British Vogue highlights Nicole as one of their Women Up-Ending the Status Quo!
This awards season, Vogue shines a light on the actors bringing important, female-centric stories to life and proving the tide is finally turning in Hollywood.
After Frances McDormand had collected her Best Actress Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at last year’s Academy Awards, and thanked those she needed to, she asked every female nominee in every category to stand up.
“Look around, ladies and gentlemen,” she implored the audience in that deliciously droll way of hers. “Because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them.”
McDormand’s speech came at the end of an awards season typified not by the usual glittering dresses and gushing platitudes, but by an all-black dress code and politically charged words. In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which had broken five months prior, women across the film industry came together in a show of solidarity: they spoke up for each other in the press, listened to one another at Time’s Up meetings and wore the same uniform on the red carpet. The awards ceremonies of 2018 were a line in the sand.
This year, it might be back to business as usual on the wardrobe front, but McDormand’s message still stands. In the February issue, British Vogue turns the lens on the actors bringing important stories to life: whether it is Rosamund Pike immortalising the fearless war correspondent Marie Colvin, Felicity Jones as the trailblazing Ruth Bader Ginsburg or first-time actress Yalitza Aparicio telling the real-life story of Academy Award-winner Alfonso Cuarón’s childhood nanny. Yes, the domestic roles are still there, but they are richly written and complex – not wordless bystanders to the action. Take Carey Mulligan’s career-defining performance as a wife and mother in Wildlife, or Nicole Kidman’s Oscar-worthy turn as a mother struggling with her son’s sexuality in Boy Erased.
Read exclusive excerpts from the Hollywood portfolio below, and see the full spotlight on the 2019 success stories in the February issue of British Vogue, which is available to buy now.
Destroyer and Boy Erased
“It’s the type of role I’ve never been offered before and, perhaps on paper, not the type of role people would think I’m suited to,” says Nicole Kidman of her extraordinary turn as Erin Bell in Destroyer: a gaunt, savagely violent, emotionally wounded detective who’s thrown back into her past when an old case reopens. “It definitely helps to transform into the role,” she says of her altered appearance. Meanwhile, her portrayal of Nancy Eamons in Boy Erased is garnering rave reviews. As a mother trying to reconcile her religious beliefs with having a gay son, Kidman, 51, masterfully brings the complexity of life to bear in her work. “You want only the best for your child,” she tells Vogue. “But you don’t always get it right.”