Naomi Watts Wishes She Had More Kids

09/22/2014 at 11:30 AM ET

In Naomi Watts‘s family life, bigger is better.

The mom of sons Sasha, 7, and Kai, 5½, tells MORE that if she could redo one thing, she’d want a bigger brood.

“I should have had more kids, started younger,” the actress says in the magazine’s October issue, on newsstands Tuesday.

But Watts, who turns 46 this week, has two boys to keep her busy (with the help of partner Liev Schreiber).

“Liev has a lot more courage than me,” she says of their complementary parenting styles. “He’s always saying, ‘Let the kids do it. Take the training wheels off!’ My bit of fear balances him, and he balances my fear.”

Naomi Watts in More Mark Abrahams/More Magazine

Not that the St. Vincent star lacks courage — though motherhood has made her a bit more cautious.

“I’ve skydived. I went swimming with sharks that weren’t in cages. I went on safari, where you’re sitting with lions just five feet from you. And I was photographed [by Condé Nast Traveler] for King Kong standing on a gargoyle near the top of the Chrysler Building in New York City. I had a harness and a rope, but if you fall, you’re hanging [61 floors up]!” she says. “But now that I have kids, I don’t want to do so many daredevily things anymore.”

The one crazy thing she’d still love to relive? Childbirth.

“I feel like the births of my children were so huge, but I don’t remember either of them well,” she explains. “I wish I could have it all back but without the pain.”

Naomi Watts More cover Mark Abrahams/More Magazine

— Michele Corriston


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Nicole on

Typical selfish actress. You can have more kids, dolt. How about adopting or being a foster parent

Jean on

Not all people who want kids want to adopt. That doesn’t make them “selfish” people. I hope to have children one day (29 years old right now, want to wait a couple more years to start trying). If for some reason I can’t have children I would be perfectly happy living with my husband and any pets we have over the years.

DaisyMoon on

I must have those shoes…

CJ on

At least you have two..There are women out there who cannot have any..or better yet have to either use a surrogate or IVF or adopt..Be grateful for what you have instead of what you should’ve had.If it was meant to be to have more at the time it would’ve happened.

Dogman69 on

Hindsight is 20/20! I wish I had waited to purchase my first home back in 2006. Ouch! I sure learned from that mistake!! Can’t do anything about the past, but you can enjoy tomorrow.

Sally on

Hey CJ:

Some of us adopted as a first choice. We didn’t “have to” (shudders!) adopt.

Liev1 on

Nicole.. How many of your children are adopted?

Anonymous on

She looks good. I’ve always liked her as a person and an actress.

Marcia on

She’s gorgeous and seems like a very nice person. And yes, those shoes are to die for.

Lilah on

One of the best actresses of all time.

Mariel on

I get her meaning, though in 10 years when both boys are teens, she may be singing a different tune and be glad she had two. She looks great!

Kim on

Nicole, one of mine is adopted. I still loved being pregnant and would do it again. Am I selfish? Are you an actual adoptive mom? She makes her choice about parenting. Make yours.

rachel on

I’ve heard so many women say this — that they wish they had more children. Not the moms in the thick of the baby/preschool/young elementary school years, but the moms with tweens, teens, and soon-to-be empty nesters. I’m hoping they’re right because we’re trying for a 4th. We’re right in the thick of the young preschool years and it feels crazy to add a 4th, but women 10-15 years ahead of me always say to definitely do it.

laura on

That photo is kind of creepy: very ugly shoes!

As for childbirth, I’ve heard many women say they want to “do it again” because they “forgot” the last time or all the times. Seems to me she might have a dozen kids and not remember their births.

My regret? That I ever conceived at all.

ElderlyWoman on

Uh, based on the fact that she cited ‘starting early’ – it looks like the reason she wouldn’t have any more kids – either biological or adoptive – is because she wouldn’t want to be nearing mid-60s by the time the child graduated high school…I hardly think that makes her selfish….and if there is ANYONE on her who hasn’t waxed about the ‘coulda, shoulda, woulda’ games with their own lives, lemme be the first to call you a liar. The only difference is that your ‘coulda, shoulda, wouldas’ are printed in a magazine (or the Internet) for everyone to sit around calling you selfish and/or trying to shame you or guilt you for doing so by telling you that you should be grateful for what you have…

Noneya on

OMG! The woman stated HER opinion! PERIOD!!!

Lala on

I love this article! I’ve heard from many women, that one of their regrets, is not having more kids. It’s so interesting to me, that there are so many other women out there, offended that another woman would want more children. Or that someone actually enjoys children. She stated she wished she had started younger, so obviously age is a factor for having more biological, and maybe even adopting.

My husband and I have talked about adoption, but have always said we’d never adopt a child, older than our oldest bio child. Some people just have different opinions about how they imagine their family.

Also, adoption is not for everyone, and it’s good they know that, before adopting. I also don’t think it’s right, telling someone to be happy with the kids they have. There’s nothing wrong with desiring more children, and it does not take the focus off the ones you’ve already been blessed with. Pretty sure anyone who wants more kids, already realizes how blessed they are.

J.C. on

Finally, an actress who is brave enough to be honest! Thank you, Ms. Watts! Many of us feel the same.

Anonymous on

Watts seems like a nice mom. How about try adoption for a change?

