Nicole is featured on the cover of the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Town and Country Magazine.
THE ACTRESS STEPS AWAY FROM HER QUIET LIFE IN NASHVILLE FOR HER MOST COMPLICATED ROLE YET: MOTHER.
There’s a moment in the new film Lion when you can actually see a mother’s heart swell with love for her son. He has come to his adoptive mother to explain why he needs to find the woman who gave birth to him, and he’s worried she won’t understand. In the same moment you also watch her heart cracking just a tiny bit because of all that he doesn’t comprehend: that’s there nothing she wouldn’t do for his happiness. It’s a breathtaking reveal—seeing a woman’s complex emotions battling for dominance—and also worth noting as the moment when Nicole Kidman manages to once again disappear completely into a character.
“As I was filming her in this scene I forgot where I was,” says Garth Davis, the movie’s director. “I was completely transported.” Dev Patel, who plays the son, says he was so enthralled by his co-star he almost forgot he had his own lines to deliver. “I was mesmerized,” he says. “I was literally just feeding off her energy and what she was saying. She was so in her skin. She was acting from the gut—you could feel it. It was an honor to be in the room with her.”
Here’s the funny thing about Nicole Kidman: She has the soul of a character actress but it happens to be housed in the body of a movie star. Close your eyes and think of her, and what comes to mind is a tower of flame-haired elegance on a red carpet, but she’s also the chameleon who transformed into Virginia Woolf in The Hours, a sociopathic newscaster in To Die For, and a mother shattered by grief in Rabbit Hole. “I see so many people, media included, focused on her beauty,” says Davis. “Some are even blinded by it. For me, I get swept up in her ability to play anything without losing her down-to-earth quality.”
Despite her glamour, and the fact that she has been a magnet for public speculation for nearly three decades, it’s clear Kidman has made conscious choices to stay grounded. For example, she lives in Nashville, not Los Angeles or New York, with her husband of 10 years, country star Keith Urban, and their two young daughters, eight-year-old Sunday (“Sunny”) and five-year-old Faith (“Fifi”).
She tends to favor small, interesting, independent movies over big studio productions. When Town & Country caught up with her it was on set in Ohio for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) and co-starring Colin Farrell. “It’s a very low-budget film—shoestring, really,” Kidman says cheerfully. “But don’t worry, you don’t see the deer killed.” (Another pleasant surprise about Kidman: She’s really funny.)
When asked how she’s picking projects these days—because trying to find a pattern in her acting choices is a brain-breaking business—she laughs. “I call myself the wild card,” she says, “because I have no idea what it is. I’m so spontaneous—sometimes to my detriment and sometimes my benefit—but it’s how I’ve always been. My husband never knows what I’m going to choose. And then he’ll ask me to explain why and I can’t!”
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