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Nicole Kidman’s kids weren’t big fans of her latest transformation for a role.

ET’s Nischelle Turner caught up with the 51-year-old Destroyer star and the film’s director, Karyn Kusama, to discuss Kidman’s Golden Globe-nominated transformation into former undercover cop Erin Bell. Kidman is nearly unrecognizable in the film — with short, dark hair, a pallid complexion and dark under-eye circles — so much so that it “scared” her two children with husband Keith Urban, Sunday, 10, and Faith, 7.

“They were a bit scared. They found it scary, yeah,” Kidman admits. “[My character is]… angry and she’s defensive and she’s on a mission and she has a lot of rage, but she also has a lot of pain and heart and is trying to fix the damage and heal things… I think that’s very emotional, but it’s a good story too.”

For the role, Kidman completed makeup tests, one of which was at her home. That, she says, made her transformation into the character all the more real.

“When it becomes in your home and you just kind of there, it’s very gritty,” Kidman notes. “What happens is it becomes authentic, so then it just becomes, like, oh this is very real to me. I’m in this skin. I’m in this person. I’m not standing on the outside trying to make this happen.”

The complete transformation, Kusama reveals, was in large part thanks to Kidman, who wanted to disappear into the character.

“Nicole said something at the very beginning of all of our creative conversations that struck me and was part of why I knew I had to work with her,” Kusama shares. “Which was, ‘I don’t want to look like Nicole Kidman. I don’t even want people to see me. I need people to only see Erin Bell.'”

“That takes a tremendous amount of bravery to kind of jump off that cliff with the director,” Kusama adds. “We could have had very different ideas of what the character looks like, but, in fact, Nicole was so open to exploring the fact that this was a character who wore a lot of pain and a lot of damage and despair in her physical self. It affected the way she spoke, and the way she walked, and the way she thought. You know, the way she reasoned with the world.”

For Kidman, she decided to work off her character’s physical appearance in order to internalize what she was going through.

“I just had to move inside her and the exterior I sort of left up to Karyn,” Kidman says. “I’m now just going to exist in it and out of that came the movement and the voice and all the things that you would think are done by your brain, but were actually done because of the heart and the inside.”

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December 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Last night was the premiere of the film Aquaman in Hollywood. Nicole attended along with her co-stars and I have added images to the gallery from the red carpet. Nicole looked beautiful in a champagne colored, ruffled halterneck gown.

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Nicole Kidman Online > 2018 > December 12 | Aquaman Premiere In Hollywood

December 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Nicole was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly’s 2018 Entertainers Of The Year. Here is an interview she did for the magazine.

The actress on her big year that includes ‘Destroyer,’ ‘Boy Erased’ and ‘Big Little Lies.’

December 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Last night Nicole made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about Aquaman, Destroyer, and Boy Erased.

Nicole Kidman on Keith Urban, Kids & Playing Jason Momoa’s Mom

Nicole talks about changing her looks for the new movie Destroyer, going to all of the awards shows with her husband Keith Urban, her daughters’ response to her Emmy wins, and playing Aquaman’s mom.

December 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I love that the two are still friends! And I think Zoe & Nicole are fabulous on Big Little Lies! Thank you to People for the article.

When Lenny Kravitz turns on the hit series Big Little Lies, both his daughter and his ex-fiancée are on the screen.

The musician, 54, considers it “beautiful” that Zoë Kravitz, 30, and Nicole Kidman, 51, had their paths cross again on the show.

“I thought it was very interesting that they ended up on the same show,” Lenny told a caller on Watch What Happens Live. “And Zoë hadn’t seen Nicole since she was younger, so it was beautiful that they got to know each other as adults and make this great show together.”

Fans dishing for more drama are not going to find it. “And that’s about it,” Lenny said conclusively.

As for his long-ago relationship with Kidman, Lenny expressed no hard feelings on WWHL.

“Some things just don’t work, but the wonderful thing is that we’re all friends,” he said. Kidman wed Keith Urban in 2006.

In February 2017, Kidman told’s magazine The EDIT that Kravitz, her boyfriend in 2003 after her 2001 divorce from Tom Cruise, had once popped the question to her.

“Well, I knew Zoë because I was engaged to her father. It’s all in the family!” Kidman said. “I love Lenny; he’s a great guy.”

In June 2017, Zoë, who is engaged to Karl Glusman, reacted to Kidman’s admission. “I think she forgot that no one knew that,” Zoë told The EDIT.

“I hadn’t seen her in a long time before Big Little Lies, but there was a point where we were all kind of living together,” Zoë recalled. “I was about 13, and she would take me to see movies; she was so nice to me.”

“It just wasn’t right,” Kidman said to Vanity Fair in 2007 of her engagement to a man whose identity she did not reveal at the time. “I wasn’t ready. We weren’t ready.”

December 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Congratulations to Nicole on her Critics Choice Award nomination for her role in Boy Erased.

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – Vice
Claire Foy – First Man
Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

December 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Variety has released more from the Actors on Actors interview with Amy & Nicole. I love this part because it shows these two talented women as mothers … they talk about keeping their children away from most of their work.

Amy Adams and Nicole Kidman’s children are thrilled when their mothers pick projects that they’re actually allowed to watch, the two actresses said during their Variety Actors on Actors conversation.

