Nicole Kidman is involved in so many amazing projects right now, I don’t even know where to begin. The Paperboy (newly released) brought her into the dark and dramatic world of Lee Daniels (the director of Precious). We also recently watched a brilliant trailer for Stoker, where she stars alongside Mia Wasikowska; in just a few short lines Kidman scared the bejeezus out of me. She’s also got the Grace Kelly movie coming out, and so I’ve had my eye on her recently. Which is why I was thrilled to see her looking her usual gorgeous, ethereal self on the cover of DuJour magazine. I mean, her look just never gets old for me! Click inside for more pics and an excerpt from her amazing interview. Kidman talks about life with Tom Cruise, her new life with Keith Urban and their two daughters, fashion, and her craft.
Nicole Kidman for DuJour Magazine:
It’s challenging enough to transform herself for every role. Add to that the ongoing struggle to hold on to her creativity in the midst of being a Hollywood icon, a regular on the red carpet, and a mother. Kidman, 45, can endure because of her control. She keeps her private life private. She reveals, but she conceals, too, which is the paradox of celebrity and great acting.
However, when she wants to be, she is available and open, and I saw this side of her when we talked between filming scenes for her new movie about Grace Kelly in France. Because she’d been working nonstop for months, I asked her if she wasn’t exhausted.
“No way!” Kidman said with a laugh. “I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. I’m living in a friend’s house in Nice. My two daughters are with me, Sunday Rose, who’s 4, and Faith Margaret, who’s 2. My mother is about to fly in from Australia to babysit. Then Keith will be arriving… My family is with me
“I’m attracted to dark material,” Nicole explains. “Where the story is full of surprises and twists and turns and the characters get into extreme situations.”
“I love fashion, but I don’t think I’m fashionable—I mean, not in my private life.” In her 20s, Kidman got to know Alexander McQueen and John Galliano and went to their showrooms to support their work. “That’s when I fell in love with couture.” Nonetheless, she says, “at home I dress for comfort. After all, I am the mother of two small children.” I asked her: “When you were growing up, did you ever dream you’d be playing one-of-a-kind women like Princess Grace Kelly and Virginia Woolf and Martha Gellhorn?”
“I have always been a very big dreamer,” Nicole laughs.
Kidman insists she was happy during most of her marriage [to Tom Cruise], but she was always aware of the glaring spotlight that came with his outsized fame…
“We were in a bubble,” she tells me, “just the two of us. We became very dependent on one another.”… Nicole was in movies too, but she believed her real identity was as Mrs. Tom Cruise. That changed with To Die For, a black comedy directed by Gus Van Sant. Kidman was funny, sexy and rather frightening…
When she met Keith Urban while filming Fur, she says, “My life changed. He is a wonderful, caring man and he makes me feel secure. We don’t ever like to be separated.”
They were married on June 25, 2006, in Sydney, and they currently make their home in Nashville, Tennessee, in a big gray house with a pool and tennis court and movie theatre. The couple’s first daughter, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, was born July 7, 2008, in Nashville.
“Having my baby has been a healing experience,” she says. “It took me so long to have a child. I feel enormous gratitude. Sunday has healed an enormous amount in me. It’s a very private thing, but she just has.” Kidman and Urban had their second daughter two years later.
These days, when she’s not working and in Nashville, Kidman hosts a weekly baby group with her daughters and other mothers and their children. “We have a wonderful home life,” she says (right, the couple in Cannes in May 2012). “There’s always music. Keith plays the guitar and piano and drums. He’s always composing music. It’s lovely when you have a baby who picks up the drumsticks and plays–wearing angel wings.”
I love, love, love that she hosts a baby group! That is awesome, and I clearly need to stop complaining about my oh-so-busy life, lol. Do yourself a favor and go over to DuJour to read the rest of this piece. Patricia Bosworth conducted the interview and she also wrote the biography of the legendary photographer Diane Arbus– Kidman played Arbus in Fur (which was based on Bosworth‘s biography) and you can really get a sense of intimacy between her and Bosworth. It’s good stuff, y’all!
Also, how amazing does she look on this cover? It’s very traditional Kidman, but me likey.