I had to drive for hours into the Valley to pick up three bits of paper for some horrendous piece of shit, then go back the next day and line up for two hours to meet the casting director who would barely give me eye contact. –Watts on her early struggles and occasionally considered leaving the business, but: "there were always little bites.Whenever I felt I was at the end of my rope, something would come up. But for me it was 'work begets work'; that was my motto." In 1996, she starred alongside Joe Mantegna, Kelly Lynch and J. Walsh in George Hickenlooper's action-thriller Persons Unknown; alongside James Earl Jones, Kevin Kilner and Ellen Burstyn in the period drama Timepiece; in Bermuda Triangle, a TV pilot that was not picked up for a full series, where she played a former documentary filmmaker who disappears in the Bermuda Triangle; She said in an interview in 2012, "That really should not be on my résumé!Encouraged, Watts decided to move to America, to pursue her career further.In 1993 she had a small role in the John Goodman film Matinee and temporarily returned to Australia to star in three Australian films: another of Duigan's pictures, Wide Sargasso Sea; the drama The Custodian; and had her first leading role in the film Gross Misconduct, as a student who accuses one of her teachers (played by Jimmy Smits) of raping her.
(1990), Brides of Christ (1991), Home and Away (1991) and the coming-of-age comedy-drama film Flirting (1991).
I think the director liked me but the studio didn't.
I heard every piece of feedback you could imagine, and in this case, it was 'not sexy enough'." Watts recalled her early career in an interview in 2002, saying, "It is a tough town. The most painful thing has been the endless auditions.
Much of her early career is filled with near misses in casting, as she was up for significant roles in films such as 1997's The Postman and The Devil's Advocate and 2000's Meet the Parents, which eventually went to other actresses.
In an interview in 2012, Watts said, "I came to New York and auditioned at least five times for Meet the Parents.