Naomi Watts decided to become an actress after seeing Fame as an 11 year old, but it would take years for her to become an overnight success. When her family moved to Sydney in 1982, Watts started taking drama classes and going to auditions, at one of which she friended fellow aspiring thespian Nicole Kidman. After a depressing stint modeling in Japan in 1986, Watts changed course, pursuing instead advertising and fashion magazine editing until attending a 1989 weekend workshop reignited her acting. Weeks later, she booked Flirting opposite Kidman and the Aussie TV series Home and Away. Moving to LA in 1993 was like starting from scratch. She scored only bit parts in a wide range of projects from Matinee and Tank Girl to the true crime TV movie The Hunt For The Unicorn Killer until her 2001 performance in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive made everyone take notice. In 2002, the 50 Most Beautiful List regular blew away the box office with The Ring and Heath Ledger, whom she would date for a little more than a year, on the set of Ned Kelly. She received her first Oscar nomination for 2004’s 21 Grams and her second for 2012’s The Impossible. Other resume fillers of note include I Heart Huckabees, Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake, J. Edgar, Fair Game (as Valerie Plame), Eastern Promises, modeling for jeweler David Yurman and Ann Taylor, appearing in the sexy Pirelli calendar and scoring the coveted part of Princess Diana in an upcoming biopic. She has two sons Alexander (2007) and Samuel (2008) with Liev Schreiber, whom she started dating in 2005.
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