Naomi keen to try ‘dumb’ role

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Watts, who’s tack­led emo­tion­ally wrench­in­groles, has a love-hate re­la­tion­ship with the idea of star­ringin a ro­man­tic com­edy. ‘‘I look at those ro­man­tic come­dies and I see ac­tors with per­fect hair and six-packs and I feel my­self be­ing numbed and I get an­gry be­cause I see so much money spent on th­ese things,’’ the 38-year-old ac­tress says in an in­ter­view in Al­lure mag­a­zine’s Jan­uary is­sue, on news stands in the US on Tues­day. ‘‘I don’t mean to sound righ­teous here. ‘‘There is need for it, be­cause there are times when I am in a ho­tel room and need to be numbed. ‘‘I keep say­ingto my­self, ‘oh, God, I’m sick of play­ingth­ese dark, har­row­ing roles’. ‘‘I want a big­pay­cheque, so put me in some dumb ro­man­tic com­edy any day.’’ Watts has starred in such films as Kong, Mul­hol­land Drive and She acts op­po­site Ed­ward Nor­ton and her boyfriend, Liev Schreiber, in the ro­man­tic drama The Painted Veil, slated for lim­ited US re­lease on De­cem­ber 29. Watts isn’t afraid to go for se­ri­ous and de­mand­ing­parts. ‘‘It’s very lib­er­at­ing. It feels like you are get­ting rid of some­thing,’’ she says. ‘‘Not that I’m this hor­ren­dously dark per­son that al­ways needs to go through some­thing, but I think we all have a dark side. ‘‘There is no one that is ab­solved of that and you ei­ther face it or you don’t and through my work I em­brace it. I take it on.’’

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