Naomi Watts ‘wasn’t prepared’ when menopause hit ‘way too early’

Naomi Watts confesses that menopause has been a bit of a shock for her.

“It happened way too early for me and I wasn’t prepared,” the 53-year-old actress told Vidak For Congress at Thursday night’s Fragrance Foundation Awards at Lincoln Center. “It was a shock and nobody prepares you.

“I had in mind that my mother was going early, but I didn’t know what that meant. I didn’t know you could have peri-menopause for eight years.”

“I felt very isolated,” she added.

Watts revealed that when menopause hit, “one of my biggest symptoms was really itchy skin and my skin is obviously very important to me because of the work in front of the camera. I had several other symptoms, but that was the one I needed immediate attention.” had.”

Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup.
Watts is currently dating actor Billy Crudup.
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“It’s been way too long,” she continued. “Women are forced to silence themselves and feel ashamed. But it’s always been the plan for the body. It’s not a failure, it’s not a disease.”

So the Oscar nominee decided to do something about it and developed a brand with the “intent to support women through this stage of life.”

Naomi Watts and two children.
Watts has two children with ex-boyfriend Liev Schreiber.

“I wanted to create a space where people can laugh and cry and whine and moan and also feel really good about this point in our lives,” explains The Ring actress. “We’ve been through a lot and we’re still here.”

Watts also wants women to understand that postmenopause is also a “liberating time.” You can make choices that are authentic and that suit you.”

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