The actress had help from a "flirty" Calvin Klein dress and a little white lie

By Sara Hammel
September 26, 2011 08:00 AM
Courtesy More

From the sound of it, Liev Schreiber never had a chance.

His longtime love, Naomi Watts, says that when she first met him at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual costume ball a few years ago, the attraction was clear.

“I was wearing Calvin Klein, a very flirty, feminine dress,” the actress says in the October issue of More.

Sparks flew – and since both were single, they exchanged numbers.

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“We spoke on the phone for several weeks and emailed,” says Watts, who had to return to Los Angeles at the time. “And then I made up some excuse to come to New York and the rest is history.”

The couple have been together since 2005 and have two children, Sasha, 4, and Kai, 2 ½.

Watts, who can next be seen in the films Dream House and J. Edgar, also reminisced about ex-boyfriend Heath Ledger, who died at 28 from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008.

“We had a beautiful relationship, only a couple of years, but he was a man who was completely full of joy, and there was a lot of laughing and affection,” Watts says.

“He was really a very special soul and made a great impact on my life,” she said. “And a great actor, but I know there was so much more to come. And it’s a tragedy for his little daughter [Matilda Rose].”

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