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Liev Schreiber is 'father figure' for Naomi Watts

Liev Schreiber is 'father figure' for Naomi Watts

Liev Schreiber is a "father figure" for Naomi Watts.

The 46-year-old actress sadly lost her dad to a heroin overdose when she was just seven years old but she sees the Hollywood hunk, whom she married in 2005 and has sons Sasha, seven and Samuel, five, with, as her role model.

Naomi's mother Myfanwy Edwards - who's known as Miv - told the Daily Mail Australia: "He's [Liev is] a great, very intelligent, wonderful guy and great father. He makes magic for the children on a daily basis. He's got stories and fires their imagination.

"He's solid, he's a great guy, a real New Yorker who has a lot of integrity. He's definitely a strong father figure for her [Naomi]."

The blonde star rarely opens up about her dad Peter Watts' death but her mum believes the pain she suffered because of his tragic passing has made her into the successful actress she is today.

Miv explained: "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."

Naomi used her heartbreak to help her with movie roles like the 2003 US drama '21 Grams', which sees her play a woman who loses her husband and two daughters in a dreadful hit and run.

Miv added: "With Naomi, it's [Pete's death has] been an enormous help for her films like '21 Grams' ... that emotion is buried in there, she uses it, she can work with that. 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."