The two actors, parents of sons Alexander, 9, and Samuel, 7, announced their split exactly two months ago. They had been together for 11 years.
"I feel I'm in a good place in my life and I want to make sure my kids are healthy, my kids are happy and things are going to go well. Those are my hopes for me and for all of us," Watts told The Daily Telegraph Australia in an interview published Saturday in what marks her first comments about the split since the couple's announcement.
"I feel, whether you're famous or not, transitions are scary for anybody," the 48-year-old actress said. "I feel like change is always scary, but that's only because transition for anyone is new and you wonder how things are going to go."
Schreiber, 49, has not commented on their split.
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Watts, who grew up in Australia, and the boys spent the Thanksgiving holiday at their beach house in New York, where the actress is also filming the Netflix series Gypsy, which is set to premiere next year. Schreiber is also in New York, starring in the Broadway play Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Watts posted on her Instagram page a photo of her and her sons on a sandy shore.
"Thankful and grateful," she wrote.
"I'm still figuring out Christmas plans for this year," Watts told The Daily Telegraph Australia. "I obviously want to get back to Australia, but I'm currently working on a TV show, Gypsy, and I've only got a limited amount of time off."