Vancouver, British Columbia
in Vancouver making a low-budget film about marital crackups - she's
a producer as well as the star - during a break in a schedule that includes
finishing "21 Grams" for the Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez
Inarritu ("Amores Perros") promoting "Ned Kelly" in Australia
and waiting for the opening, in August, of her new film, the Merchant Ivory
The producer Ismail Merchant and the director James Ivory cast her (as the pregnant poet jilted by her husband in "Le Divorce") after seeing "Mulholland Drive". The same is true for Mr. Gonzalez Inarritu, who said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, where he now lives, "She has the beautiful face of an innocent woman one moment, and the next moment she will have the face of Devil". Speaking in Spanish, he continued, "To me, she's like a wild orchid".
up on a cushioned banquette in her jeans and Puma sneakers, the
wild orchid is talking now about her father, Peter
Watts. A sound engineer
rock group Pink Floyd in the early 1970's, he divorced her mother,
Myffanwy (Miv), when Naomi was 4 and died when she was 7. "Lots of
people talk about their memories of childhood", she says, "but
I have little or no memory of mine. I could count the memories I have of
my father on less that one hand.
Can't even remember when I was 8. I think I was checked out."