Naomi Watts: Sasha and Kai Think I Work In a Trailer

10/03/2010 at 04:00 PM ET

As a working mother whose job is to play make-believe, Naomi Watts says her two boys with fiancé Liev SchreiberAlexander ‘Sasha’ Pete and Samuel Kai — have interesting ideas when it comes to what their parents do for a living.

“They think our work is in a trailer,” Watts, 42, told PEOPLE at the press conference for her latest film, Fair Game, on Saturday in New York. “They don’t really understand it yet.”

Sons Sasha, 3, and Kai, 21 months, do have an inkling that Watts and Schreiber live more than ordinary lives, however.

“There’s been times where they see a photo or a flash of us on TV and they’ll go, ‘Oh, Mummy!’ Or ‘Daddy!'” she says. “But we try to explain that daddy or mummy has to go to work now and they’ll say, ‘I want to come.'”

Of course, occasionally the toddlers get a little more than they bargained for — especially when it comes to seeing their beloved parents in movie makeup!

“They saw [me] in quite a bad condition,” says Watts, who is currently shooting The Impossible — based on the 2004 tsunami that hit the coast of Thailand — and found it difficult to bring the kids at first.

“I had to explain these ‘ow-wies’ were just pretend,” the actress explains. “It took a little while — we prepped it days in advance and showed them how you can put a little bit of blood on and rub it off.”

— Paul Chi

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Crystal on

Cute story! ♥ them! 🙂

Jenny on

What a cute story ^^. Very cute boys

Anita on

Now THERE’S a reality show I would find interesting!

Grace on


Me too! But I think this family is way too classy to ever consider something like that.

CelebBabyLover on

I love this story! Also, it sounds like Naomi is having a very similar experience to what Angelina Jolie did with at least one of her kids with Salt (ironically enough, Liev plays the male lead in that movie!). I remember her saying that Pax saw a scene in the trailer and got really upset, and she had to explain to him that it was just pretend…and also that her character DOES win in the end! 🙂