The day before the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival première of The Bleeder, in which Naomi Watts plays third wife to boxer Chuck Wepner (portrayed by her real-life ex Liev Schreiber), she presented at the L'Oréal Paris launch of the Canadian Women of Worth. The give-back initiative celebrates and supports Canadian women volunteers making a difference in their communities. Though a majority of Watt's philanthropic efforts are as a goodwill ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, she feels strongly linked to this charity that gives women a platform to promote and strengthen their causes. "The Women of Worth program is founded on celebrating women for who we are at our very core: passionate, caring, generous and wise," says Watts. After the event, she chatted with us about her love of fashion, the roles she chooses and her beauty routine.
Your film roles are always very versatile. What draws you to a movie?
So many things. If it's a director I admire, I'm going to read the script immediately. That said, the role has to mean something to me; hopefully, it will help me grow as a personal and as an artist and, of course, I'll have a good time doing it.
Your character in The Bleeder, Linda Wepner, has an extreme beauty look; in fact, so does Daka in 2014's St. Vincent. What is it about these characters that attracted you to them?
It's fun; I like to dress up! I like to morph into these roles and transform. I've heard people compare Daka and Linda; their motivation is different, but they're bold, extreme people who are very intent on expressing themselves in a larger-than-life way. However in terms of my style in my regular life, I'm very much a jeans-and-T-shirt girl.
Fashion is such a huge part of your job. Do you enjoy it?
I love fashion. It's another way to express yourself, and you can fun with it. But the red carpet can be tricky; there are some vicious people out there, and they're ready to judge. I hope to get it right, but I also want to be me; sometimes, that means doing something a little edgier than expected.
When you're not working, what's your beauty routine?
I wish I had roll-out-of-bed great hair, but I don't, so I end up putting it in a ponytail a lot. Taking care of my skin is key for me: exfoliating [with glycolic-acid pads], using serum and, with my light skin, wearing SPF every day. I'm a big believer in framing the eyes, so I tint my eyebrows—that's one of my little beauty secrets.
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