Naomi Watts covers New Beauty Magazine to promote her role in Allegiant. It has a miserable 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it underperformed at the box office to the point where Lionsgate’s stock has fallen and the studio is running scared. There’s still the second part of the final book, Ascendant, coming out in 2017 and since it hasn’t been filmed yet the budget has reportedly been cut.
Getting back to Watts, People had some photos from the editorial and she looks lovely and kind of regal. Her legs are impossibly long on the cover and since she’s only 5’5″ there was surely Photoshop involved. She’s talking to New Beauty Magazine, so she discusses hair, makeup and plastic surgery. She sounds very low maintenance, but I’ve seen her casual style and she usually looks comfortable but well put together, not like she just threw something on, went out with wet hair and no makeup and added some ugly shoes. (You know who I’m talking about.) That’s the way she describes herself though.
She doesn’t wear heels unless she has to
I do enjoy the red carpet for the reason that you get to express yourself. But, ordinarily, I would never put on high heels unless I absolutely had to.
She keeps her hair and makeup simple day-to-day
I love the two [hair and makeup] as a form of expression, but day to day, I’m pretty much makeup-free and in jeans, T-shirts and sweaters. I’m not even very good at actually doing my own hair or my makeup—and I’m one of those people who walks out the door with wet hair all the time. If anything, maybe I put on some concealer, blush and mascara, but often not even that. My mother was not very good at giving beauty tips, but she was—and still is—a striking beauty. I was always very aware of her beauty, but I never felt as beautiful as her, or that I could ever be that beautiful.
She doesn’t do Botox
Personally I feel, for me, it’s tough to do Botox—but it’s also tough not to! Sometimes, I think I need the help. Whatever anyone else chooses is fine with me, no judgment. Of course, I want to look the best I can, but I am playing characters that should match my age and the women and the material that I am interested in are usually going through something. I have to be able to live in my face and tell the story of the character I’ve taken on. But…I’ll never say never.
On coming to terms with aging
Coming to terms with aging as gracefully as possible is the best thing anyone can do, no matter who you are, but everyone has their good days and bad days. I feel so much better as a person now than I did in my 20s, but most of the time I feel like I’m still a kid. There are days you feel like you are on top of it and you are OK and at peace with it; then there are the days you still feel 28 inside — until you catch that reflection or see a photograph and realize you aren’t anymore.
She never looks frozen or altered to me, although she looks extremely good at 47, so I believe her. Watts says she does something called a Triad Facial, which is a combination of microdermabrasion, lasers and a peel. A lot of people are wondering if Watts’s quotes about Botox were a kind of gentle reference to her friend Nicole Kidman’s very extreme, very obvious work. I doubt she realizes that it could be taken that way, though. While Watts acknowledges that Kidman helped her immensely when she was a struggling actress in Australia, she implied in a recent interview with Net-a-Porter that she doesn’t see her much. She said “We’re busy people that live in different places” but that “even after big gaps [of not seeing each other], we just take up where we left off.” I doubt that Nicole was the first face that came to mind when she thought Botox. That’s her old friend. You think of your friend like “oh, that’s Nicole, her work isn’t that bad.” (At least that’s how I think of my friends who have had injections and/or plastic surgery. Like I can tell they’ve had it done but I knew them, so it doesn’t seem as noticeable as it would if they were a random stranger.)
I also wish more celebrities would take this approach to Botox especially. It’s very obvious on both TV and in the movies. When someone is playing a modern character who would have the resources to get Botox it doesn’t distract me as much, but several years into the zombie apocalypse there shouldn’t be any Botox left and a person’s face should move, you know?
— NewBeauty Magazine (@NewBeauty) March 28, 2016