As some of us know, the Australian actress who plays Tobias’ mother- Evelyn- Naomi Watts, has officially moved to New York City, and we have surely spotted her making her motherly errands up and down the streets of NYC.
This time around, Naomi and her family of three opened up their doors to their beautiful home for Architectural Digest, a magazine who covers interior design in homes, movies, and landmarks.
Read the interview down below, on how Naomi and her family got to be where they are today in their beautiful estate home. Keep reading to see the some HQ photos of the beautiful inside house she has. Also watch the following interview video she did with the magazine:
‘Stars, they’re just like us. Even a two-time Oscar nominee, it turns out, can fall prey to new-home anxiety. “I mean, look at this place,” Naomi Watts says. “Is it too big? Are we taking on more than we should? Maybe we should have stayed where we were? I don’t know!” And then the actress throws her arms up and lets out a lovely, nervous laugh.
Watts is standing in the entry hall of the Manhattan apartment she shares with her partner, actor Liev Schreiber, and their two sons, eight-year-old Alexander and seven-year-old Samuel. Oh, and there’s Bob, too. He’s the Yorkie. The journey to this moment has been long, twisting, and fraught with the kind of drama that Watts—who is in three movies coming out this year—usually has to cope with only in make-believe.
But let’s start at the beginning.
Fifteen years ago, when the British-born, Australian-raised Watts’s career was starting to blossom and she was looking for a toehold in New York City, she bought an apartment in the Financial District after seeing it once. “Not because I loved it but because of the pressure!” she recounts. “I had no idea deals here moved that fast. After I closed on it, I showed it to my mother, who is a bit of a bohemian—and a super-talented decorator. She walked in and said, ‘This is horrible. No soul. No character. It’s a businessman’s apartment.’ I was crushed. But she was right.”
Watts sold the place quickly. “You know, I should have kept it,” she laments. “Now it’s worth twice what I paid.” She settled in Los Angeles, where she built her career in movies ranging from Mulholland Drive to 21 Grams to King Kong to last year’s Academy Award winner for best picture, Birdman. “But then I met Mr. New York,” she says, “and everything changed.” Mr. New York, of course, is Liev Schreiber, acclaimed for playing hardened, complex characters in films such as Spotlight and on the Showtime series Ray Donovan. “We fell in love, so I moved here and we lived in his fantastic NoHo place for years,” Watts says. “We started our family and were quite happy.”
Like so many New Yorkers, however, they soon found themselves desiring a certain precious commodity. “We knew we wanted space for the kids to grow—and for all of us,” Watts says. So they began The Hunt.
While Watts remarks that “with New York real estate, you never get everything you want,” she and Schreiber were able to create a duplex from two separate units—one had been an artist’s loft—checking off most of the boxes on their wish list. Then, shortly after they closed the deal, Hurricane Sandy struck, and the building, near the Hudson River, was flooded. For months they couldn’t enter the property, proving another rule of New York real estate: It will test you, constantly asking, How badly do you want to live here?
When the couple finally got back in, the place was a mess. After taking time to weigh options, they hired an architect but changed course several months later. Two years into owning the residence, it was raw space. “One thing I’ve learned,” Watts says, “is when it comes to big renovations, no one gets an easy ride.” Ultimately they enlisted Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro, the duo behind the firm Ashe + Leandro, to design the interiors. That’s when things kicked into high gear.
“This project was design on steroids,” Leandro says, standing in the first-floor library/screening room, which also serves as a place for Watts and Schreiber to take meetings and study scripts. “I had drawings in four months, and then we did the entire renovation in ten. It was insanely fast. But fun. Naomi brought a great eye and taste to the project and was a terrific creative partner.”