"Sydney I Love You": Naomi Watts Shares Story Behind House Of Memories
Naomi Watts is currently in Australia and took a trip down memory lane while strolling around Sydney this week.
The actress chatted to Studio 10 this morning and explained why a certain house had her reminiscing about the formative years she spent in the city.
“We’ve been stalking you on Insta,” joked Angela Bishop. "And you put a beautiful photo of a house in Sydney and you were sitting outside -- what made that house so special? Bishop asked.
Watts explained that the double-storey home pictured on social media belonged to her agent John Cann -- who passed away in 2008.
“So many memories," she said. "I lived there for a period of time, but mostly my agent ... and great, great friend -- who unfortunately passed away about ten years ago -- he lived there for a long long time," she recalled.
Cann also worked with actors including Hugh Jackman, Bryan and Rachel Ward. Watts told Studio 10 that the beloved agent's house was a great place of comfort to her when she was starting out her acting career.
"And he just took people in when things weren’t going as well, if we couldn’t pay our rent or if we were just stopping through Sydney for a short period of time.
"So many great memories were made in that house," she said."It looked very different, mind you! Now it’s all been done up and restored in a really beautiful way," she said.
"It just happened that I was walking down the street and I thought, ‘I just want to take a photo of an important memory of mine.’”
Watts also chatted about her role as Gretchen Carlson in the upcoming Showtime limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes.
Coincidentally, Watts' mate Nicole Kidman is also set to play Carlson -- but in a film adaptation of the Ailes story.
"It's a coincidence but at the same time, it's a fantastic story that must be told -- particularly in this time when people are finally listening to these important stories and making room for that and this conversation about #MeToo.
"And she was a real pioneer," Watts said of Carlson, who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes.
Watts has also spent time this week at Ronald McDonald House in Randwick, as part of her ambassador role for McHappy Day tomorrow.
"It’s just incredible these families are undergoing some really difficult times," Watts told Studio 10.
"Their kids are in treatment; sometimes for weeks, months, years. The families are able to keep a sense off routine, somewhat and stick together as a community and share their stories.
"I’ve met some of these kids, their spirits are intact, they’re really thriving in this environment because this is a really well thought out program and it’s just an honour to be a part of is," Watts said.
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