Nicole is featured in the November 2020 issue of Marie Claire Australia.
The Australian film icon is back down under
Returning to Australia – and her iconic BMX Bandits curls – Nicole Kidman tells marie claire she’s grateful to be home filming her next Liane Moriarty masterpiece Nine Perfect Strangers in the idyllic Byron Bay after COVID-19 shut down production in LA. Moving the production – and her country music star husband Keith Urban and their two daughters – down under, has been a mammoth task for Kidman, who is a producer on the film. But being back on home turf, surrounded by her family and still working has been the silver lining to this unprecedented year.
“To have the opportunity to give jobs to 1400 people from July to Christmas is such a joy for me personally. We’re forging ahead when no-one’s making anything, and the world’s watching,” reveals Kidman, proudly.
Another source of pride is her upcoming HBO series The Undoing, in which Kidman plays a New York therapist who discovers her picture-perfect marriage (to Hugh Grant) isn’t what it seems when a violent death occurs. In real life and away from her troubled characters, Kidman insists her life is “very simple” and her marriage to Urban is indeed picture-perfect.
“I married into my heart. He just came along, and protected me. He’s loved me, given me confidence, and made me so much more comfortable. He knows who I am and he’s opened me up,” she says in a candid interview with editor Nicky Briger, in which Kidman also opens up about raising empowered daughters, championing her fellow female creatives and working on a Big Little Lies reunion with Reese Witherspoon.
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Nicole did an interview with New York Times Magazine that was published today where she talks about not only her new series The Undoing but some of her old projects like Eyes Wide Shut, Big Little Lies, etc.
In HBO’s mini-series “The Undoing,” a psychological thriller that premieres Oct. 25, Nicole Kidman plays Grace Fraser, a Manhattan therapist whose impeccably ordered life is suddenly shattered by violence and lust. In her stores of heat and cool, her emotional and sexual ambiguities, Grace — her name unironic, until it isn’t — is a kind of woman we’ve seen Kidman play before. A kind of woman we never tire of seeing her play. A kind of woman in which the 53-year-old actress keeps finding adventurous new depths. “I’ve fought that emotional intensity at times and tried to protect myself from it,” Kidman said. “Now I’m at the point where I’m like, no. Digest it. Maybe don’t even understand it. But always have it flow.”
So this question is probably too broad, but — I don’t want the light stuff. I like to get heavy quickly.
OK, great. What do you make of the relationship between you and your audience over the years? I probably wouldn’t have done a lot of the work I’ve done if I’d thought that out. I would have been like, people will think I’m a complete weirdo. That’s a frightening prospect, the idea of tempering things in relation to what people think. And of course now in society there’s an enormous amount of judgment. There has to be, as an actor, the possibility to not have it work. Sometimes it connects and people go, “I know you. I know that.” With Celeste I would walk down the street, and people wanted to hold me or protect me. The role connected me with the world in a beautiful way. But if I were attached to that, I then couldn’t go and play somebody that isn’t as relatable.
Celeste in “Big Little Lies” — as well as Grace in “The Undoing” — is a part that requires some sexual boldness, which is common for you but not many other actors at your level. Does the increased judgment you just pointed to mean boldness about sex might become rarer in Hollywood? Look at “Normal People,” though. That was exquisite work from those two actors. I’ve had situations as an actress where, oh my gosh, it was not what I thought it would be. I was probably at the forefront of this: When I went to work with Stanley Kubrick, he was like, I’m going to want full frontal nudity, and I was like, Ahh, I don’t know. So we came up with a great agreement, which was contractual. He would show me the scenes with the nudity before they made it into the film. Then I could feel completely safe. I didn’t say no to any of it. I’d wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to be me standing there nude and everyone laughing at me. I was protected, so I got to explore a complicated marriage and the way in which Tom’s character is having those jealous images. I would never think of not wanting the storytelling to be told properly. Having them say, “Once you’re OK with it, great, that’s it” — what a fantastic place to be in as a woman. Please write that correctly, because otherwise, it will be misinterpreted.
