Naomi Watts has spoken candidly about the grief of losing her father at the age of seven.
The actress’ father Peter, who worked as a sound engineer for Pink Floyd, tragically died of an apparent heroin overdose at the age of 31, when Naomi was seven years old.
The King Kong star, 55, told Marie Claire Australia, she will never get over the death of her famous dad.
‘The grief never goes away but playing [different roles in movies] you find news ways of understanding it,’ she said.
‘Still to this day as a 55-year-old woman I wish I’d witnessed what it was like to have a father to speak to at various times in my life.’
Naomi Watts has said she will never get over the death of her father after Pink Floyd roadie overdosed on heroin: ‘The grief never goes away’
‘I wish that he’d been there to pat me on the back when I’ve had successful moments or complex moments that I’ve been troubled by.’
Peter and Naomi’s costume designer mother Myfanwy, known as Miv, divorced when she was four years old.
Naomi has previously told how Pink Floyd, who Peter worked for, gave Miv a few thousand pounds to ‘get things underway’ after his death, but they still struggled.
It is not the first time she has spoken about her grief and previously told how she is still ‘grappling’ with the tragic loss many decades later as an adult.
Speaking to Vogue Australia in 2021, she said: ‘Having grown up losing my dad at a very early age, I think that’s a story I know well; it’s still sorting itself out at the ripe age of 52.’
‘Through that, you lose a part of yourself … you feel like you’re not fully formed in a way,’ she added.
The actress’ father Peter, who worked as a sound engineer for Pink Floyd , sadly died of an apparent heroin overdose at the age of 31, when Naomi was seven years old
Naomi’s mother Miv also previously spoke about the devastating loss to Daily Mail Australia, recalling: ‘It left scars. It was a shock.’
‘His death made Naomi incredibly determined. It had a profound effect on her, as it did on the entire family,’ she said.
‘It’s a terrible thing to happen to anyone, especially at that age when she needed her dad. We had no inkling he was using heroin at all.’
‘Still to this day as a 55-year-old woman I wish I’d witnessed what it was like to have a father to speak to at various times in my life,’ she said