Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, stars of the eerily prescient film, “The International,” about a global financial crisis and corrupt banks, got personal with the Dish Rag at the recent L.A. junket for their monetary thriller.
The Dish Rag asked Clive about working with Naomi. And vice versa.
“I’ve known Naomi a little bit anyway for a number of years and we’ve always wanted to work together,” Clive explained. “She’s just a great actress and a really lovely person.”
But he’s quick to add, “She’s got a pretty wicked sense of humor. It’s fantastic. She’s a really, really smart and lovely girl.”
Naturally, we asked Naomi about having her second baby and acting in this film, especially so soon after the birth.
“It felt impossible because I knew the scope of the film. I knew there was shooting in several countries. But Tom [director Tom Tykwer] went away and said look, ‘Let me see if I can make this easy for you,’ and he condensed all of those days into a five-week shooting schedule. And that’s when I said, ‘OK, maybe I can do this.’ We had spent two months in Lithuania shooting … well, Liev [her partner, Liev Schreiber] was shooting, so we were there on his set and then we all moved to Berlin and shot there. So the family was able to stay together, so that was good.”
Naomi plays a working mother in the film. Could she relate?
“Yeah, and I think that what’s appealing in choosing the role, and also hopefully, people will be able to identify with that because it’s a -– I think it’s a constant struggle, that balancing act,” she said. “I feel like I’m spreading myself thin in both arenas. Usually, I’m so there for my work and there is nothing that will get in the way of it, I’m just 100% there. But now, with my children, I mean if they’re in the room, it’s like nothing else exists”
OK, now tell us about Clive Owen.
“He is so gorgeous and has the best voice ever, in my opinion,” Naomi said, noting that he also has a great and very British sense of humor. “I tapped into that right away and I just teased him the whole time. It was great. We had a great rapport on the set together.”
Source: LA Times Blog