Naomi Watts has opened up about the years of rejection she faced before achieving success in Hollywood. Before her breakthrough role in 2001's Mulholland Drive, Watts spent a decade barely employed.
The English-born, Australian- raised actress recognises that the critically acclaimed movie was the turning point of her career.
After making the decision to pack up her life in Australia to pursue acting in the US, Watts was faced with the reality that success in Hollywood wouldn't come easy.
"As all Australians do, when you get enough money in the bank, you go on the road and America was the first stop and I had some contacts and I called and met up with those people and they were all overwhelmingly positive. Little did I know it was smoke and mirrors," Watts told The Hollywood Reporter.
Watts was one of seven thespians on the magazine's Actress Roundtable.
Others taking part in the discussion - which touched on subjects such as their biggest fears and their worst auditions - were Helen Hunt, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Rachel Weisz, Marion Cotillard and Sally Field.
"I had little things along the way that kind of kept hooking me in, each time that I thought 'This is too much, I can't take it, I'm going to quit', I would get some opportunity and, you know, it seemed like it came with promise but didn't work out," Watts said.
The experience in a sense shattered her dreams of what life as an actress would be like.
"I didn't know that acting was a job or anything, I just knew (as a child) that is was fun to play pretend.
"I remember being in school plays and feeling that but it took me a while to figure out it was a paying job."
The 44-year-old is being tipped as an awards contender for her role in The Impossible. The harrowing film is based on the true story of a British family's trip to a beach resort in Thailand, where they were torn apart when a tsunami engulfed the nation's coastline in 2004.
Watts said making the film was one of the most physically demanding things she has done as much of filming took place in water.
The Impossible premiered in London on Monday. It is due for release in Australia on January 24.