Naomi Watts’ secret to maintaining a great physique leaves room for french fries.
The two-time Oscar-nominated actress shares her dieting tips, her low-maintenance look, and elaborates on her role as a UNAIDS ambassador in SHAPE magazine‘s “Women Run the World” issue.
“The minute I put myself in any kind of constraint with eating, I’ll end up rebelling and not doing the right thing,” she tells the publication. “So I allow myself room for naughty and nice. I grew up in the ’70s, and my mom was a hippie in the day who baked her own bread and made vegetarian dishes. So that’s my comfort food. Superhealthy. It’s what I crave.”
“When I was first trying to get pregnant, I cut out a lot of wheat, sugar, and dairy in my diet — and I remember drinking tons of wheatgrass juice. So I’ve tried to stay with that, but there’s wiggle room,” Watts continues. “It doesn’t mean I won’t eat french fries. I’m done with wheatgrass juice, though. In fact, it may make me gag just thinking about it.”
Watts, 50, has never been a makeup wizard but that has not stopped her from looking fantastic. “I’m not very good at putting on makeup or doing my hair, to be honest. I’m a five-minute girl with getting dressed. So the least amount of makeup is the best for me — I use about four products. I’m big on eyebrows, so I pencil those in. I don’t do mascara because my eyes are sensitive.”
“I also love the Beautycounter blush stick and lipsticks. Its Dew Skin-tinted moisturizer is a game-changing product for me — I like to be able to see the skin breathe. And I can do all that in the car.”
The “Impossible” actress has been working with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for the last 10 years. “Living in the ’90s in the fashion world and losing friends was just incredibly upsetting,” she says when asked why she became an ambassador.
“When UNAIDS wrote to me with the invitation, it just made complete sense. They wanted me to address the issue here in the U.S., as well as worldwide. I felt privileged to be able to help in Zambia [on a 2006 UNAIDS fact-finding mission] and to see how hard people were working there to make it better.”
“In the last 10 years that I’ve been working with UNAIDS, people have been getting hold of the antiretroviral drugs, so there’s [significantly reduced] transference from mother to child,” Watts continues. “We still need to do more and remove the stigma but it’s great to have witnessed such a positive change.”
The full feature for SHAPE‘s “Women Run the World” issue is available online now.