You don’t really hear much from Naomi Watts these days, do you? Ever since that awful Princess Diana movie tanked (seriously, it was awful – I did sit through it), she’s kept somewhat of a low profile. She’s just been doing normal people things, like raising her kids and chilling with longtime partner Liev Schreiber. She’s turning 46 this week and is sorta past the age of child bearing (not if you ask Halle Berry!), but she does wish she’d have popped a few more out while she could have. Instead, she’ll just have to raise her two young sons, 7-year-old Sasha and 5-year-old Kai.
“I should have had more kids, started younger,” the actress says in the magazine’s October issue, on newsstands Tuesday.
But Watts, who turns 46 this week, has two boys to keep her busy (with the help of partner Liev Schreiber).
“Liev has a lot more courage than me,” she says of their complementary parenting styles. “He’s always saying, ‘Let the kids do it. Take the training wheels off!’ My bit of fear balances him, and he balances my fear.”
“I’ve skydived. I went swimming with sharks that weren’t in cages. I went on safari, where you’re sitting with lions just five feet from you. And I was photographed [by Condé Nast Traveler] for King Kong standing on a gargoyle near the top of the Chrysler Building in New York City. I had a harness and a rope, but if you fall, you’re hanging [61 floors up]!” she says. “But now that I have kids, I don’t want to do so many daredevily things anymore.”
Say what you want about her mediocre acting, but I still like Naomi. She’s low key, down-to-earth and just seems like a really nice person. She and Liev used to come into a shop I worked in back in my early 20s and she was always super chatty, super nice and completely normal. You remember experiences like that, especially since so many Hollywood types are the exact opposite.