SAR on

“I wish I’d had more children” is code for “I wish I had a daughter.” Naomi has said several times before that she’s always wanted a girl. But I guess it’s just not meant to be. Too bad, because she and Liev make gorgeous babies.

eve0305 on

What exactly is wrong with saying she wishes she had more? The adoption IVF comments etc… – Can women just support each other? Maybe try saying – yes it is an incredible thing to have a child (if that is our path and desire) no matter how you get it and I can see why a mom would want to keep doing it! Not attack attack attack every female who says anything in a magazine.

Midwest mom on

She’s just sharing her feelings…. Can you give her a break? Good grief. I’m sure she is very grateful for the two, healthy kids she has, that doesn’t mean she can’t express how she wishes she had more. Her two are so great, she wants more, being a mom is so wonderful, she wants more… It is a compliment to her kids and Liev.

Kate on

Glad she is honest, yes she is still able to adopt.

Niko on

What are you talking about, Nicole? We all have regrets. Hers is not having more kids. That makes her a selfish dolt? You make zilch sense….

Barbara on

If Naomi is still young enough to have another child, I think she should. Or perhaps a surrogate could carry a child for her and Leiv. Many women are having children in there 40s.

Nancy on

These comments crack me up. Perhaps the Comment section should be removed. Can’t people say anything nice? No, they have to PICK apart anything they perceive as negative. My GOD it’s an article about Naomi Watts and HER OPINION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got to stop reading this crap.

Laurel on

LOVE her dress! I always liked her, as a person and an actress. One of my favorite!

julia on

Everyone’s a critic…

Eddy on

Why isn’t alright for her to have regrets? Doesn’t everyone have them? The article is not about us, it’s her sharing her feelings. By the way, loved, loved, loved her in King Kong. Her acting was fantastic and she should have gotten an Oscar. (Every emotion on her face during that film — could be felt.) Kudos to you Naomi!!!!

angie on

She is a good actress. Loved her movie “The Impossible”.

yahoo on

Liev didn’t want more than two, so that solves that doesn’t it? She couldn’t rope him in for more. I swear some women.

And those shoes some think are great will kill you. You notice she isn’t standing up in them.

Storm on

Adoption really isn’t that straight-forward, even though a lot of Hollywood actresses may make it appear so. It is not a case of just deciding you want to adopt, then, here you go, here is your new baby. It can be a huge gamble, and her biological children may not take well to it. I was adopted myself and I can tell you it is not an easy ride. You don’t always feel massively grateful, you often wish you were never born, you don’t have the same connection with your parents (because yes, biology does count for something, and the natural hormonal ties are part of what enables parents to love their children unconditionally and vice versa) and you inevitably think alot about your biological family, especially as you get older. So no, I don’t think anyone should say to anyone who can’t have any more kids, or any kids at all “just adopt”. It is really not that simple at all. I think Naomi is very fortunate to have two beautiful healthy boys and she was in her late 30s when she started so had lower chances of conceiving. I don’t blame her for wanting more but I hope she is not too wistful or focussing too much on wanting a girl as it’s not fair on her boys. She has been very lucky in love and family and I just hope she fully appreciates that.

Dana on

Interesting…usually people regret something that they DID NOT do, not something that they did already. You have two healthy boys…what are you complaining about?! Exactly, adopt some children or whatever.

Hea on

All of you saying she should adopt… I don’t know what the adoption laws and regulations are in the States but where I live, it’s HARD to adopt. It takes years, deep investigations into your personal lives and it costs a lot of money. Now I’m sure they have money but adoption isn’t an actual option for everyone.

charlotte on

Wow. Some incredibly harsh comments from some incredibly catty biotches on here! Naomi made an honest comment on what her “do over” would be and out come the claws. I don’t she she deserves all this backlash. I think she is fantastic and her honesty refreshing! And she looks great to boot!

Vann on

The shoes she wear looks great on this photo shoot, like 6 inches long, kinda elegant, probably not suitable for walking.

yahoo on

Seriously Charlotte, how to you know she is being honest? I suppose you know this woman personally? Make some sense….please.

Amanda on

Why do you all have to find anything wrong with her regrets? Like it is personal to you in any way.
I’m have 4 kids and I would love to have more, unfortunately while it is likely that I could physically have more it wouldn’t be financially responsible for us to have any more. Will I regret that? Maybe. Doesn’t change the facts, love isn’t all children need. I absolutely adore the children I have and am so thankful for them, just because I already have 4 doesn’t mean I long for another any less. I love being a mom, I love having a full, loud house, I love watching them grow and learn. I feel strongly that being a mom is what I was born to do. Some women are meant for lots of kids and others aren’t. Chances are if you are saying she should be thankful for what she has…you weren’t.

marie on

Can relate, but I didn’t find the right man until I was 40 and we were blessed to have our two girls. Something just aren’t do-overs or our of our hands. I hear this so often with my friends in their 40’s.

lovely123 on

I can totally relate to this article. We had two, but I really wanted another. I thought about it for a year – even got a dog to try to fill the feeling of want. We ended up having one more. So very happy that we did!!! Our lives are so much better with three. AMEN!

Vas on

Great actress, kinda down to earth comparing to other Hollywood actresses.

angie on

These are great photos!