Naomi Watts on marrying Liev and loving Heath
Naomi Watts has opened up about her love life, describing Heath Ledger as ‘fragile’ and Liev Schreiber as ‘complicated’.
The actress, who met Heath on the set of Ned Kelly, describes the first time she met him in the latest issue of Parade magazine.
‘I hadn’t really been that familiar with his work,’ she recalls. ‘Then, when I got to the set and did that first scene with him, I was like, “Wow! This guy is alive.”
‘It was just something deep in his eyes. You could look into them, and they would tell a thousand stories in one glance.
‘There was a wonderful mixture of power and fragility at work in everything he did, which just pulls you in.
‘His strength didn’t scare you. It intrigued you. And his fragility touched you.’
The former couple dated for two years until 2004, before they amicably went their separate ways. They stayed friends until Heath’s tragic death from an accidental overdose on 22 January 2008.
‘It’s still incredibly difficult,’ she laments.
Naomi went on to meet actor Liev Schreiber in 2005, and the couple have two sons together.
‘He’s a complicated man, which I’ve always been drawn toward in men,’ she explains. ‘He’s fiercely intelligent.’
But when it comes to marriage, she’s still unsure.
‘It’s not like I’ve grown up having this dream of a fairy-tale wedding,’ she says.
‘My mother married twice and had two divorces. And Liev comes from the same kind of background. Maybe one day we’ll just wake up and go, “Hey, let’s do this.” And maybe not.
‘He and I have a family. We’re very much together. We just don’t have that certificate, and that’s okay with both of us.
‘He gave me a beautiful ring, although I’m not wearing it right now.’