Naomi Watts headed north to Canada to talk up her film “The Impossible” at the Toronto International Film Festival. She kicked things off Saturday at the Variety Studio inside Holt Renfrew to do an interview about the project, and yesterday, was on the red carpet with her leading man Ewan McGregor and young actor Tom Holland.
Her striking looks are already enough to steal the limelight when it comes to making red carpet appearances.
But Naomi Watts opted to draw in a different kind of attention today as she attended the Toronto International Film Festival.
The 43-year-old actress arrived at the event wearing a lilac fishtail gown with leaf-shape detail around the waist which helped emphasise her curvy frame.
However, above her belt was the area of focus due to her extremely low-cut bust area.
Watts left her chest on display as she posed with co-stars Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland.
She wore pear drop-style earrings and minimal make-up as she kept her blonde tresses slicked back into a razor-cut trimmed ponytail, allowing all eyes to flock to her outfit.
The group was there to watch a screening of The Impossible, due for release on October 11.
Naomi had previously attended the Venice Film Festival with her partner Liev Schreiber for the same tsunami film which is an account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.
Ironically this event took place at the Princess of Wales Theatre, a venue named after Princess Diana – who Naomi stars as in a movie she is currently filming.
Her latest gown isn’t one you would have caught the late princess in.
In Oliver Hirschbiegel’s biopic Diana, she wears actual gowns the late Princess of Wales once wore.
‘I wear a Versace dress that she wore,’ she told Vanity Fair Daily at her brother’s recent Mix Tape exhibition at Milk Studios in New York.
‘The costumes are amazing, and very reflective of what’s going on right now, with the whole Nineties thing.’
Naomi continued: ‘It’s also more complicated and sensitive when you take into account her two boys – William and Harry, but I want to do her justice and help tell her story truthfully.’
When the time came to talk to the cast and crew Ewan McGregor was first to share, “I was struck by how brutally true and honest the writing was,” “Then I found it was a true story and that some of those lines of dialogue were what the family remembered saying.”
McGregor and his co-stars were at TIFF on Sunday night not only to celebrate the film’s debut – but also to honour all of the victims who suffered from the disaster. (The family was also at the premiere, though not doing press.)
“There is a lot suffering in the story, so we had a great deal of responsibility,” said director J.A. Bayona, who also directed The Orphanage. “I mean, the emotions that we were dealing with were real emotions.”
Some have criticized the film for focusing on one family’s survival instead of the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed.
To that, Bayona said: “We were very aware from the beginning that while we were going to tell this story of one family, we were also going to tell the story of all the people around them. There is a lot suffering in survival.”
The gravity wasn’t lost on the stars, either.
“It’s a delicate subject but an important one,” Naomi Watts said. “These people continue to be impacted by this day.”
Watts plays the mother of the family. She (SPOILER ALERT!) gets stranded with her eldest son, played by Tom Holland, separated from her husband and other two children.
Holland, 16, also understood the sensitivity of his first major movie.
Watts adds serious physical pain to the psychic wounds, playing a woman whose family is literally torn apart by a tsunami striking the coast of Thailand. It’s an altogether different kind of role for Watts, acted mostly through things that aren’t stated.
As she told us during an interview with the film’s director, Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Orphanage”), if you added up the movie’s dialogue, it might amount to a mere two pages.
“The rest is about physical stuff or groans or calling each other’s names,” Watts says.
“Lots of close-ups too,” Bayona adds. “I could always focus on Naomi’s eyes.”
Watts spent a solid month filming the tsunami scenes in a water tank. How do you act while being swept through a torrent of water? You don’t, Watts says. You simply react.
“They had this thing worked out where the current was coming this way and we were in these sort of giant flowerpots almost,” Watts says. “And we were being thrust on a kind of track. And it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I’m going to choose to do this in this take.’ You were just in it and swallowing water and trying to get above the water and also make it good and go below and up, and so at the end of each time you went down, which was about 80,000 times, you were spitting out water and gasping for air.”
“It was intense work,” adds Watts, 43. “For anyone, but at my age, boy, it was a workout.”
“I met a lot of survivors,” he said. “It was amazing to speak to them.”
Despite the seriousness of the topic, Holland’s red carpet experience wasn’t all doom and gloom. He did get some voracious cheers from the crowd outside the Princess of Wales theatre.
“It was madness,” he said with a grin. “I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before.”
Of course Watt’s was proud.