Naomi Watts Tells Town & Country She’d Rather Be A Character Actress Than Leading Lady

naomi watts town & country sept 2014 (1)If this interview is any indication, Naomi Watts is one grounded, career-savvy actress! Doesn’t she look great on the cover of Town & Country? Naomi chatted with the magazine about her earlier struggles as an actress, what she wished she knew, and what motivated her to take the part of Theo James’s character’s Four’s mother in ‘Divergent.’ RELATED: Naomi Watts and Reese Witherspoon are ready to get zen.

Check out these excerpts from Naomi’s interview.

On her fear of auditions:
“I’m an anxious person, and I hate being put in a position where I’m being tested. If I feel safe, I can be me, but if I don’t feel safe, I try to please.”

On pressure to get plastic surgery in Hollywood:
“I’m really just feeling my way. This being an industry town, that self-consciousness just pervades. There are days when I feel victorious that I have, you know, gotten this far [without plastic surgery]. But there are a million days when I look in the mirror and think, ‘I’m going to do it.’”

On accepting the role of Evelyn, mother of Theo James’ Four in the Divergent franchise:
“I’d rather be a character actress and have longevity – as much of it as I can – than kid myself into believing I’m always going to be a leading lady, you know?”

On self-acceptance:
“If only I’d known back then, over those 10 years of trying to prove myself, what I know now, which is just be you. I didn’t trust that me was what people wanted.”

I think that’s a lesson we ALL need to learn: just be yourself. Anything else, ultimately, isn’t going to work. You can read Naomi’s entire interview in the September issue of Town & Country, which hits newsstands on August 12th.

Photos by Victor Demarchelier