Naomi Watts on Game Of Thrones prequel: Fans won’t be let down


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It’s so much the era of women supporting women and it’s heartening, it really is. Q. Are you worried about living up to the fan hype of Game of Thrones and how are you feeling about the role? And we’ve always had great stories. So it was an impressive act, how she managed to survive against all odds. Directed by Claire McCarthy, written by Semi Chellas and adapted from Lisa Klein’s book, it’s a female-driven project — which was part of the appeal for Watts. The Oscar-nominated actress talked about the pressure of following the juggernaut series, playing a TV anchor in “The Loudest Voice” and how women are uniting more in Hollywood in the #MeToo era. So it’s scary but hopefully those fans come along and get to find something new and interesting in this world as well. And we’ve stuck to it. More Explained

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She was someone that worked really hard and was highly, highly educated. Goose bumps all over! You also frequently post about your girlfriends — some of them famous. If it’s acrimonious, they pick up on it, you know. You recently posted a sweet tribute to your former partner, Liev Schreiber, on Father’s Day that many found inspirational. And so that was always our pledge to one another and the kids, obviously, that we had to always keep assembling a semblance of family for them. … I’ve seen a really, really dramatic visible change in this time and I’m so glad to have witnessed it. “We’ve put to bed that theory that, you know, you age out after 40,” she said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. And we find, I think with Shakespeare’s works, often the women are a little bit one-dimensional, they’re either like that or the opposite, overly sort of emotional or powerful and crazy. Advertising

On Sunday, Watts will be seen in the Showtime limited series The Loudest Voice, where she stars as Gretchen Carlson in the dramatization of the sexual harassment scandal around the late head of Fox News, Roger Ailes. I mean there’s no question that they will do better if there is synchronicity. And now finally having come out of the #MeToo movement and followed by the #TimesUp movement our voices are being heard and space is being created and it’s good news. Women together collectively can make powerful things happen and tell great stories. How did you tap into playing the role of Gretchen Carlson to become a TV personality? This has been changed to the point of view of Ophelia’s and in the play that we know, she was significantly different: quite young and pure. We’ve done pretty well. She’s made an impact on history. I mean she’s still young pure and chaste and tragic, and then a little bit mad. “It’s a great time for women of my age. It is intimidating…. having just come off the last series where the world was blowing up over it, everything was “Game of Thrones”-related, all the advertising on TV, every article, everybody’s jumping on that bandwagon. In Ophelia you play Hamlet’s mother, but the prince isn’t the protagonist of this story. What do those friendships mean to you? … We haven’t created the space for that, for those stories to live. Q. 0
Comment(s) I think they won’t be let down. Is it important to maintain a strong relationship? Always the children first. So that’s again a very heartening thing that we’re witnessing in this lifetime.”

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And Watts still has more coming up, including her role in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel to air on HBO. It’s a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with a different perspective. And obviously as an actor again, looking for complicated women, how did she manage that and succeed and transform and turn it into something that, I mean, let’s look back 10 years from now. And we want to collaborate with each other…. And so, it was nice to see a reimagining, that you can take a story like that and just turn it on its head. Watts also stars in the film Ophelia, which will be in theaters June 28 and on video on demand and digital on July 2. She was not just a pretty face. … I’m excited and I’m sorry I can’t say anything. It makes you feel good, particularly for the younger generation.