Blonde haired and beautiful, Naomi Watts is, at first glance, just another pretty actress. She is well mannered, sophisticated and is considered one of the more respected Hollywood actresses in the industry. However, upon viewing some of the films that Watts has starred in, a different woman appears that is far more complex than could be imagined.
Despite her ability to play a pretty girlfriend or a love interest, Watts has defied conventional stereotypes to play intelligent, frightening and bizarre characters. In Mulholland Drive (2001), Watts played a struggling young actress overwhelmed with bitterness over her lover’s rejection of her. The rejection causes her to behave erratically and imagine things that are not quite real.
In Funny Games (2007), Watts is a quite normal character. However, when a pair of sadistic young men break into her house to play deathly mind games with her, she is transformed from a pretty housewife to a desperate, three-dimensional character.
Watts has climbed the ladder to stardom and is now considered a quite respectable mainstream star. However, she did not start out that way. Her film history is littered with independent films that have helped her build up the reputation that she needed to succeed.
As an actress, Watts provides a great example of how important it is for actors to choose their roles wisely. Not all independent films are good, and an actor or actresses must protect their new reputation by choosing the best roles possible for themselves. If an audience leaves a film feeling good about themselves and their experience, then they will associate the actor with good things as well.
Same thing goes for screenwriters. If a screenwriter cannot write characters that are interesting and three dimensional, then he or she will handicap the script from attracting great up and coming actors/actresses. Nobody wants to ruin their reputation on a terrible script. To ensure the success of a film, a writer must make sure that they create characters that actors would kill to play.
- (2011) J. Edgar Script ($)
- (2011) Dream House
- (2010) Fair Game Script
- (2010) You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
- (2009) Mother and Child Script
- (2009) The International
- (2007) Funny Games [Transcript]
- (2007) Eastern Promises Script
- (2006) The Painted Veil [Transcript]
- (2005) King Kong Script
- (2005) Stay Script
- (2005) The Ring Two [Transcript]
- (2005) Ellie Parker
- (2004) I Heart Huckabees [Transcript]
- (2004) The Assassination of Richard Nixon
- (2004) We Don’t Live Here Anymore
- (2003) 21 Grams [Transcript]
- (2003) Le divorce [Transcript]
- (2003) Ned Kelly [Transcript]
- (2002) Undertaking Betty
- (2002) The Ring [Transcript]
- (2002) Rabbits
- (2001) Mulholland Drive Script
- (2001) Down
- (1999) Strange Planet
- (1998) Dangerous Beauty
- (1997) Under the Lighthouse Dancing
- (1996) Persons Unknown
- (1995) Tank Girl [Transcript]
- (1993) The Custodian
- (1993) Gross Misconduct
- (1993) Wide Sargasso Sea
- (1993) Matinee
- (1991) Flirting [Transcript]
- (1986) For Love Alone