“My daughter said, ‘can you please do a movie that I can see?’” Adams told Kidman while discussing their hesitancy to let their children watch them in roles with mature themes. “She’s like, ‘can I watch “Sharp Objects?”‘ and I’m like, ‘Oh god, no, never.’”

However, Adams knows that the day will come when she can no longer stop them.

“They’re going to [watch] though, and then it’ll be wonderful conversations, I think,” she said.

“They’ll unravel us,” Kidman said. “I’m actually scared how to explain some of the choices. It’s incredibly exposing and vulnerable.”

That made Adams recall a day during filming for “The Woman in the Window” when she brought her daughter, Aviana, on set.

“I forgot she was there, and I’m not a big swearer, except if I’m messing up,” Adams said. “She’s never heard me say the F-word until that day, and there must have been 15.”

Kidman said her kids have heard her swear in character, but never in real life. “I don’t swear,” she said. “I grew up with a father that never — I never heard him cuss ever.”

Kidman agreed that censoring her performances from her young children is often necessary — for that reason, she’s especially happy to be able to share her experience playing Queen Atlanna for the upcoming DC film “Aquaman.”

“I loved it because my daughters were so interested, and they’re not usually that interested,” Kidman said.

December 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Recently Nicole and Amy sat down together and chatted as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors Series.

Few stars are more willing to take risks than Amy Adams. Her turn as Second Lady Lynne Cheney in “Vice” is only the latest in a series of on-screen transformations, following her startling work in the HBO limited series “Sharp Objects.” Adams’ roles — from a heartbroken linguist in “Arrival” to a social climber in “American Hustle” to Lois Lane in the DC Universe — share little but Adams’ fierce tenacity and perpetual intelligence.

Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman’s characters seem at times to share nothing at all. Her 2018 has been as much of a tightrope walk as Adams’, with two juicy but divergent roles — as an achingly conflicted mother of a gay son in “Boy Erased” and as a hardened cop in “Destroyer.” On top of it all, she plays an undersea monarch in “Aquaman,” a role whose special-effects surroundings promise not to diminish Kidman’s star power.

Nicole Kidman First of all, we have to acknowledge that we’ve both worked with Jean-Marc Vallée on limited series.

Amy Adams You had him first. When I started working with him, you guys were releasing “Big Little Lies,” and I read about the intensity of the work. What was that like for you?

Kidman It was incredibly intense, but it was also very freeing. It was almost slice-of-life, where he’s in there with the camera, because he operates the camera sometimes. I was really exposed, but that was good. What about you?

Adams It was challenging, because it does create this voyeuristic energy. I had so much to do that the way he shot became an endurance challenge.

Kidman You’re amazing in it. And I want to play sisters, so I’m putting that out there for anybody.

Adams I always said that I wanted to be like Nicole Kidman, but I understood that I was like corduroy to her silk.

Kidman No!

Adams It’s so true. I’m so corduroy and I hate it, but it’s true. You have to know yourself.

Kidman Well, I’m not silk. It’s like to be a little bit of lace, a little bit of leather. Can I be that?

Adams Yeah, you can be that.

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December 7, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Deadline talked with Nicole on her new film Destroyer.

Today Nicole Kidman received her 14th Golden Globe nomination, and rightfully so, for her portrayal of a haggard, undercover LAPD detective who won’t let the past settle until she’s has had justice.

At a time when you might think that such movies as Chinatown, L.A. Confidential and Training Day have put the LA crime noir film out of business, director Karyn Kusama turns the genre upside down, not so much with a relapsed memory-non-linear tale, but with a portrayal by Kidman in which she completely disappears onscreen (much in the same way as she did as Virginia Woolf in The Hours) into Erin Bell, a age-spot ridden, dry-skinned, skinny cop who has seen far too much. It’s a noir protagonist up there with such greats as J.J. Gittes and even Taxi Driver‘s Travis Bickle.

When Kidman first read the script, “I cried because of its mother-daughter relationship, and just how she carried her daughter on her back. It was one of those images that got under my skin and I didn’t expect that in this type of genre film; which was so character-driven and deeply emotional, not in a sentimental way.”

“So many of these films are written for men, and as much as she’s dangerous, at times you can’t understand her. You feel frustrated and angry. She’s deeply female, and so many of her motivations are because of her child and how she feels as a parent; not being present, and having done things to her child that she feels so deeply ashamed of, that she’s trying to atone for it; that’s what makes her so female — that very complicated mother-daughter relationship.”

Detailing her transformation into Bell, Kidman told Deadline, “I decided to become her and to absorb her which was the same (process) as with Celeste in Big Little Lies and Virginia Woolf in The Hours. I didn’t know how much it was going to take; I don’t know if I’d jump in willingly if I knew how much it would take.” Learning how to handle guns and make it look like second nature was, of course, a top priority for the actress when portraying an undercover LAPD detective.

The second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies, the first of which Kidman won a Limited TV series Best Actress Golden Globe earlier this year for, finished shooting in August. Kidman and fellow star/ EP Reese Witherspoon are “in the middle” of post per the actress, putting their “heart and soul into it” with “incredible storylines.”

Destroyer, which was fully financed by 30WEST for under $10M and acquired by Annapurna out of Cannes, opens on Dec. 25.

December 6, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I have added a bunch of new production stills from The Destroyer to our gallery!

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Nicole Kidman Online > Films > 2018 | Destroyer

December 6, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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