Joy in middle-age angst
In Gypsy, Naomi Watts plays a woman whose picture-perfect life becomes, er, complicated. She chats to
In Gypsy, now on Netflix, Naomi Watts plays Jean Halloway, a New York City therapist with a cute daughter (Maren Heary), a dashing husband (Billy Crudup), a picturesque home in the suburbs – and some serious middle-age angst.
When she decides to track down Sidney (Sophie Cookson), a patient’s manipulative exgirlfriend, things get, well, a little complicated.
Created by Lisa Rubin and with select episodes directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the psychological thriller is Watts’ first regular series role in two decades. we’re all capable of having. If you’re saying yes to a TV show, you want it to be interesting and complicated and have somewhere to go. I think she’s at a point in her life where she’s feeling like she’s lost herself a bit, her true identity, and closed the door perhaps on an old side of herself that she didn’t really want to.
Perhaps at a point in her life she needed saving, and that’s when she moved to the suburbs and married well to a hot lawyer. And now she’s got a kid. Everything on paper looks great, but she needs and desires more. to Australia. I felt like I was having to reinvent myself often just to fit in at school. crazy. She’s a flawed and complex character. It’s great that those kind of roles are available now. waiting, and you can lose energy in that regard. Also, I’m working with a dialect, which is a whole other thing. I don’t think people realise how much work goes into that. Yes, of course, everyone’s asking. I love being on yet another set with David Lynch, who’s just such an incredible person, so unique, and I feel very connected to him. You just learn so much, and it’s such a happy, memorable experience. But I’ve been sworn to absolute secrecy. And it’s not even like I can tell you many secrets because a lot of the time I didn’t know. I never read the whole script. In fact, there were certain scenes that I was in that lines said by other people were scrubbed out. Yes – the duality. We all have things in our lives that we’re interested in. Identity is definitely one for me, and it makes sense, because as I said, I grew up moving a lot as a kid. I kept thinking, ‘‘Oh, who should I be? Who do they want me to be? I wish I was her’’. Those things occurred to me at a very young age, and they didn’t go away, as hard as that is to admit. It’s still in me.
– Los Angeles Times
Gypsy now streaming on Netflix.
In Gypsy, Naomi Watts plays New York City therapist Jean Halloway.
Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup star in Gypsy.