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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