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Emily Watson

Emily Watson

Birthday: 14 January 1967, Islington, London, England, UK
Birth Name: Emily Margaret Watson
Height: 173 cm

Emily Watson was born and raised in London, the daughter of Katharine (Venables), an English teacher, and Richard Watson, an architect. After a self-described sheltered upbringing, Watson attended uni ...Show More

Emily Watson
On being at the Cannes Film Festival opening of "Breaking the Waves" without the film's director, La Show more On being at the Cannes Film Festival opening of "Breaking the Waves" without the film's director, Lars von Trier: "It was a bit of a baptism of fire, because I had never done any press before. I had never done a single interview in my life. I had never made a film before, I just knew nothing. And I arrived in this maelstrom of publicity with this extraordinary film, and of course Lars von Trier didn't come to Cannes so we - just the actors - were left to explain what on earth he meant by this extraordinary film. The first experience of Cannes, the first time I was here, is like seared in my brain like a firebrand. It was very intense. I remember as the light went down, someone leaned over and said, "Emily your life is about to change forever." You know the official music? Whenever I hear that music that they play when the film starts, my stomach starts to churn. But being with this film is more than great, because it's more about show business. There are ten of us here, and nobody is really carrying the film in that way." Hide
The challenge in playing Bess [in Breaking the Waves] is that, in physical, psychological, intellect Show more The challenge in playing Bess [in Breaking the Waves] is that, in physical, psychological, intellectual, moral, ethical and political terms, she's a disaster - part saint, part clown. But she has an infinite capacity to love and believe. I tried to make the logic of that transcend those judgements. Hide
I love my job, but to say why I do is quite hard. I can go a certain distance without doing it, and Show more I love my job, but to say why I do is quite hard. I can go a certain distance without doing it, and then I have to go back to work. It's like a hunger, or an appetite that you have to feed. Hide
[on controversy about her being willing to appear unclothed on screen] Screw it. Everyone in that ro Show more [on controversy about her being willing to appear unclothed on screen] Screw it. Everyone in that room had probably seen me naked anyway. I don't care. It's not like I'm a great sex symbol. I'm just a normal woman.. I've fallen into situations which have required guts of me, and I've just gone, 'Okay, I'll be gutsy. I'll go for it because I don't know what else to do. I'd like to say I have a great master plan of courage, but I don't. I'm sort of following my nose through a maze, really. Hide
On journalists constantly asking her if she'd like children, especially as she had been married for Show more On journalists constantly asking her if she'd like children, especially as she had been married for 10 years: "'Yeah, I was asked that every single time, and it did feel quite personal. Especially if you say that yes, you do want children. You have to say if you're actually trying for them. And you don't always especially want to tell the whole world how that's going.'" Hide
On Hollywood's perception of women as beauty objects: "I'm lucky I don't do the kind of work where t Show more On Hollywood's perception of women as beauty objects: "I'm lucky I don't do the kind of work where the main thing is that you're the girl and you look gorgeous. I don't look like that. I'm a funny-looking bugger. I don't feel that I can compete, and I wouldn't want to. Life's too short to spend seven hours a day in the gym and starving yourself." Hide
(on 'War Horse) We all have stories about the men who left for the war. My grandmother's older broth Show more (on 'War Horse) We all have stories about the men who left for the war. My grandmother's older brother, whom she worshipped, was killed at Ypres. She never talked about it until she was eighty, and then she sobbed and sobbed as she told us she'd slept every day of her life with his letter from the trenches by her bed... They nailed it so beautifully: the officer class, the young untutored teenagers going off as cannon fodder. It's very moving and very beautiful. Hide
[on co-starring with Daniel Day-Lewis in 'The Boxer'] I found it very demanding because of the way t Show more [on co-starring with Daniel Day-Lewis in 'The Boxer'] I found it very demanding because of the way that he works. Our characters had been estranged, hadn't seen each other for fourteen years. It was very tense between them. So Daniel and I didn't speak - we agreed not to. I found it quite lonely and isolated and a bit scary. He has sort of an electric force about him and it's intimidating - but amazing to watch. It really was as it was in the story. It's a spare, brutal world where people don't express themselves. Hide
"I wasn't prepared for the way people responded to 'Breaking the Waves.' Suddenly, I was being inter Show more "I wasn't prepared for the way people responded to 'Breaking the Waves.' Suddenly, I was being interviewed and being asked all sorts of questions. All my life, I've loved movies, but I didn't foresee the glamour of the Academy Awards. In England, the awards are reported as straight news. In America, they're considered the height of glamour." - On her two 1999 roles, "Angela's Ashes" and "Cradle Will Rock", which had Oscar-potential. Hide
[on Lars von Trier's expressed sympathy for Adolf Hitler] What an idiot! I think he's sort of develo Show more [on Lars von Trier's expressed sympathy for Adolf Hitler] What an idiot! I think he's sort of developed a habit of shooting his mouth off, just to make people laugh and for effect, and here he shot his mouth off in a way that was totally inappropriate. Hide
I was a normal, rather dutiful child. I didn't even rebel as a teenager. I was a normal, rather dutiful child. I didn't even rebel as a teenager.
[on Breaking the Waves (1996)] It was my very first film. It was a very, very strong experience for Show more [on Breaking the Waves (1996)] It was my very first film. It was a very, very strong experience for me as an actor - but also as a person. There was a tsunami of attention that really affected my life. It opened a lot of doors, and I had a lot of great things come from it, but it also changed things. It's kind of a blessing and a curse to do something as full of notoriety as that. Hide
As I got older and more experienced, I could look back and appreciate being able to work with someon Show more As I got older and more experienced, I could look back and appreciate being able to work with someone who has the most integrity you can possibly have in this job. Daniel has integrity coming out of every pore. I remember asking at the very end, "Why do you work like that?". And he said - it was very sweet - "Well, I don't think I'm a good enough actor to be able to not do it this way." Hide
On her childhood preparing her for an acting career: "I was taught the value of imagination at an ea Show more On her childhood preparing her for an acting career: "I was taught the value of imagination at an early age. I didn't have a television. I read a lot of books and developed a good sense of storytelling. I was happy as well, and I think that helped. The more secure you feel, the more unbalanced you can let yourself become." Hide
"The first Oscarcast, I was definitely functioning in a surreal mode. It was like I was watching mys Show more "The first Oscarcast, I was definitely functioning in a surreal mode. It was like I was watching myself watch the ceremony. Yet I had a good time. Hey, wearing a beautiful dress and being surrounded by beautiful people is not a terrible way to spend an evening. And I had a great time at all the parties. The second Oscarcast, I just went and planned on enjoying myself. People think of me as such a serious actress, but I find myself behaving like a gadabout." - On her sudden success and America's award shows. Hide
Emily Watson's FILMOGRAPHY
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