Naomi Watts is a regular flyer – she says a glass of red, a good meal and a movie are enough to ensure her a good sleep at 30,000 feet.

What are you doing in Montreal?

I’m going there to shoot a new movie [The Glass Castle, co-starring Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson].

What’s the secret to a stress-free journey?

An exciting destination! 

How far out from a trip do you pack?

I often find out about my travel plans very late in the game so it’s usually last-minute packing. Unless it’s a holiday and then I spend a week packing – and do it three times over.

What’s your approach to packing?

Take just what you need. I love buying things wherever I go. It’s like bringing home some souvenirs.

Do you have a secret to travelling light?

Pack only staple items. Whenever I can, I try to just use hand luggage. It makes travelling that much easier.

Is it actually possible to travel light and still look and feel stylish?

Of course! Pack outfits that complement one another so you can mix and match.

Do you roll or fold your clothes?  

I lay them flat! No folds or creases.

What do you never leave home without?

Necessary electronics, reading material and a good scarf.

Do you get to the airport late or early?

Always on time.

Have you ever missed a plane?

No, never. Have I jinxed myself now?

What’s your routine at the airport?

If I can, I like to grab a quick bite at the lounge before boarding so I can sleep for as long as possible on the plane.

What do you wear on the plane?

I always go for something comfortable.

Do you put on the airline pyjamas?

Yes! It’s a wonderful feeling to get a proper night’s rest at 30,000 feet.

How do you pass the time on a long flight?

I rarely get much time off so I like to relax by catching up on the movies I haven’t had time to watch. I also like to read scripts that have been sent to me. I look forward to a long flight. I can get some rest with no interruptions, which doesn’t happen often.

Aisle or window?


Are you a chatty seat buddy?

Not really…

Do you have a strategy to deal with jet lag?

Try to get as much rest as you can on the plane and keep hydrated. And when you get to your destination, no naps. Hit the ground running and stay active.

Can you sleep on the plane? 

Yes, thankfully.

Is there a secret to that?

A glass of red, a good meal and a movie.

Some say their emotions are heightened in the air. A movie that might not affect you at home will have you blubbering on a plane… 

I think if you watch a movie inflight, the lack of distractions helps you connect with stories more intimately. 

What’s the last book you read on a plane?

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It’s the book on which the movie I’m working on right now is based.

And the last movie you watched on a plane?

Brooklyn. What a great film! 

Image courtesy of Sportscraft

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