Naomi Watts, who is currently filming Diana in London until late August before production moves to Mozambique in September, knows exactly what those fans are thinking.
“An awful lot of pressure comes with that, so you want to get it right,” Watts said of taking on the role, something she was hesitant to do. ”I was dreading people saying `she looks nothing like Diana’, and `why her and not somebody else?’ But I couldnt not do it.”
To prepare for playing “one of the most famous, if not the most famous, women” of her time, Watts spent six weeks with a dialogue coach and watched Diana’s 1995 Panorma interview on repeat, according to News Limited. Watts also uses four wigs and a prosthetic nose piece to get the part right.
In addition to all this, Watts wears several Jacques Azagury dresses in the film that once belong to the Princess of Wales, and Versace custom-made a replica of the one-shoulder blue silk dress Diana wore to a 1996 Cardiac Research Institute benefit in Sydney, Australia.
Director Oliver Hirschbeigel told World News Ltd on location that his leading lady has nailed the portrayal. ”Its scary. Sometimes it’s as if you’re watching the ghost of Diana,” he said. This film focuses in on Diana’s life after divorcing Prince Charles, centering on her relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan (played by Naveen Andrews).
Watts is also concerned about how Diana’s boys will react to the film.
“Were not trying to destroy any memory,” Watts said, very aware of the criticism surrounding the film. ”We’re trying to show her in the best possible light as a human being, though, full of different layers. It’s a story that should be told. A piece of history. But its tricky because they are here, the boys. I think about that a lot.”
Watts also said that she may have gotten approval from the late princess herself.
“This is a first, but I find myself dreaming about her,” Watts, on location today (August 8th) on Queens Square in Hemel Hempstead in England, said. ”I felt like I was spending time with her. One particular time, I felt that permission was granted.”