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At 50, Watts relishes in a plethora of rich roles

This June 17, 2019 photo, actress Naomi Watts poses for a portrait in New York. Watts stars in the film “Ophelia,” and the Showtime series “The Loudest Voice,” based on the rise of Fox News and fall of Roger Ailes. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK — It’s often said that actresses have trouble finding meaty roles as they get older, but at age 50, Naomi Watts is flourishing, with two key projects that share a common theme — strong women determined to have their voices heard.

On Sunday, Watts will be seen in the Showtime limited series “The Loudest Voice,” where she stars as Gretchen Carlson in the dramatization of the sexual harassment scandal around the late head of Fox News, Roger Ailes.

She also stars in the film “Ophelia” this month, a retelling of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” with a different perspective.

Watts says it’s “a great time for women of my age.”

And the Oscar-nominated actress still has more coming up, including her role in the upcoming “Game of Thrones” prequel to air on HBO.

Brooke Lefferts, The Associated Press