The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Hey Presto, Watts a diva


HOL­LY­WOOD star Naomi Watts is the latest re­cruit in the in­creas­ingly in­tense stream­ing wars, sign­ing on as the face of Presto.

The Mul­hol­land Drive ac­tress will front a cam­paign for the Fox­tel-aligned ser­vice, in­clud­ing a tele­vi­sion ad with the tagline “de­mand more”.

Watts por­trays a “diva” ver­sion of her­self, step­ping out of a pri­vate jet and onto a red car­pet, fol­lowed by an army of as­sis­tants who carry her when she is too tired to walk.

“I thought the cam­paign was very funny and that’s what drew me,” Watts said. “It was a good chance for me to poke fun at my­self.”

Com­edy is not a genre Watts is known for. Her role along­side Bill Mur­ray in the 2014 film St Vin­cent, in which she played a Rus­sian sex worker, was a suc­cess­ful foray into fun­nier roles.

“For a very long time, I got on that track of play­ing women who are al­ways on the verge of an emo­tional break­down,” Watts said.

“I’m grate­ful that I’ve been get­ting a chance to do more of the comedic stuff lately.

“I don’t think any­one thought I was ca­pa­ble of it – in­clud­ing my­self, prob­a­bly.”

De­spite her fame and for­tune, Watts said she was “the same per­son I al­ways was” deep down.

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