Naomi Watts’ personal trainer has revealed how the actress undertook on a gruelling workout regime in order to transform herself into Princess Diana for the upcoming movie Diana.
New York-based fitness guru Simone De La Rue told Health & Fitness magazine how she got Naomi Watts into shape using her tried and tested methods of resistance training combined with danced-based cardio.
Simone De La Rue, who also counts Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon and Anne Hathaway as her clients, is famed for her tough yet effective dance work-outs.
She explained how she works with clients like Naomi Watts for three months to achieve the best results.
Simone De La Rue got Naomi Watts into shape using her tried and tested methods of resistance training combined with danced-based cardio
Simone De La Rue, an ex-professional dancer said: “When working towards a specific goal with a client, I encourage them to train five or more times a week, for one hour a day.”
“I set a programme that constantly challenges my clients and, during the last three weeks, we really increase the intensity.”
Simone De La Rue, 38, added that for her role as Princess Diana, Naomi Watts, 44, carried out a great deal of cardio work but the dance element makes it “a fun way to get your sweat on and burn calories”.
The fitness guru, who is originally from Australia, says her core-strengthening sessions, which incorporate pilates, yoga and dance, have become a favorite with celebrities because they deliver “long and lean” results.
One of her most famous clients is Sandra Bullock, who turned to the Body By Simone (BBS) workouts after she split from husband Jesse James in 2011.
Simone De La Rue revealed: “Sandy wanted to focus on her upper arms so we used wrist weights and slowly moved the arms in a move that mimics the <<Port De Bras>>.”
A personal session at her studio BBS studio in New York would set you back around $175, but group sessions cost a more reasonable $35.
Naomi Watts says she really believes Princess Diana gave her “permission” from beyond the grave to play her in a new film about her love life.
Naomi Watts, 44, admits the claim will sound unusual, but says the experience left her feeling more comfortable in the title role of the movie Diana.
Playing the Princess was, says he British-Australian actress, her hardest ever role.
“I kept wondering to myself <<Would she like it?>>,” Naomi Watts reveals.
“So I found myself constantly asking for her permission to carry on. I had saturated myself with Diana and her life and I felt this enormous responsibility of playing this iconic woman.
“It felt like I was spending a lot of time with her. There was one particular moment when I felt her permission was granted. That won’t sound right in print, I know.”
Naomi Watts, whose previous film roles have included The Impossible and Mulholland Drive, feared that she was not physically similar enough to Princess Diana, who died in 1997.
The biopic, which opens next month, focuses on the final two years of Princess Diana’s life and includes details of her relationships following her divorce from Prince Charles – notably with Dodi Fayed and with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan.
Naomi Watts says she really believes Princess Diana gave her “permission” from beyond the grave to play her in a new film about her love life
Dr. Hasnat Khan, played by Lost actor Naveen Andrews, met Princess Diana in 1995 and their relationship is understood to have grown very intense – even talking of marriage together and starting a new life in Australia.
Producer Robert Bernstein has explained how the film-makers approached the relationship sensitively after discussions with Dr. Hasnat Khan and his family.
He said: “The way we are treating the relationship is one of a romantic and tender nature, in keeping with how we feel about Diana and her life.
“It’s a very aspirational, sympathetic portrait and not voyeuristic. Our sense of their relationship was that it was very spiritual and sensitive, as well as difficult, obviously. We are handling it very sensitively.”
Princess Diana’s secret affair with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan ended when they both realized that they couldn’t live a “normal” life, says the film’s screenwriter, Stephen Jeffreys.
“I think Diana was very attracted to Hasnat because of what he did. He had wonderful surgeon’s hands and eyes and she was tremendously excited to be near someone who was doing good work.
“However, in order to do that good work he couldn’t possibly be in the eye of a media storm.
“When you are doing 12-hour-long heart operations you can’t come out of that and then have a her towards him meant they couldn’t stay together.
“I think that it was a relationship, which I’m sure we’ve all experienced, where you go on longer with it than rationally you should.
“You kind of know it’s not going to work and there are clear reasons why, but the heart overrules the head.”
