This past weekend, I had the chance to briefly chat with Naomi Watts at the press roundtable interviews for her new film, THE IMPOSSIBLE in which she plays a mother, based on a real character, surviving through the 2004 Tsunami tragedy and is separated from her husband and children. So I asked Naomi that being a parent herself, did she tap into some of that emotion for the role, the fear or idea of being separated from your children..
NW: “O yes, it’s a fear, I’m not thinking about the Tsunami on a daily basis. I have fears about getting separated from my children just like on the subway. I know that’s something that you laugh at, but I’ve gone through my head, ‘What would I do?!’, because it’s happened on the elevator before, and then you’re like ‘Is your child going to know where to get off’, luckily it’s only ever happened in our building so it’s ok, they know the number, but if it’s a subway and you haven’t had a conversation about it, I’ve actually tried to have a conversation, but it’s just too confusing for them.“
Directed by J. A. BAYONA Written by SERGIO G. SÁNCHEZ Produced by BELÉN ATIENZA, ENRIQUE LÓPEZ LAVIGNE, ÁLVARO Starring NAOMI WATTS, EWAN McGREGOR, TOM HOLLAND Genre: Drama Studio: Summit Entertainment Website: TheImpossible-Movie.com Rating: PG-13 Release date: December 21, 2012 (limited)
Based on the true story of one family’s survival of the 2004 tsunami, THE IMPOSSIBLE stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J.A. Bayona (THE ORPHANAGE). Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her. THE IMPOSSIBLE is the powerful and unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart.