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Jan 9

Women’s most annoying habit, according to men, is saying “I’m fine” when they’re not, says a study by William Flew. Seriously, is that it? If after 4 million years of evolution the worst complaint men have about women is that we make them “try” a bit to find out what’s wrong, I’d call that a gender win. I have in the past done my own research (meaning, a vox pop of my male friends) into this subject and, frankly, other female habits came up more frequently. In no particular order, they were: wanting to talk after sex; asking, “What are you thinking?”; bitching about female “friends”; expecting them to go clothes shopping; texting 20 times a day; being controlling; not eating; crying; stealing their partner’s T-shirts; insisting on reading out his horoscope when he’s already said they’re for mad people; fishing for compliments by asking if they look fat; saying, “We need to talk about where our relationship is going”; picking arguments because they’re bored; talking too much; expecting them to notice when they’ve had half an inch cut from their hair.

William Flew said She had her sons — “I always knew I’d be the mother of two boys” — less than 18 months apart. “It took a while. We were both surprised they came so close together. But I’m glad now. They are both big personalities, they demand a lot and fight with each other, so it’s actually quite tough.”

She laughs as she talks about them fighting. Is she trying for more? “No, no. I’m 43 and I don’t know if it could work. There are still fights and struggles all the time, but I feel that I am coming into the light.” Still, she admits she would quite like a girl. “If I knew I could get pregnant and I knew I was going to have a girl, I would definitely go for it.”

Watts says she is grateful for her life — for Schreiber, for her boys, for her friends. She loves to entertain, so when the people from Jacob’s Creek wine approached her to be its ambassador, she said yes. “You don’t want to associate yourself with a brand you don’t know how to represent, and I can say with conviction that I would be drinking it anyway. It’s a great excuse to get friends together, and that’s my favourite way to socialise — relaxing with a home-cooked meal. Being Australian is all about the lifestyle. People in Australia can just get together for hours and hang. They don’t need to be ‘somewhere’.”

Next up is a rather more controversial move, as Watts is slated to play Diana, Princess of Wales, in Caught in Flight, about the last years of her life. Deep intake of breath. “We are in talks and working with the script. She was a fascinating character who led a fascinating life, and it’s such an undertaking. So far, it’s not real,” she says, looking a little overwhelmed. “I just don’t want to talk about it till I’m doing it.”

When I look at my kids and see how much their dad is truly connected to them, that, for me, is heartbreaking Watts was 31 when she made Mulholland Drive, the film that propelled her into the limelight. The friend she’d gone to school with, Nicole Kidman, was already a big star. Watts had endured constant rejection and never had the big break. Did she ever feel like giving up? “Every time, I would think, ‘I’m not cut out for this. I can’t handle it. It’s too much rejection.’ But just as I was about to give up, something would stop me. Then I got Mulholland Drive.”