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Naomi Watts Covers More Magazine October Issue: Opens Up About Her Fears, Being a Bit Reckless & How Motherhood Has Changed Her

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts is known for taking big career risks and accepting challenging roles—from her intensely emotional character in 21 Grams to Diana, the Princess of Wales, in Diana. Now she’s making a foray into comedy with two new films, St. Vincent and Birdman, both out this month. In the October issue of More magazine, on newsstands Sept. 23, Watts opens up about the rewards of being reckless— onscreen and in real life.

Check out the highlights below:

On working with comic genius Bill Murray for her upcoming film St. Vincent, where she plays a pregnant Russian stripper: “I’d bust into Bill’s trailer and say [she adopts a thick Russian accent], ‘I need a drink! Gif me a drink!’ I had to stick with that character because otherwise my fear of being not worthy would take over.”

On playing Diana, Princess of Wales: “We all know I’m not five ten or have any resembling features of hers except blue eyes, and I don’t speak like her. It was going to be hard. People knew her too well or felt like they owned her. I was up against that.”

Falling hard for Liev Schreiber and how their parenting styles complement each other: “We both wanted the same thing. A family. Liev has a lot more courage than me. He’s always saying, ‘Let the kids do it. Take the training wheels off!’ My bit of fear balances him, and he balances my fear.”

On how motherhood has changed her: “I’ve skydived. I went swimming with sharks that weren’t in cages. I went on safari, where you’re sitting with lions just five feet from you. And I was photographed [by Condé Nast Traveler] for King Kong standing on a gargoyle near the top of the Chrysler Building in New York City. I had a harness and a rope, but if you fall, you’re hanging [61 floors up]! But now that I have kids, I don’t want to do so many daredevily things anymore.”

What Naomi would do more of if she could start over: “Have a bigger family. I should have had more kids, started younger.”

On moving to Hollywood at 25 and being a bit reckless: “It was a gigantic risk, but thankfully, I was young and naïve enough to just do it. As you get older, you overthink and can talk yourself out of anything. It’s good to be a bit reckless and experimental.”

On being labeled a risk taker: “People think of me as this risk taker, but I don’t always feel like a person who’s full of courage. Maybe in the workplace I have more courage than other areas of my life.”

Danity Donnaly is a Midwestern mama with class, sass and a love for celebrity gossip. D is a former disc jockey and is a fierce dancer who looks forward to that morning cup of coffee. When she’s not delivering the dish, Danity can be found on Twitter talking smack or shaking her bon bon to any jam by Justin Timberlake or attempting to sing one of her favorite Mariah Carey songs without breaking a window. Yep, she’s THAT good!

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