Like Marilyn, who moved around a lot as a child, Watts says there was a lot of love but also chaos in her own early life, and much moving around in England and Wales, especially after her parents divorced when she was 4 and then when her English father, Peter, tragically died three years later. “I am comfortable with chaos. I don’t mind it. In fact, I almost get a bit twitchy when it’s too quiet.”
Her father was a tour manager with the famous English classic rock band Pink Floyd. She says he was a workaholic but says his passion for his work is still a constant source of inspiration for her. “Both of his children, Ben and I, ended up being two creative people who love their work.”
So how does a full-time actress and mother with a bit of wanderlust in her soul look equally at ease playing with her family in Central Park or in dramatic designer dresses on the red carpet? How does she pull it all off during the busiest time of her life?
Her formula includes Pilates, yoga, working out in the gym, swimming, good nutrition, and, perhaps most importantly, the help of a trainer. Watts is refreshingly honest when she says with a laugh, “I have a love-hate relationship with exercise. I don’t necessarily enjoy exercise a lot. I’m not a mad enthusiast. The minute I get bored I need to change it up. I often use a trainer because I need motivation. It’s not like I jump out of bed and say, ‘All right, let’s get to the gym or jog around the reservoir in Central Park.’”
As for nutrition, despite her svelte look, Watts says she never deprives herself of food. “I’m moderate, but I certainly don’t go to a place and say I’m not going to have all sorts of things. The thing is, unfortunately, the minute I start putting restrictions on my diet is when I start craving things. So I just don’t bother with it and eat whatever I want. My metabolism, knock on wood, has been pretty good.”