed out of it with the breakdown of her marriage. I think she felt very lonely and isolated, but she was working with healers. Some people are cynical about that, but I just love that she was trying to get better and she was trying to move beyond those difficult times.”
“I had done some other volunteer work with children with AIDS in Australia. A friend of mine lost his wife and child, so we organized a benefit for him. UNAIDS wrote to me and asked me to get involved. I said yes right away. But ever since I’ve had kids myself, it’s been a lot more difficult.”
Photo Credit: Brian Bowen Smith for Hamptons