Enquirer: Nicole Kidman is an unpleasant diva, nicknamed “ice princess” on set

We’ve heard in the past that Nicole Kidman is not the most pleasant person to work with or for. The 20080 Andrew Morton Tom Cruise book painted her as cold and moody, and described how demanding and particular she could be. He wroteIf the jet wasn’t stocked with Beluga caviar and all the trimmings she appeared deeply irritated, exhibiting a jaded petulance. Nicole often seemed bored or disenchanted with her life as a Hollywood star, expecting a luxurious lifestyle as her birthright. She had no sense of wonderment about the world. So many wonderful things happened to her, but she had an enduring sense of boredom.” Nicole seems to be genuinely happy in her current marriage to Keith Urban and to have taken the stick out of her butt now that she’s a two time mother. If this article is accurate, and it probably is, I’m somewhat surprised to hear that she’s still as much of a pain in the ass as ever. According to a source on set quoted in the Enquirer, Nicole won’t even let crew members talk to her.

Nicole Kidman’s shooting her new horror film “Stoker” in Nashville, but crew members swear the real horror is Nicole! Reports [a] backstage spy…”Nicole is a real witch, and they’ve nicknamed her ‘Ice Princess.’ No one’s even allowed to speak to her, except for primary cast members, the director or producers. The other day she requested a glass of water and was furious when the person brought her water with ice in it. ‘I don’t drink ice water,’ Nicole bellowed, demanding a room temperature refill. Everyone’s walking around on eggshells to make sure ‘Her Majesty’ is not displeased.” In another bizarre incident, a prop person moved an umbrella she was using in a scene from one side of a table to the other. When they began to rehearse the scene, Nicole threw a fit over the minor re positioning and read the poor guy the riot act!

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, Mike Walker's column, December 12, 2011]

Nicole’s career is floundering. The last movie she was in was was that Trespass clunker with Nicolas Cage. So you would think she’d tone it down a little now that she’s no longer a huge star. Not so much, old habits die hard. They’re even filming in her current town and she can’t manage to be civil to the people she relies on.

Nicole’s husband, country singer and fellow Aussie Keith Urban, has just signed on to be a judge and mentor on the Australian version of The Voice. Urban lost his own voice temporarily after undergoing surgery for a vocal cord polyp. Polyps are common in singers and Urban is expected to make a complete recovery.

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  1. Jayna says:

    Yawn. Load of crap. Nicole “bellowed.”. LOL

    I love Nicole. And I love Keith’s new album, even though I don’t usually buy country music.

  2. truthful says:

    I actually liked her in Trepass, not a oscar winner but she played that part better than anyone else, LOL..

    I can easily beleive she’s horrid to work for, I would never do that to myself.

  3. mln76 says:

    Nicole is so obviously not a nice person. I don’t see how this would shock anyone. (I still think she’s very talented.)

  4. Shanunya says:

    What’s up with her looking like Kelly Preston all of a sudden?

  5. ShanKat says:

    In other news: fire is hot; water is wet.

  6. Sue says:

    As soon as I see Star or Enquirer I know I am not even going to read the article……

  7. Yes says:

    I think she handed her good looks to Tom as a divorce settlement.

  8. Shelly says:

    I loved Nicole in films before she started messing with her face. Now her face distracts me the whole time when I watch any recent movie of hers. She tends to play moody and very complicated women, so maybe that is a side she struggles with in real life. Who knows. She seems sweet in interviews.

  9. Kimi says:

    I think that these horrible lies are due to the fact of that Nicole Kidman has the same manager as Angelina Jolie.

    • Kathy says:

      I saw her at very close range in a Nashville restaurant. No make-up, very downplayed. Needle thin, hair a la naturale. Had my Mother who suffers from alzheimers with me. She did not know us, but stopped by the tackle & said high. She looked around nervously while Keith ate his meal. She doesn’t seem to travel in a pack. Saw Carrie Underwood a week ago Sunday at a restaurant & she wasn’t as nice as Nicole.

  10. Suzy says:

    Her hair looks like crap. I wish she’d do back to the vibrant red she had in Moulin Rouge. I think that’s when she looked her best. Blond and this sort of drab red-blond doesn’t suit her at all imo. Plus I don’t know if she’s overbotoxed or what, but she just looks like she’d be a b*tch. I’m not surprised she’s hard to work for/with. A lot of stars can’t accept when their fame starts to drop and still act like they’re on top, expecting all the bells and whistles. She hasn’t had a good movie in a long time.

    • Holly Hobby says:

      I’m not a fan of Tommy’s but she always struck me as cold and aloof so I’m not surprised by the diva news.

      She claimed in an interview that blonde is her natural hair color. I say bully that because I distinctly remember seeing black and white pics of her when she was growing up. Her hair was dark (may be brunette or red but definitely not blonde).

      I wished she stopped messing up her face. Her brows look like hoods over her eyes. Yes she was her best in Moulin Rogue. She fell apart after Tommy broke up with her.

  11. Bamster says:

    Agree with Jayna. Petty nonsense. No one’s an angel all the time.

  12. Talie says:

    She may not bring in box office anymore, but she’s one of the best actresses around. No one takes risks like she does and the list of acclaimed directors she has worked with can only be matched by Catherine Deneuve.

  13. Firecracker says:

    The blind nickname for her is Cruella Deville.

  14. I.want.shoes says:

    “…to have taken the stick out of her butt now that she’s a two time mother”

    Wasn’t she already a two time mother before she had her two daughters?

  15. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Margot at The Wedding, Dogville, Fur, Birth, The Hours-she’s a brave and talented actress and for that I will always respect her, regardless of her personal life.

  16. whatevs says:

    so in addition to social phobia she probably is ocd as well

  17. HotPockets says:

    I believe this, only because my sister does a lot of extra parts in movies. She had befriended some production set people who apparently informed her of all the big biatches in Hollywood and Kidman was one of them. She is apparently insanely vein and obsessed with her skin, she carries an umbrella walking from her trailer to the set because she does not want the sun to touch her porcelain skin. Kim Bessinger (sp?) is supposed to be the the worse to work with, I guess that’s why you don’t see her around anymore..

    I just watched Eyes Wide Shut for the first time and I HATED her character in that movie.

  18. Alejandro says:

    She was just nominated for an Oscar last year but for years there have been rumors that she’s a diva. Lainey certainly has it in for her.

  19. Lauren says:

    I believe she is a monster. NK would have to be to survive in Hollywood for two decades. Her mum is a Shrink, so we know she is a bonifide witch hiding behind a Botox rubber exterior. Tom Cruise seems to hate her guts..I think NK cheated on Tommy.

    • Snowpea says:

      Her DAD is actually a very well respected psychologist, Dr Anthony Kidman. Her mum, Janelle, was always a stay at home mum and has said in interviews, if she had her time over, she doesn’t know if she’d have children.

      Nicole grew up on the north shore of Sydney, which is a very affluent, middle class, conservative place. She is naturally a fiery redhead.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Re : “(1) her mum is a Shrink, so we know (2) she is a bonifide witch hiding behind a Botox rubber exterior”. Really? How does (1) equal (2)?? And its her dad who is a psychologist, not her mom.
      Re : “Tom Cruise seems to hate her guts”. Many men feel that way about their ex-wives. How does he feel about Mimi (1st wife)? How does NK feel about him?
      Re : calling Cruise “Tommy”. Overall you sound like a CO$ member.

    • Yalena says:

      Hi lauren.
      I agree about the cheating. If she was pregnant with his child, i don’t beleive Tom would have divorced her in that way.
      I don’t beleive Nicole is innocent at all.

      When did it become cool to hate on someone because of his beleive?

  20. Obvious says:

    I don’t blame her if the umbrella got moved. One of my biggest pet peeve is watching something and seeing the in-continuities in scenes.

    And it may be an on set thing. Some people get focused and fell in order to perform their best things need to be a certain way, but if you meet them outside of work they are a dream. I had a co-worker like that once. Would fly off the handle at the littlest thing in the office, but outside she was the nicest sweetest person.

  21. midnightmoon says:

    She’s been wearing so many crazy things on the red carpet, I thought I’d take a moment to point out the pale aqua/blue & the black dresses in these photos. They are lovely, simple dresses, and with her body type, they look smashing. Her face&hair, however, veer into caricature territory. She’s done so many amazing.performances-I can’t think of another actress besides Meryl Streep who has more range. And don’t forget, Streep has a bunch of clunkers to her credit-she is just as daring. Streep’s quality of goodness, though, wins the day every time. I wouldn’t want Kidman’s life for a billion dollahs.

  22. Tazina says:

    That’s odd. I’ve read in the past where she is a delight to work with and very nice to the cast and crew, often having loads of cupcakes delivered to the set for everyone. This story completely reeks of BS.

    • Deay says:

      I think you are mistaken, you are in fact referring to Katie Holmes.

