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Naomi Watts: 'Playing Princess Diana was high pressure'

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Naomi Watts has admitted that she felt "high pressure" while playing Princess Diana.

Watts recently finished shooting for an upcoming biopic about the late royal, but confessed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she hesitated before taking on the role.

Naomi Watts, Princess Diana

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"I tried to say no," she said. "But I guess every time I said no, I rang back up and said, 'Oh, I change my mind'."

Watts added: "I think just the pressure, because we all feel we know her so well. The pressure of that is scary, because everybody thinks, 'Oh, you're not the right look or whatever'."

Watts, who has previously admitted that she was "dreading" the public's reaction when her casting was announced, added that she discovered during her research that Princess Diana had a "great sense of humour".

"And she was kind of a rebel," Watts continued. "In a really kind of good way."

Watts has said before that she wants to do the Princess "justice" and "help tell her story truthfully" in the movie, which is due out next year.

Watch Naomi Watts speaking about playing Princess Diana below:

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