Watts was born in Shoreham, England, on September 28, 1968. After the unfortunate
death of her father, Naomi and her family moved to Australia four years later,
when she was 14 years old.
The aspiring actress enrolled
in acting school and began attending numerous auditions, where she met future
best friend and major influence Nicole Kidman. With a lot diligence, Watts received
a small role in For Love Alone in 1986. It may not have been a significant part,
but it was a big step forward as Watts tried to follow in her mother's footsteps,
an accomplished actress who also served as inspiration for Watts.
big time, down under
At 18, Naomi decided to try her hand
at modeling and was hired by an agency in Japan. After a year of struggles, she
realized this sort of exposure was not what for her and returned home. Now working
in the fashion industry -- behind the camera -- Watts was hired as an editor at
Follow Me, a fashion magazine. The acting bug was too strong, however, and Watts
landed roles in 1991's Flirting, with Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton, and in
an Australian miniseries alongside Russell Crowe.
ultimate desire of being a star in Hollywood, Watts took a leap of faith and moved
to Los Angeles. Bit roles in 1993's Matinee and 1995's Tank Girl gave her experience
but not quite the boost she needed to become a recognizable face or name. Even
after a few consecutive TV productions with CBS and parts in 1996's Children of
the Corn IV, 1998's Dangerous Beauty and 1999's Strange Planet, a breakthrough
performance had not yet been achieved.
the road to fame
after a callback from Twin Peaks director David Lynch did Naomi finally see true
success. Her strange double character in 2001's Mulholland Drive (which was originally
intended to be a TV pilot, before becoming a feature film) was her first starring
role in a popular movie (albeit not so mainstream) and, according to critics,
complemented the rest of the movie beautifully. Acclaim went through the roof
and with attention being turned toward the film with a Best Director Oscar nomination
for director David Lynch, Watts began receiving long-deserved attention.
the ring of success
Naomi Watts' career post-Mulholland
Drive has skyrocketed, with starring roles in the film short Ellie Parker and
the blockbuster thriller The Ring, which hit the No. 1 spot at the box-office
in its opening weekend and has already made more than $80 million in four weeks
of release. She can soon add The Kelly Gang, 21 Grams (with Benicio Del Toro and
Sean Penn) and Le Divorce (with Kate Hudson) to her resume.
The Kelly Gang and fellow Aussie Heath Ledger by her side, it's clear that Naomi
Watts has a bright Hollywood future ahead of her.