A Minute With: Naomi Watts on comedies and 'While We're Young'

Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:19am EDT
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By Alicia Avila

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After a slew of dramas including "The Impossible" and "Diana," actress Naomi Watts said she was looking for something that would "feel lighter."

Watts, 46, found herself drawn to comedies such as Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young," a look at the disconnect between Generation X and Millennials through two New York couples - Cornelia and Josh (Watts and Ben Stiller), and Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried).

Ahead of the film's theatrical release on Friday, Watts spoke to Reuters about her character. Following are excerpts from the interview.

Q: What attracted you to this role?

A: This feels a little bit familiar, and the juxtaposition of each couple, how different they were in the stages of their lives and how they were approaching everything, their work - it felt like a funny dynamic to be a part of.

Q: How is this story relatable to people?

A: It's really a human drama-slash-comedy that could take place in any part of the world. There's endless fascination with youth culture and in the same regard, the young are fascinated with us but possibly for less pure reasons. Even though (Jamie and Darby) present themselves as this very purist couple, I think they, particularly Adam Driver's character, were using us as a form of a meal ticket.

Q: Did you overcome any challenges to play Cornelia?   Continued...

Actress Naomi Watts arrives at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni