'It put everything in perspective': Oscar winner Regina King says her role in Watchmen grounded her following her Best Supporting Actress win

Fresh off her Oscar win Regina King has spoken about her new role on the gritty new TV series Watchmen.

The 48-year-old American actress spoke to the Gold Coast Bulletin about why she chose to move to TV after being so successful on the big screen. 

'For a minute, I went off to this place in my head, like, "This is the ultimate! I have the Oscar! It's happened now! I can rest!"' she said.

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Fresh off her Oscar win Regina King has spoken about her new role on the gritty new TV series Watchmen and said she embraced the morally grey areas about the show

Fresh off her Oscar win Regina King has spoken about her new role on the gritty new TV series Watchmen and said she embraced the morally grey areas about the show

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'But the next day I left Los Angeles to go to Georgia and I was right back on the set of Watchmen getting my a** beat in the dirt, so that kind of kept everything in perspective.'

King picked up the If Beale Street Could Talk's only Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in the movie set in 1970s Harlem.

The actress will be playing the leading roll in the the upcoming HBO series as a wife, a masked detective and a vigilante known as the Sister Night.

The series, adapted from the 1985 graphic novel written by Alan Moore, was previously developed into the hit 2009 film of the same name and it gained an imminence following.

Watchmen is set around a far darker take on a world riddled with superheros than offerings by Disney's Marvel - where the masked crusaders are often not the good guys. 

King said she had never seen a story like it before but relished in the complexities of her character that could challenge the Oscar winning actor

King (centre right) will be playing the leading roll in the the upcoming HBO series as a wife, a masked detective and a vigilante known as the Sister Night

King (centre right) will be playing the leading roll in the the upcoming HBO series as a wife, a masked detective and a vigilante known as the Sister Night

The actress said she loved the grey areas of the plot and characters that draw into question the morality of the main heroes.

However she didn't love everything about her role, often finding the intimate sex scenes with her co-star husband Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to be 'awkward and uncomfortable'. 

King said her switch back to TV was due to the fact it gave the 48-year-old more time at home with her son that the busy schedule of making movies simply did not allow.

The HBO series Watchmen will premier 8.30pm on Monday on Fox Showcase.

The actress said she often found the intimate sex scenes with her co-star husband Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (right) to be 'awkward and uncomfortable'

The actress said she often found the intimate sex scenes with her co-star husband Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (right) to be 'awkward and uncomfortable'

Oscar winner Regina King praises her star role in Watchmen for grounding her

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