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  • Actor Allusion: She's played a struggling actress in LA twice - in Mulholland Dr. and Ellie Parker.
  • Creator Backlash: She wasn't fond of Diana, calling the production "a sinking ship".
  • Fake American: She plays this more often than her own nationality.
  • Fake Brit: She is British but grew up in Australia and so has to fake the accent. She does so in The Painted Veil, Diana and The Impossible.
  • Money, Dear Boy: She has no qualms in stating tht the reason she appeared in most of her pre-Mulholland Dr. (and thus pre-fame) movies was that she needed the money.
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  • Old Shame: Most of her films before Mulholland Dr., which she did just for the money.
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • Just about. There's only eighteen years between her and her on-screen son Theo James (who is relying heavily on Dawson Casting) in Divergent. Evelyn does at least say she was "very young" when she ran away. If her age is the same as Naomi's, that would put her at twenty-two when she faked her death.
    • Ironically, it's averted when she literally played Gertrude in Ophelia; Watts was forty-eight/forty-nine years old during filming and Hamlet's actor George MacKay was twenty-five (making for a twenty-four year gap). In fact, Gertrude being an older woman with an adult son is a source of angst for her in the story.
  • Playing with Character Type: She's normally some kind of The Woobie who endures a lot of suffering. As Evelyn in the Divergent films, she's a Jerkass Woobie who causes a lot of suffering. She's also brunette!
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  • Reality Subtext: She has a fear of swimming in deep water, making some of her scenes in The Impossible rather appropriate.
  • Romance on the Set: With Liev Schreiber while filming The Painted Veil, although they had met before they started filming. They separated in autumn 2016, after eleven years together, and have two kids.
  • Star-Making Role: Mulholland Dr. and The Ring were pretty significant turning points in her career.
  • Those Two Actors: She's starred with Sean Penn in three films.
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