Jennifer Connelly: Noah's wife shows strength

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 April 2014
Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly says her character Naameh - Noah's wife - shows "extraordinary strength" in the film despite the bible not revealing much about her

Jennifer Connelly is proud of her 'Noah' character's "extraordinary strength".

The actress claims her character Naameh is seen from a different perspective in the film - which sees Noah build an ark for his wife and the world's animals after God destroys the earth with a flood - as the bible does not reveal much about her.

Jennifer, 43, told "If you read Genesis, she doesn't even have a name.

"But, in the context of the story, I do think that she has extraordinary strength. She's physically capable, she's industrious, I think that she changes the outcome of the story. I think she's enterprising, she has great reserves of strength - and that the source of that strength, really, is love.

"I think that's what really makes her powerful: that she embodies a very profound love."

Jennifer also insists Naameh's dependence on her husband Noah, who is played by Russell Crowe, should not be seen as a weakness.

She added: "I don't think that there's anything wrong with being supportive, and devoted, and having faith. I mean, it's a very particular circumstance - the creator has been communicating with Noah - so one understands her faith and following him."


  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 18min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
  • Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone
  • UK release: 4 April 2014

The story of the ark-building biblical patriarch Noah (Crowe), who in this version believes that God intends the flood as a human genocide. Director Aronofsky crafts an intense conflict between Noah and his own family, making for a compellingly weird and occasionally wonderful story.


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