Naomi Watts rejected Diana role twice

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 August 2013
Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

'Diana' star Naomi Watts has revealed she rejected the role as the British princess twice before eventually accepting the part

Naomi Watts snubbed the lead role in 'Diana' "twice" before accepting the part.

The 44-year-old actress admitted she was worried it would be career suicide but couldn't bring herself to completely walk away from the biopic after she first rejected it.

Speaking to the Sunday Times newspaper's Style magazine, she said: "I thought that too, believe me. And I turned it down twice.

"I was a little bit torn, but once I'd said no, I wasn't completely at peace."

While the star usually feels content after turning down a role, she explained this felt different and she was drawn towards learning more about Princess Diana.

She added: "Sometimes when you say no, you feel free, but this just wasn't the case. There was something very intriguing about this woman's life. It was extraordinary.

"She always lived a privileged life, but there was nothing ordinary about the construct she moved into. I liked the idea that there was this fame - no one at that level can really survive it, I think. It's a very dark thing, but it's kind of true.

"I think there's also something going on with playing real-life characters. People are drawn to that, and audiences. For actors, it's definitely interesting."


  • 1 star
  • 2013
  • UK/France/Belgium/Sweden/Mozambique
  • 1h 53min
  • U
  • Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Cas Anvar
  • UK release: 20 September 2013

Biopic delving into the last two years of the late Princess of Wales' life, an emotional insight into her divorce with Prince Charles and relationships with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed.

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