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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Naomi Watts has ‘fear of the waves’

Naomi Watts

The Impossible star Naomi Watts has spoken about how she overcame her fear of drowning to film the tsunami movie.

The British thespian is an Academy Award nominee in the Best Actress category for her role in the feature.

Naomi was immersed in water quite often while shooting The Impossible.

The star admits that the experience was extremely intense, as it evoked a lot of dormant emotion from her childhood.

“I have a fear of the waves,” Naomi explained to People magazine.

“I got caught in a riptide in Bali when I was 14. I swam against it to the point of giving up.”

No rehearsal braced her for filming these scenes.

She had to grin and bare it.

“I knew all the physical stuff was going to be difficult, but nothing prepared me for it,” Naomi shared.

“There were moments when I thought I’d reached my limit. Then I’d think, ‘This is nothing. I’m an actor. I know I’m safe.’ ”

When she felt at her lowest point, Naomi spoke to her best friend Nicole Kidman.

She looks to her pal for support often and is relying on her to get through this year’s awards season.

“I love talking to Nicole about this. She and I just laugh,” Naomi smiled.

The 85th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center and hosted by Seth MacFarlane on February 24.

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