Naomi Watts paralysed her face for Princess Di role


Naomi Watts had to paralyse the right side of her face to play Princess Diana.

The 44-year-old actress plays the late Princess of Wales in new biopic Diana and was so determined to perfect the princess’ mannerisms she was forced to wander around with a wooden toothpick in her cheek in order to change the way her mouth moved.

Speaking to Empire magazine, she said, "I didn't just want to appear like her; it's also about the tone of her voice and the way she moved her face. It's completely the opposite of how I move my face. I move my face on the right hand side and she moved hers on the left.

"I had to walk around with a cocktail stick in my mouth, to paralyse the right-hand side of my face, for weeks."

The blonde beauty admits she toyed with the idea of playing the British royal for a while because she was concerned about how people would take to her and whether they’d criticise her for the way she portrayed the role.

She explained, "[There’s] A lot more pressure and a lot more fear that comes with that pressure. I wrestled with the decision of actually doing it because of that. I was afraid of all the comparisons that people would make: not the right nose, not tall enough, not the right voice."

-Bang Showbiz

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