      Read that she always orders cupcakes from her favourite cupcake shop and even pizza for the crew.

      I have nothing against NK, but i believe she is just a particular person who’s in fact a nice person.

  23. lulu de la Falaise says:

    “exhibiting a jaded petulance”
    can someone explain to me what does that mean?

  24. Scarlet Vixen says:

    This really surprises me actually. She always seems to timid and insecure in interviews and pictures. After she and Tom split up I figured the almost aloof air she always seemed to have with him was her way of coping with her discomfort with the bigger-than-big celebrity life that comes with being with Tom Cruise. I’m not a fan of hers (hated her in Moulin Rouge and think she’s kinda overrated) but she’s always struck me as so shy and timid.

    Her hair looks so thin and fried because it’s naturally extremely curly and red and she’s straightening and bleaching the sh*t out of it. If you haven’t seen the movie “Dead Calm” you should check it out–she made it with Sam Neill when she was a 22yr old nobody. And she has this absolutely GORGEOUS main of hair.

    • MayaMae says:

      That was a great movie. She was such a natural beauty at the time.

      • taxi says:

        Agree! That’s the prettiest she’s ever been. In “To Die For”, she’s a very ambitious TV reporter and did satiric comedy so well. Wish she’d done more comedies before she got all cruise-controlled.

        Anymore lip fillers & Botox & we won’t recognize her. In an old interview, she said she’d always hated her red hair. Her hair now is very gray. There are a lot pictures of her when she really needs a touch-up.

  25. Cerulean says:

    It’s been the word on the street for a long time.No surprise.

  26. Andie B says:

    I have always liked her, so it saddens me to hear that Nicole is a diva towards people. FYI her hubby is not an Aussie, he’s a New Zealand boy who moved to Aussie. Kiwi boys are generally laid back and easy going to be around. So I doubt Nicole does the prima donna routine at home. I think it would wear thin on Keith pretty quickly.

  27. ak138 says:

    “‘exhibiting a jaded petulance’
    can someone explain to me what does that mean?”

    Ha. I had the same thought. What does jaded petulance look like?

  28. NM9005 says:

    Her career is floundering? What about Rabbit Hole? A cricical success. She’s lined up for 4 films, going to produce and act in a film from a book adaptation (the family fang), still does diverse work and still gets asked.

    As for her personality. It’s well-known she can be cold.

  29. chloe says:

    I want to hear more of hot pockets sisters scoop, I love to hear stories from people who have actually met or worked with the stars, not the gossip rags.

  30. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Good point Chloe – the insider accounts on these folks can be far more entertaining than the tabloids.

  31. Agnes says:

    I think people sometimes have a problem with her precisely because she takes on difficult roles where she plays complicated, conflicted women. And she doesn’t do rom-com crap. She does, sadly, seems to mess with her face quite a bit, but that doesn’t negate that she’s a talented actress. As to her being bitchy, I have no clue. :)

  32. teresa says:

    Nicole came into the bar I worked at in Baltimore when she was filming Invasion. She was super nice. I was quite shocked that when she came to our little local joint to play pool and drink beer.

    She was really down to earth and a great tipper!

  33. chloe says:

    I’ll give Nicole a pass just because she escaped Tom’s alien church.
    I’ve only had two star encounters and they were both cool.

  34. wunder says:

    Maybe she was just having a bad day?

  35. MayaMae says:

    Shy introverted woman are commonly called cold bitch’s (I speak from experience). I remember watching her on The View a few years back. Barbara Wallters kept bringing up Nicole’s beauty. Nicole became inceasingly flustered with the compliments.

    • JaneWonderfalls says:

      I think that my be the case, I’m introverted myself and people can easily take that as being cold and distance, but that is not true. I can be social and warm but I get easily overwhelmed in social settings. I’m more of a one on one type of person. I like spending time mostly by myself and the small close friends and family that I have, but even with them I do need my space. But I’m not a cold hearted bitch!

  36. sandy#1 says:

    sorry, still like her, great actress not a fame seeker, just living her life, maybe that’s why.

  37. Turtle Dove says:

    I don’t know if I buy this. I can’t see Nic being like that and, frankly, if I were getting ready to start a scene I wouldn’t want some tech/set/gopher yakking in my ear.

    It may seem like fairy time and make believe in terms of what actors do, but it takes concentration.

    It sounds like the H2O person got cheesed that they were told she/he didn’t do his/her job properly and ran to the tabs.

  38. chris says:

    There have been tons of blind items about her being a major b*tch. She is supposed to be Cruella St. Shackles.

