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Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts worries about finding work (Video)

02/06/2013 by OnTheRedCarpet.com Staff

Naomi Watts may be an Oscar-nominated actress, but she still worries about finding work.

The actress, who received a nod this year for her performance in the 2012 film "The Impossible," told OTRC.com that she is always thinking about when her next acting job will come along.

"Listen, I spent so many years of doubting that I would ever work again," Watts said. "That doesn't go away no matter how much of a lucky streak you're on. It's always in you and I think that's quite a good thing to have and I think it would be awful to just presume that the phone will always ring."

"It's quite good to have a degree of self-doubt," she added. "It keeps you motivated, it keeps you nervous and then the gratitude is such an important part of it. I never trust myself when I'm not just a bit nervous in terms of taking on a role and everything."

While actors are paid to shoot films and sometimes get extra if they perform well at the box office or are screened on television, they face the threat of losing union-backed, lower-cost health benefits if they stop working. Watts lives with her partner and actor Liev Schreiber and their two sons.

Schreiber, who is known for his work in the "Scream" films and also appeared in movies such as "Salt" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," is gearing up for a full-time TV gig -- a starring role on the show SHowtime series "Ray Donovan," which premieres in June.

Watts began her on-screen career in Australia in the late 1980s and appeared on the popular soap opera "Home and Away" in 1991. She worked continuously, mostly in television, before she got her big break with a part in the 2002 horror film "The Ring" and later, with a role of a recovering drug addict and mother in the 2003 film "21 Grams." She was nominated for her first Oscar for her performance.

Watts recalled her reaction when she learned about that first nod, telling OTRC.com: "It was a lot of bouncing on the bed and screeming with my girlfriends."

She then went on to star in the 2004 film "I Heart Huckabees" and the 2005 remake of "King Kong," which made her more famous. She continued to appear in movies and in 2011, she starred in Clint Eastwood's film "J. Edgar."

In "The Impossible," which is based on a true story, Watts and Scottish star Ewan McGregor play a couple and parents to three, who experience the devastating tsunami in Thailand in 2004. Watts filmed scenes and stayed with her family in the same hotel that her and the actor's real-life counterparts had visited, which was heavily damaged by the waters and debris.

Watts is nominated for the Oscar for Best Leading Actress at the 2013 ceremony, along with Jessica Chastain of "Zero Dark Thirty," Jennifer Lawrence of "Silver Linings Playbook," Emmanuelle Riva of "Amour" and Quvenzhane Wallis of "Beasts of the Southern Wild.""

Watts says she plans to take both Schreiber and her mother, who maintains homes in England, France and Australia, to the Oscars. The 2013 awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 on ABC, OTRC.com's parent company.

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Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

Watch the trailer for "The Impossible" below.

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