“It was incredibly emotional and other times it was fun. There were a lot of extreme things this family went through.” Naomi Watts on The Glass Castle
Naomi Watts stars in the new drama The Glass Castle. Based off the bestselling memoir by Jeannette Walls, the film explores a dysfunctional family living in poverty. The film is written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who helmed 2013’s Short Term 12.
The Glass Castle follows Jeannette, portrayed by three different actresses, Chandler Head as the child, Ella Anderson as the teen, and Brie Larson as the adult. Jeannette comes of age in a dysfunctional family, raised by her alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson) and eccentric artist mother (Naomi Watts). The parents stir their children’s imagination with hope as a means to distract them from their nonconformist poverty stricken lifestyle. Director Destin Daniel Cretton previously worked with Brie Larson in Short Term 12.
Oscar nominee Naomi Watts just finished a busy year with the highly anticipated ‘Twin Peaks’ series by David Lynch. She also starred in the horror hit ‘Shut In’ and drama ‘The Book of Henry’. She will also star in next year’s re-imagining of Hamlet entitled ‘Ophelia’, told from the main female roles’ perspective played with Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
Film Inside’s reporter Rachel Kasuch sat down with Naomi Watts to discuss the making of ‘The Glass Castle’. Watts talks survival, childhood, and more. “I lost my father at an early age. That was a hard thing to go through, but it was my normal,” says Watts. “I think it instills a sense of survival.” To see more about what Watts has to say about ‘The Glass Castle’, watch the video interview below.
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Interview: Rachel Kasuch
Text: David Bruce
The Glass Castle is playing in theaters now.