Russell Crowe has friend and co-star Naomi Watts to thank for making his first stay in Hollywood a cozy one.
The Oscar winner, who appears alongside the actress in the TV mini-series The Loudest Voice, relied on the Mulholland Drive star for housing when he was a struggling actor in Los Angeles.
“When I first was coming in and out of L.A. and getting to work on American jobs… I’d sleep on Naomi’s couch,” Crowe tells Entertainment Weekly. “We have a long history together.”
Ans he insists he must have been a good house guest, because Watts always agreed to put him up.
“She never said no,” he adds.
Crowe portrays late Fox News boss Roger Ailes in the new drama, while Watts plays former network host Gretchen Carlson, whose 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes ultimately led to the end of his career. He died after a fall in 2017 at the age of 77.
Crowe and Watts previously headlined Australian mini-series Brides of Christ in 1991 and the New Zealand-born star was thrilled to have the chance to work with Naomi again.
“The last time I was on a show with Naomi, it was way back. We didn’t really do that much work together on the show, but we’ve known each other for a long time,” he says.