Where Does Naomi Watts Seek Fashion Advice? The Answer Might Surprise You

10/31/2013 at 12:01 PM ET

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Who needs a stylist when you already have a team of super-adorable fashion critics living in-house? What Naomi Watts‘s style squad lacks in height, they make up for in honesty.

“When I get ready for a premiere I ask my sons which dress do they like just for fun and they often say, ‘No, I don’t like that dress,'” Watts, 45, told PEOPLE at the U.S. premiere of Diana in New York on Wednesday. “Kids don’t filter. So it’s always a good way to get the truth.”

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And it looks like the actress’s boys Sasha, 6, and Kai, 4, provide sound advice. They gave Mom the stamp of approval on the floral midnight-blue Michael Kors gown she donned at the Entertainment One and Cinema Society screening of her anticipated royal biopic. (And her sons were right: The floral design is also getting the seal of approval from PEOPLE readers.)

Portraying the Princess was a challenge for the Oscar nominee, but dressing like her was fun. The actress says she’s always admired Diana’s elegant style. Her favorite piece is the blue one-shoulder silk Versace gown that Diana wore to a benefit gala in Sydney in October 1996. “It is very strong, graphic and bold,” said Watts. “It still could be worn today.”

In the film, the Aussie had the chance to wear an unaltered frock worn by the late Princess of Wales.

“I did wear an Azagury dress that she actually wore and it was quite eerie,” said Watts. “And I was surprised how short she wore it. I’m shorter than her and for a princess it was quite risqué.”

– Paul Chi

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