Naomi Watts 'so happy' when Clint Eastwood called her about 'J. Edgar' (Video)
Naomi Watts says working with director Clint Eastwood on his film "J. Edgar" was "a dream come true."
The biopic explores the career and personal life, of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and was released on Wednesday, November 9. Watts, known for her work in films such as "King Kong" and "The Ring," plays his trusted secretary.
While Hoover was seen by many as one of the most powerful men in America, he was also a man of many secrets. His right-hand man, Clyde Tolson, was also rumored to be his lover. He is played by Armie Hammer of "The Social Network" fame. The film also stars Ed Westwick of "Gossip Girl" as an FBI agent.
"It was a dream to work with him [Eastwood], and it came true," Watts, 43, told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Chris Balish at the film's recent Los Angeles premiere.
"I was so happy when he called, and said yes right away," she said. "He said, 'I wish there was more for you to do,' and of course I did too. I liked what this woman stood for, and the process of working with Clint. It was just a treat, being on set with him everyday."
Theactress also talked about the rigorous makeup process.
"It was a big thing for all of us," Watts added. "For me, it was like five or six hours in a chair. For Leo and Armie, it was even more. It's never fun sitting still for that many hours; you look at your Ipad, you do your crossword and your scrabbles. It's not fun."
"But what was great was being given this role that spans 50 years, and that was one of the most interesting things about taking on the role," she added. "Despite that Helen Gandy is very much in the background of his life, for me it was interesting that she traveled this passage of time and went from being someone who is like a little perky secretary, who is very impressed by her boss, to being someone of great importance in his life."
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).