    • Firecracker says:

      Oops, I posted that her blind name as Cruella Deville! You’re right!

      • Amy says:

        So Kidman is cruel? for a cruel woman, she sure has MANY loyal friends who have remained that way for over 30 years. Besides, Cruella Deville is a great character. Do you think people watched or read 101 Dalmations because of the dogs? I think Kidman will take it as a compliment.

        As for blind items, aren’t they used by untalented writers who can’t string a paragraph together let alone a full blown article? Or by editors who want to be mischievious and make things up to keep you satiated because they know it is the kind of thing that keeps haters alive?

        Kidman is cruel on set? where is the video or photographic evidence? Has she not been making films since the iPhone and other smartphones made an appearance? Why can’t someone film it and post her bellowing, diva-esque behaviour on youtube? no? alright, we will settle for a list of her diva demands in writing.

        Honestly, this would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic.

  39. Amy says:

    Never mind, I will make like Kidman and ignore this nonsense.

  40. Dee Cee says:

    Making movies is time waste boredom.. she’s in character., pre-menopausal.. give her a break.. please?

  41. trh says:

    I’m kind of with Nic regarding the ice water & bumberchute placement. I understand that in the end these A-list movie stars are just human beings, but in the context of film production their time is worth way more than anybody else on set.

    Somebody bring the bitch some room-temp water!

  42. Amy says:

    Kidman has a PA to get her water to drink….her PA knows exactly how she likes it so she won’t be asking some minion to get her water to drink.

    Prop guy should know where to put the prop for continuity that is what he gets paid for. Kidman gets abused for giving a bad performance, why should the prop guy not be told off for not doing his job properly? that is what happens in a work place.

    If these are things people consider bitchy, cruel or diva-esque then they live in a fantasy world.

    Best way to kill your haters is to keep breathing and living well. National Enquirer doesn’t have a story about her relationship, family or work to put on the front cover so this is their best option. She is married with 2 beautiful miraculous girls that she is enjoying without creating any PR drama for herself or working hard to gain the public’s attention.

    This story is for the haters to feed on and heavens above, nothing fills the bellies of haters than negative stories like this. Feed on while Nicole Kidman enjoys another beautiful day in Nashville with her family. Will Kidman lose any sleep? nope.

  43. dovesgate says:

    Nearly every big star has rules where no one talks to them but the director, producer, and primary cast members. My father was an extra in “Erin Brockovich” and Julia Roberts was the same way.

    Think about it guys – lots of people sign up to be extras not for the money but because they get to be in a movie and close to famous people. Rules like this help protect them from the crazy fans while they are on set.

    That said, I generally enjoy Nicole Kidman movies.

  44. mike says:

    Another piece of misogynistic nonsense. A woman is a “bitch,” an ice princess, or a diva if she’s demanding and even the slightest entitled.

    Whereas a man is “intense,” aloof, or just plain eccentric for the same types of stunts many powerful women pull.

  45. Chrissy says:

    This is not the first time I’ve heard that crew members are not allowed to speak to her. Still, she seems less weird than Tom Cruise, even though I still like most of his movies.

  46. Iheartlasagne says:

    I am clearly in the minority, but I don’t find her a talented actress with great range at all. I’m always painfully aware that I’m watching Nicole Kidman acting. She and Zellweger are my least favorite actresses.

  47. mainstream says:

    When she reels off a Christian Bale style rant then you can talk.

  48. Cerulean says:

    I’m very curious why no one can imagine her being bitchy or demanding? A lot of people are nasty at work but not in their personal life.

    I do give her major points from fleeing crazy Cruise and his cult.

  49. pattycake says:

    i worked on a film that Nicole was the star in and i was not above the line or a principle actor. She was kind and pleasant every time i saw her. She is very focused on her work and disciplined. When you work on set you have to know when to talk, where to move and how to act. If someone asks for water you should know to ask how someone likes it. If they are working with a prop you should leave it where the actor was working with it. These are professional ways of behaving. Nicole is professional and I am sure just expects the same from the highly paid professionals around her. When you are working on an A list level you have to behave and respect the talent. I found her to be quite pleasant.

  50. bubbles says:

    My best friend was Nicole’s make up artst on a couple of movies and she said she doesn’t care how much money they offer her she does not want to work for that freak anymore. she said that she is definitely bipolar. one moment really sweet and pleasant and then a minute later a raging lunatic. and yes, she is botoxed out to wazoooooooo….

