Naomi Watts Faced Death in The Impossible

While filming her new disaster movie ‘The Impossible‘, Naomi Watts revealed that she almost died during the film’s production. According to Watts the frightening experience gave her a slight insight into what the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami was like for those who survived it.

Naomi Watts thought she was going to die while filming a scene that went wrong for ‘The Impossible’. The stunning 44-year-old actress plays Maria a mother who, along with her husband (Ewan McGregor) and three children, is caught up in the Indian Ocean Tsunami in December 2004, Watts stated that art eerily imitated the real-life-event after a technical glitch left her submerged under water without air.

Naomi Watts in The Impossible

Naomi Watts in The Impossible

The actress explained the Metro newspaper, “Something went wrong technically with the chair they strap you to when they submerge you in the water. It spins you around under water and the crew just weren’t able to shut it off at the right point. I couldn’t get out and was really struggling for breath.”

Naomi Watts and Tom Holland star in The Impossible

Naomi Watts and Tom Holland star in The Impossible

Naomi, who has two children, Sasha, five, and Sammy, four, with actor Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), insisted that the stressful experience gave her just a small sense of what people endured in the natural disaster that claimed 275,lives. Watts said, “It helps you to imagine. You can get tiny glimpses of what people went through. Though even this incident was nothing compared to what it was really like.”

The film is based on the true story of a Spanish family‘s experience of the tsunami and Naomi admits meeting the woman whose harrowing tale she retells on-screen was a powerful experience.

After the encounter the Hollywood star said, “‘The thing that really surprised me was that she said she felt so connected to her instincts at the time of the disaster and she was so sure about the big decisions she had to make. That was surprising because I can’t imagine being so in touch with my instincts. ‘I had played a mother a lot of times before I was a mother but now I am a mum, I worry about my own children every day in the tiniest ways. Definitely having been a mother and playing this character, it added a lot of weight to it.”


I’m a 31-year-old bilingual writer, with a passion for running; exercise fan. Enjoys reading comics, scifi stories, working in a online scifi comic. Organizer of the zombie walk in Guayaquil, Ecuador.


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