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Naomi Watts: I was ready to give up

Naomi Watts regularly thought about giving up acting when she first moved to Los Angeles.

The Australian actress may have picked up two Oscar nominations over her time in the industry but when she initially made the move to Los Angeles things were tough. She regularly doubted she'd manage to make a career, but is proud she eventually pulled it off.

"[I went from playing leads] to being someone who had to drive for two hours to get two pages of really bad dialogue in some TV movie, just because they couldn't be bothered faxing me the pages. And I did that for pretty much ten years," she told British magazine InStyle.

"When it was like, you know what, I can't handle it, I'm giving up. But every time my bags were packed, I'd get a call saying, 'You've got this part.'"

The 46-year-old actress wasn't too fussy about roles when she was initially in America either. She just wanted to work and although she was sure she could act, she didn't take anything for granted either.

"Oh, listen, I did not have any snobbery about anything. I just wanted to work. I always had the attitude that work begets work and one thing would roll to the next," she said.

"I think I knew I had something. But I certainly had plenty of doubt."

The star's US big break happened when she was cast in Mulholland Drive by David Lynch. He gave her the role of actress Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn after seeing just her photograph, and it paved the way for many other releases where she's played actresses. The latest is Birdman, where she portrays a Broadway star called Lesley.

"I don't know why that is... I think I've just played a lot of women who are walking a fine line of sanity! And a few of those women happen to be actresses," she laughed.

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