Which part? The way in which the contractual agreement that I have with a director allows me to do nudity and sex scenes because I feel safe. Sexuality is over here in a box, and we don’t deal with it. I’m happy to deal with it, but there needs to be a place where you can go, I’m not going to be exploited. Then I’ll go down the road with you. I love the relationship between a director and an actor. When it’s pure, it’s exquisite. And the other actors, when you’re all there doing the work, it’s exquisite.
Is it more exquisite than life outside acting? It used to be. Probably changed mid-30s. I started working at 14. I had my first kiss onstage. I was living out my life artistically.
Did you realize at some point that living your life through your work was possibly unhealthy? I don’t know if it was unhealthy.
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“I’d wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to be me standing there nude and everyone laughing at me,” the actress says in a new interview.
Nicole Kidman was allowed final say as to what nude scenes would go into the final cut of Eyes Wide Shut, she revealed in a recent interview.
Speaking with the New York Times Magazine for an in-depth interview published Monday, the Oscar-winning actress discussed her time working with Stanley Kubrick on the 1999 erotic, psychological drama.
One of the conditions she agreed to (contractually) with the late director was that she could view all her nude scenes after they were shot and then had approval over what went into the final cut of the film.
“When I went to work with Stanley Kubrick, he was like, ‘I’m going to want full-frontal nudity,’ and I was like, ‘Ahh, I don’t know.’ So we came up with a great agreement, which was contractual. He would show me the scenes with the nudity before they made it into the film,” she said. “Then I could feel completely safe. I didn’t say no to any of it. I’d wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to be me standing there nude and everyone laughing at me. I was protected, so I got to explore a complicated marriage and the way in which Tom [Cruise’s] character is having those jealous images.”
In the film, the then-married Kidman and Cruise played a couple exploring their own lives, marriage and infidelity.
“Sexuality is over here in a box, and we don’t deal with it,” Kidman told the magazine. “I’m happy to deal with it, but there needs to be a place where you can go, I’m not going to be exploited. Then I’ll go down the road with you. I love the relationship between a director and an actor. When it’s pure, it’s exquisite. And the other actors, when you’re all there doing the work, it’s exquisite.”
Kidman talked at length about working with Kubrick on the deeply intimate picture and what life was like during the shoot, which was supposed to last only a few months and turned into two years.
“We loved working with him,” she said. “We had two kids and were living in a trailer on the lot primarily, making spaghetti because Stanley liked to eat with us sometimes. We were working with the greatest filmmaker and learning about our lives and enjoying our lives on set.”
Kidman continued, “We would say, ‘When is it going to end?’ We went over there thinking it was going to be three months. It turned into a year, a year and a half. But you go, ‘As long as I surrender to what this is, I’m going to have an incredible time.’ Stanley, he wasn’t torturous. He was arduous in that he would shoot a lot. But I’d sit on the floor of his office and talk, and we’d watch animal videos. He said animals were so much nicer than human beings. Though I do remember we were watching a wildlife thing where you saw the lion going after an antelope, and he could hardly watch it. Interesting, isn’t it?”
Keith is promoting his new album The Speed of Now: Part 1 and People highlights what he shared about how Keith knew that Nicole was the one for him.
“She’s the one that I was searching for my whole life,” Keith Urban said
Keith Urban always knew that Nicole Kidman was his soulmate.
In a recent interview on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s Armchair Expert podcast, the country singer, 52, opened up about his 14-year marriage to the Big Little Lies actress, 53.
“She’s just the one. She’s the one that I was searching for my whole life, and everything not only changed but had to change in me if I was gonna go that road,” said Urban, who hosts the ACM Awards Wednesday evening before the release of his new album, The Speed of Now Part 1, on Friday.
“It was like the ultimate fork in the road moment in my life,” Urban, who was struggling with his sobriety at the time, added, “and it was literally like you either get this right now or you are never, ever gonna get it right. This is your one shot.”
“It felt so obvious,” he shared. “I knew where I was going … It was everything I was looking for and then beyond. Just beyond.”
Shepard, 45, asked Urban if he or Kidman ever let their egos get the best of them, given their success in their respective careers.
“There’s so many other things that I can bring that help and blossom the family, and protect it, and take care of it and grow it, not just fiscally,” Urban said. “I bring everything I can most of the time.”
