My inspiration: Naomi Watts shares the spotlight with tsunami survivor Maria at Madrid premiere of The Impossible
23:47 GMT, 8 October 2012
Naomi Watts' next film role sees the actress play Spanish tsunami survivor Maria Belon.
So it was only appropriate the two women shared the spotlight at the movie's Spanish premiere on Monday night.
Looking stunning in a white dress with ruched sleeves, Kent-born Naomi, 44, cosied up to Maria, who allowed film-makers to share her personal story of survival with the world.
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All white now: Naomi Watts wears a ruched sleeved dress to the Madrid premiere of The Impossible
Thank you: Naomi portrays tsunami survivor Maria Belon in the upcoming movie
Dr Belon, her husband Henry and their three sons were holidaying in Thailand when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit on December 26, 2004.
The film shows injured Maria and her oldest son – played by rising British star Tom Holland – fighting to find her husband (Ewan McGregor) and her other two sons in the disaster zone following the tsunami.
The film tells the story of how they tried to find each other and the kindness of strangers.
On-screen son: Naomi and Tom Holland, who plays Maria's eldest son Lucas
Also at the Spanish premiere was director Juan Antonio Bayona and young Tom, who previously starred in the West End production of Billy Elliott.
In a recent interview, Naomi admitted she found the tsunami scenes incredibly challenging to film because they were so physical.
She told Flicksandbits.com: 'I would have to say the stuff at the
beginning was the hardest, physically – as I’m not Tom’s age, I’m not
25, I’m not even 30! I’m into my 40s now so it’s not normal for
me to be thrust around, it was a hard thing to do – and repeatedly
thrust round for a month.
Sharing her story: The two women has grown close during the making of the movie
'I remember being asked while filming to say
this or that, and I was like, “I can’t speak! I’ve got a mouthful of
water.” So that was definitely the hardest. But this journey has been
such an incredible experience, highs and lows.
Last month, Noami premiered the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the cast received a standing ovation.
The Impossible hits cinemas December 21 in the US and January 4 in the UK.