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Naomi Watts’ “ballsy” move to get Liev Schreiber to call her

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber seem meant to be, but there was a time when Watts thought he might slip through her fingers. She did what she had to do to make sure he called her.

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It seems like Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber are the perfect couple, but it may not have happened at all if Naomi Watts didn’t take some serious steps to get Schreiber to call her. The actress explained how he wasn’t going to make the move, so she had to.

“It was a lot more ballsy than I would ever normally be,” Watts told Allure magazine. “Normally I want a guy to make the first move, and he wasn’t.”

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The two actors first met at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in 2005, and Watts realized making the move may have been her only chance.

“Then he got up to say he was leaving and I was like, ‘Oh s***. Probably another couple years are going to pass by.’ I was wildly attracted to him and his work, so I said something cheeky as he was about to walk out,” she remembered. “I said, ‘Don’t you want my digits?’ Because I couldn’t possibly say, ‘Would you like my phone number?'”

The bold move worked on Schreiber, and she said, “It made him laugh.”

“He texted me five minutes later saying, ‘Would you like to go for a drink now?’ And I said, ‘No, I’ll meet you for breakfast tomorrow.'”

That was eight years ago, and the couple have been together since, and now have two children.

Her professional life seems to be going just as well as her personal life. The actress attributes some of that to hitting the 40 mark, which she did five years ago.

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“Women in their 40s have gone through quite a few different things, and so the roles are going to reflect that,” she said. “People say, ‘Oh, it’s done by 40,’ and now everyone knows it’s not. I actually feel like the roles are a lot more interesting.”

The latest interesting role Watts took on was portraying Princess Diana for a new, and somewhat controversial, film. Diana will be out in theaters Nov. 1.

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