Kidman previously told PEOPLE that falling in love with Urban was “pretty intense.” Early into their relationship, Kidman said she “believed by that point he was the love of my life. Maybe that’s because I am deeply romantic, or I’m an actress, or I have strong faith as well, but I just believed, ‘Oh, okay, here he is.'”
After meeting at a gala in January 2005, Kidman and Urban tied the knot on June 25, 2006.
The couple has two daughters: Sunday Rose, 12, and Faith Margaret, 9. Kidman also shares two children, son Connor, 26, and daughter Isabella, 27, with ex Tom Cruise.
In June, the couple celebrated their 14-year wedding anniversary by grabbing dinner in Beverly Hills.
Kidman also acknowledged the special occasion on Instagram that day by posting a black and white image of her and her husband simply captioned, “Us ❤️ #HappyAnniversary.”
Urban shared his own tribute: a snap of him and Kidman jumping in the air on the beach. “Happy Anniversary Baby!!!!!,” the four-time Grammy winner wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “14 years…. and i feel like your boyfriend in ALL the right ways!!!”
Ryan Murphy has shared that Nicole’s new film The Prom will be on Netflix premiering on December 11. Also he released the first poster from the film.
It’s time to go to prom later this year.
Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix adaptation of “The Prom” will release on Dec. 11, the acclaimed creator announced on Instagram on Sunday.
“On December 11, let Netflix take you to the Prom you didn’t get this year,” Murphy wrote on Instagram with a flashy sign highlighting its star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman and Kerry Washington.
“The Prom” was originally a Broadway musical that debuted in 2018. It was based on an original concept by Jack Viertel with music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. The musical follows four Broadway actors who travel to a conservative Indiana town to help a lesbian student who is banned from bringing her girlfriend to her high school prom. The show was nominated for six Tony Awards, including best musical, original score, and lead actor and lead actress in a musical.
Murphy directed the film adaptation, and Martin and Beguelin wrote the screenplay and served as producers. It will be the first film project under Murphy’s groundbreaking Netflix deal, which was inked in 2018 after his departure from Fox and was estimated to be worth up to $300 million.
Production on “The Prom” was temporarily shut down in Los Angeles due to the coronavirus pandemic, but once the industry began to reopen, the film was able to finish shooting.
On a recent episode of Variety’s “The Big Ticket” podcast, Washington praised her fellow cast members Ariana Debose and Streep.
“[Debose] is Anita in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ and she’s just so brilliant. And she was the Bullet in ‘Hamilton.’ I’m really excited for everybody to see her in the film,” she said. “Meryl Streep is phenomenal. She’s always phenomenal, but I’m telling you, in ‘The Prom,’ it’s like just being there during filming. I was like, ‘She’s incredible.’”
They’ve been married for 14 years and still going as strong as ever.
And Keith Urban, 52, is happy to admit that he was batting out of his league when he landed Nicole Kidman, 53, for his wife.
Speaking to this week’s Stellar Magazine, the country singer said: ‘I definitely married up. Isn’t that what we’re all supposed to be doing?’
He admits: ‘Nic’s definitely had a big impact on my music in the last five to six years particularly.
‘She had different musical tastes than I did when we met. It really liberated me a lot, introduced me to a lot of music I’d missed.
‘We also find huge common threads in the Aussie music we love, because we grew up at the same time.’
He said the main change she inspired is making him ‘more fearless with my artistry… She’s just very willing to try things; that’s rubbed off on me.’
In June, the couple celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary, with Keith sharing a tribute to social media.
The singer posted a sweet photo of the couple holding hands while jumping in the air on a beach and wrote: ‘Happy Anniversary Baby!!!!!’
He continued: ’14 years… and I feel like your boyfriend in ALL the right ways.’
2003 was a busy year for Nicole as she did press for her films The Hours, The Human Stain, Dogville, and Cold Mountain. She won the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, and the Academy Award for Best Actress. Go check the pictures out in our gallery.
– Nicole Kidman Online > EVENTS And APPEARANCES > 2003
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In 1983, Nicole did two films in Australia; BMX Bandits and Bush Christmas. I have added images to the gallery from both of these films.
Nicole has given us a small glimpse into her new project Nine Perfect Strangers: