Well…not exactly shocking news, but it’s wonderful to hear an official confirmation of Naomi and Liev’s baby joy! Last night Liev confirmed the pregnancy rumors on The Conan O’Brien Show. He and Naomi are indeed expecting a baby.
UPDATE: Conan O’Brien let the stork out of the bag Monday night – by congratulating Liev Schreiber for expecting a baby with Naomi Watts.
“Yes, I’m going to be a dad,” Liev said in response to the announcement by Conan O’Brien. “Very exciting.”
Before that, the couple had been officially mum on the subject. However, a publicist for the Escada fashion house, which designed Naomi’s Oscar gown, revealed the news Sunday in a press release. It read, in part, “The Escada gown set off her most precious new asset – the baby she is expecting with longtime boyfriend Liev Schreiber.”
Liev jokingly told Conan O’Brien that he “gave grief” to Naomi – whom he described as “normally a wallflower” – for her suddenly being so sociable and going to the Oscars. (Liev, meanwhile was back on the East Coast during Oscar night, as he is starring in the Broadway revival of Talk Radio).
“And she said, ‘No, no – it’s a very auspicious thing that our embryo is going to be at the Oscars,’ ” said Liev.
When it comes to selecting a name for the child, “I’m trying to stay out of it all,” he adds. “I’m trying not to make any decisions, because everything that I try to do in service of her or the coming baby is wrong. So I really don’t even go to my house much anymore.”
One thing for sure, however: The baby will not be named Liev. “It’s an awful name,” said Liev. “It’s probably the most oft-mispronounced name in showbiz.”
Naomi, 38, and Liev, 39, started dating in 2005 and were first seen in public at a U2 concert in Manhattan on May 21st of that year.
Naomi’s friend, Australian designer Jayson Brunsdon, recently told People magazine that the actress “will be a great mum. She is the kind of person that looks after you.”