Naomi Watts paralyzed her face for Princess Diana role

naomi-watts-zoom In an interview with Empire magazine Naomi Watts revealed she had to paralyze the right side of her face so she could portray Princess Diana perfectly.

In the upcoming biopic Diana, Naomi plays the late Princess and she wanted to look and also sound more like the British royal. The actress used a wooden stick in her mouth to be able to change the way her mouth moved.

She said: ”I didn’t just want to appear like her, it’s also about the tone of her voice and the way she moved her face. It’s completely the opposite of how I move my face. I move my face on the right-hand side and she moved her on the left. I had to walk around with a cocktail stick in my mouth to paralyze the right-hand side of my face for weeks.”

naomiNaomi wasn’t sure if she wanted to play Diana at first and she was worried how the people would react to her portrayal of the Princess. ”A lot more pressure and a lot more fear that comes with that pressure. I wrestled with the decision of actually doing it because of that. I was afraid of all the comparisons that people would make: not the right nose, not tall enough, not the right voice,” the actress said.

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