Joy in mid­dle-age angst

In Gypsy, Naomi Watts plays a woman whose picture-per­fect life be­comes, er, com­pli­cated. She chats to

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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.

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