  51. Lady D says:

    Grammarian says: You mean you “saw her”
    You sure you want to go there Grammarian? You are going to be one very busy lady. Besides, rumour has it this is a grammar-cop free zone.

  52. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I’ve never been surprised if this is true but considering the source “The Enquirer” I will hold my breath on this.

  53. JudyK says:

    I would NEVER have recognized her in that top pic…what in the hell has she done to her face…NOT GOOD.

  54. reeda redneck says:

    I love Nicole Kidman, she is a wonderful actress who has made many good movies I have had the pleasure to enjoy over the years. That said, I can buy that she is a “bitch”. I take that as a compliment when someone calls me a bitch, like others have said, if it were men behaving this way the words would not be negative (bitch ice queen) but positive and empowering (assertive, confident).

  55. Jazz Jazz says:

    My son worked as a PA on the remake of the Body Snatchers ( I think it was called The Visitors) when she filmed it in D.C. and Baltimore. He said she was a lovely person. His job was to protect her when she was filming the Metro scene. While they were waiting for filming to start, she asked him questions about himself and where he went to school and what he was majoring in. I’d say that is not a diva, but a very nice person.

  56. To be fair... says:

    Someone who is paid to turn in a good performance doesn’t want crew chatting them up between takes. They stay in character, work on lines in their head, etc, and it’s distracting. Also, if a prop is moved like that, the whole scene could end up on the cutting room floor due to incontinuity. They actually hire someone to watch for that on set. The water? I have very nice friends who don’t take ice in their water. None of this says anything about her character, in my opinion. Not sure I understand why it’s meant to do so.

  57. Kosmos says:

    Her public persona and publicity smiles should not be confused with who the real Nicole is. I agree, she’s been a totally great actress, and in photos or on the red carpet or at events, she is all smiles and professionalism. Keep in mind that the real person (who may or may not be a spoiled bratty diva) can easily still exist. Just because we like her acting character in films does not necessarily mean that she is nice as a person. If she is truly considered to be an “ice princess” on set, that says a lot, if this is true.

  58. Ranga says:

    I really don’t enjoy Nicole’s performances, I also don’t believe she’s a tantrum throwing bitch.

  59. Lady_Luck says:

    I’m not sure I believe this, and perhaps some of the crew have a vendetta and plant stories. Nicole seems very down to earth, a little shy and a sweet person on the whole. She is an acclaimed actress and has a loyal following of both fans and a-listers alike. Unlike Bland Hathaway, Nicole IS actually an A-lister whose acting is certainly not terrible and whose screen presence bears enough weight to carry her through at least several more years.

  60. JP says:

    Whether or not Kidman is regularly a diva on her movie sets, this particular story is BS.

    If the brainiacs at the Enquirer (LOL) did their research, they’d know that Stoker completed shooting back on October 23. That’s nearly six weeks after the fact that they elected to post the ranting from their “source.” Yawn.

  61. ebraca says:

    4- time mother, not 2 time. 2 time bio-mom, but she has 4 kids.

  62. Dee says:

    I read a comment earlier that they thought Nicole cheated on Tom. That’s what Tom would like people to believe Tom an Penelope Cruz fell for each other while they were making that awful movie Vanilla Sky, that is why he left her, plus she supposedly mentioned raising the baby she was carrying Catholic not Scientology.

  63. Martha says:

    Cut her some slack folks.
    These are possibly true accounts, but my friends who are actors say that minor moving of a prop (the umbrella) IS a big deal especially if you’re trying to maintain continuity in a film.
    Re-shooting a scene b/c of misplacement of a prop is EXPENSIVE and if the script supervisor misses that (which clearly happened) then actor is responsible for matching the previous take EXACTLY. If Nicole hadn’t said something, and the scene went to post, that’s where the director and editor would have their fit. And would THEY be written about so horribly because they got upset? NO.

    Ice water when you’ve asked for water without ice IS A BIG DEAL if you’re talking for a living and managing your voice and your body for a specific performance.

    Would you feel the same way if someone like a politician, getting ready for a debate was upset about ice water? Probably not. Especially if the politician was a man.

    You’re writing responses without really understanding the degree of concentration and body control that acting requires. It is a physically demanding and exhausting job. It’s not a party.

    It is very similar to an athlete’s physical demands. People have mentioned many times of Tiger Wood ‘s demands on the road, but it’s ok for someone like him to make demands and be moody? Why? because it’s sports.

    Why don’t you spend 16 hours on a set for 2 months and then come back and read the article. I bet you’ll feel very differently about her behavior.