Naomi Watts on her early career: 'I was unhireable'

Oscar-nominated actor Naomi Watts visited BUILD Series NYC to discusss her brand-new film "The Book of Henry."

Watts discussed playing a struggling single mother in the heartwarming indie drama alongside young actors Jacob Tremblay, Jaeden Lieberher, and Maddie Ziegler. The English-born actor also touched on parallels between the film and her own life, as well as working with the film's director Colin Trevorrow, and how she got her big break in David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr." after unsuccessfully auditioning for over 10 years.

"I was the person that was pretty much unhireable and freaking people out in the audition process, because I was desperate," said Watts. "[You get rejected and you become sensitive to] what you think they want. That's just a losing battle."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Actress Naomi Watts attends Build to discuss her new film 'The Book Of Henry' at Build Studio on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Actress Naomi Watts attends Build Series to discuss her new film 'The Book Of Henry' at Build Studio on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Actress Naomi Watts attends Build Series to discuss her new film 'The Book Of Henry' at Build Studio on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Actress Naomi Watts attends Build to discuss her new film 'The Book Of Henry' at Build Studio on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Actress Naomi Watts attends Build to discuss her new film 'The Book Of Henry' at Build Studio on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Actress Naomi Watts attends Build Series to discuss her new film 'The Book Of Henry' at Build Studio on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic)
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"[Lynch] definitely wanted someone broken," joked the actor, who starred alongside Laura Harring in the 2001 mystery. "I felt like for the first time in a really long time, someone was actually looking at me and asking me questions with real interest."

Watts then expressed her interest in comedy roles, stating: "I'm not the go-to girl. Early on, I [turned down that kind of stuff] because it wasn't the right thing...I like the more off-the-wall kind of comedies."

Catch Watts in the Netflix thriller series "Gypsy," in the "Twin Peaks" Showtime reboot, and "The Book of Henry" in theatres today.

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