Stephen Jeffreys, who based his script on journalist Kate Snell’s book, Diana: Her Last Love, and his own extensive research, believes there was a chance that, had she lived, Diana and Khan would have got back together.
“There was an escape plan that they would go to South Africa or Australia when the boys were older. But in the end I think it was a love affair that was defeated by practicalities.”
Stephen Jeffreys’ screenplay centres on the relationship between Khan and Diana. Her more publicized romance with Dodi Fayed, who died in the same Paris car crash that killed her on August 31, 1997, only features briefly at the end of the film.
“Our view is, that relationship is less important – it was a summer romance; having looked at what she said, you feel that it was a bit of fun for her.”
Naomi Watts is looking the spitting image of Princess Diana on the new poster of the highly anticipated biopic Diana.
Naomi Watts, 44, shows off her blonde blow dried crop hair do on the promotional image, looking just like the late Princess Diana used to style hers.
The actress also wears regal blue in a glamorous dress and her ears and neck dripping with jewels.
Naomi Watts even wears a ring in the poster, which seems to mimic the ring Prince William gave to Kate Middleton when he proposed to her in memory of his late mother.
The font on the poster gives the tagline: “The legend is never the whole story: Diana.”
The movie still comes just a couple of weeks after a trailer for the film was released.
Naomi Watts is looking the spitting image of Princess Diana on the new poster of the highly anticipated biopic Diana
Diana Spencer died in 1997, but this year the People’s Princess has been brought back to life in a film biopic of her life.
In the film stills from the movie, Naomi Watts brings the beloved royal back to life, recreating famous images of the former Princess of Wales.
The film directed by Olivier Hirschbiegel, follows the final years of the British icon’s life before her tragic death in Paris, that forced the world into mourning.
But while the movie trailer shows Naomi on the red carpets, touring an Angolan minefield and fending off paparazzi on the street, the real story centres on her relationship with a British-Pakistani heart and lung surgeon.
Dr. Hasnat Khan had been described by some as “the love of [Diana’s] life” and the pair reportedly ended their romance just weeks before her death.
The BBC, reported that Hasnat Khan “believed the press intrusion would make his life hell” and their hidden 18-month relationship will certainly feature throughout the new biopic with Lost‘s Naveen Andrews taking on the role of the surgeon.
In preparation for the film, Naomi Watts spent six weeks with a dialogue coach and got access to Princess Diana’s actual wardrobe, and Vanity Fair report that she had “visits from the late People’s Princess during [her] dreams” and made use of a prosthetic nose.
Diana is due in U.K. theatres in September – it does not yet have a U.S. release date.
Film company Ecosse has released the first image of Naomi Watts playing Diana, Princess of Wales.
British-born actress Naomi Watts is starring in a film that portrays the last two years of Princess Diana’s life.
Principal photography started this week. The film is due out next year.
Speaking from the set, Naomi Watts said: “I’m excited and honored to be playing the role of a truly remarkable woman, who had such a positive and profound impact in so many ways.”
Since being announced in February, the film has changed its name from Caught in Flight to the simpler Diana.
Film company Ecosse has released the first image of Naomi Watts playing Diana, Princess of Wales
Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel of Downfall fame, it is believed to explore the princess’s relationship with the heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
The pair had a discreet romantic affair that began in 1995 and ended a few months before her death in August 1997.
Ecosse said the biopic “charts how finding true personal happiness allowed her to achieve her defining successes, as she evolved into a major international campaigner and humanitarian”.
Dr. Hasnat Khan will be played by Naveen Andrews, from The Buddha of Suburbia and Lost, with other cast members including Douglas Hodge and Juliet Stevenson.
It is rumored the film will also touch upon the princess’s relationship with Dodi Al Fayed, and her death following a Paris car crash.
Ecosse directors Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae have moved to quash any criticism of the film, saying that “everyone’s aim [was] to produce a truly insightful and compassionate study of Diana’s later years”.
Naomi Watts, 43, rose to fame in Australian soap opera Home and Away before enjoying big-screen success in King Kong, 21 Grams and Mulholland Drive.
Naomi Watts is six years older than Diana was when she died.