Nicole Kidman in red L’Wren Scott in NYC: cheap-looking or lovely?

Lots of Nicole Kidman today! Did you know that Nicole has Twihard-like fan girls? True story. And they think Nicole walks on water and they yell at me when I don’t acknowledge her as a saint on earth. Personally, I thought I was being very nice and generous to Nicole in my earlier post, but the fan girls are really upset. Well, those fan girls should double-up on their big-girl panties, because this post might be slightly “harsher”.

These are pics of Nicole at last night’s premiere (also described as a “gala” for some reason) of The Paperboy in NYC. Nicole wore this red L’Wren Scott. I love L’Wren. Truly. She’s like the anti-Georgina Chapman. But this dress isn’t the best, and I’m not sure I like it on Nicole at all. I’m not one of those “gingers should never wear red” people. Some gingers can pull it off. But I don’t think Nicole is pulling this off, and part of the reason is that the fabric is just kind of… I don’t know, cheap-looking? Maybe I would feel differently if I saw this on a brunette. I might, quite honestly. Also: Nicole’s bolt-ons look incredibly high and ridiculous in this dress.

In other Nicole news, her Paperboy director, Lee Daniels, says that Nicole flat-out refused to say the n-word:

Nicole Kidman went outside of her comfort zone to play a sexy role in The Paperboy, but there was one thing she wasn’t willing to do.

“I asked her to use the ‘N’ word,” director Lee Daniels revealed Wednesday during a press conference for the film. “I could feel the racial tension there in the town. She said, ‘I won’t do it.’ I told my producer, ‘She won’t do it!’ Then he mapped it out — ‘Lee, day one she is on a washing machine, day two she is urinating on Zac Efron, day three she’s having telepathic sex . . . I think you can forgive her.”

Kidman, 45, plays a trashy, bleach-blonde woman in the dark, twisted film set in the 1960s. The Paperboy stars Efron and Matthew McConaughey as two brothers investigating the case of a death row inmate played by John Cusack, who Kidman’s character is obsessed with marrying.

“I just didn’t feel it was right for the character,” the actress explained of why she wouldn’t say the word. “I have a son [Connor Cruise] who is African American. I just didn’t feel like it was right. What I try to do as an actor is fulfill a director’s vision. I have opinions, but at the same time I’m not there to stop him from anything. I’ve really tried to do that in every film. I never want to pull them off their vision.”

Kidman is mother to adopted children Isabella, 19, and Connor, 17, with ex-husband Tom Cruise, and daughters Sunday Rose, 4, and Faith Margaret, 21 months, with husband Keith Urban. But the mother of four does want to take on more challenging roles in the future.

“I just wanted to push myself to do something I haven’t done before. I want to feel challenged, ripped open, to bring discomfort to myself and it’s really hard to find those roles and people who will do it with you,” she said. “But at this point in my life I don’t want to be scared. I’m going to push through.”

[From Us Weekly]

I don’t think Nicole should have to feel like she needs to apologize or hedge for refusing to say the n-word. She didn’t think it was right for the character, and she probably didn’t want to say it ever, in general. Which is fine. I’m glad Lee Daniels didn’t push for it, and I’m glad Nicole drew a line somewhere. It’s funny that her line in the sand was “no n-word” and not “spontaneous orgasm upon seeing John Cusack” or “peeing on Zac Efron”.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. DuBarry says:

    She could wear a paper bag & still look good.

    • Ella says:

      As long as she doesn’t try to move her face.

      • Charlotte says:

        I feel the need to go watch Practical Magic and sigh deeply for the former beauty that was Nicole Kidman’s face.
        As for the dress, I can’t picture anyone who would pull that off. I don’t feel she’s managing it any worse than anyone else. She at least has the requisite long & thin body type.

      • Em says:

        Her new breast implants seem a little too big.

    • deehunny says:

      that’s true but the dress is beautiful and not cheap looking at all. think of how pretty this pick would have been for christina aguellaria (sp) accepting that hunger award if she still refused to wear a suit.

  2. Dorothy#1 says:

    I thinks she looks good, but I do want her hair to be a little darker.

    Oh and I would do just about anything to Zac Efron!!!!

  3. Cleveland Girl says:

    She looks good, but is simply getting too old to carry off the long hair. Pretty skin tho.

    • Tilly says:

      I think her hair style is morphing into Jerry Hall’s.

    • themummy says:

      I resent this idea that as women get older they must chop off their hair…it’s very symbolic of the way that we prize youth to such an extent that we deny women the right to still be feminine or womanly after a certain age. As a society, we play into this idea that women should be stripped of the woman-ness. The idea makes me sick. I personally will have gorgeous long red hair as long as I can, and then gorgeous long white hair. The idea that a woman is too old to have long hair once she reaches her 40s is both completely arbitrary and crazy.

      • skuddles says:

        I hear you themummy… I’ll likely be rocking the long hair for the rest of my life too. Had short hair as a small kid, hated it, and I’ve kept it long ever since. My Mom is 70 now and her hair reaches her waist – she wears it up for the most part but it looks fab when it’s down… not at all “inappropriate”.

      • blonde on the dock says:

        I totally agree. Why should women be expected to get the poodle cut after forty???

      • Mazunte says:

        “it’s very symbolic of the way that we prize youth to such an extent that we deny women the right to still be feminine or womanly after a certain age. As a society, we play into this idea that women should be stripped of the woman-ness. The idea makes me sick.”

        Well said. I couldn’t agree more. When I read the comment above I was like, “WTF?”

        There is no age limit to long hair as long as it looks good. My cousin, who is 56, wears it like Maria Callas, a well-made bun (she actually looks like Maria Callas), and a friend’s mother has gorgeous long gray hair and she is 63.

    • Jayna says:

      I disagree. Kim Basinger rocked her long hair a long time and looked amazing. The woman on Revenge, Madeline Stowe, has long dark hair, and looks amazing. She is 54.

  4. ladybert62 says:

    Hate the dress – hate the hair (get a decent cut and style)

    And hate the fact that she looks several feet taller than her husband (old school opinion I know but I have never liked women taller than their husbands/boyfriends etc).

    • Bluedog says:

      You’re right. It IS an old school opinion. And a ridiculous one.

      I like the dress and her hair looks pretty here, though she is getting a bit old for that length.

      • Al says:

        I LOVE that Keith doesn’t seem to have an issue with her height.

      • Dena says:

        I don’t usually care about the height difference so much but WHAT IS killing me is that given the difference in their height AND with those heels on her waist is as high up as his mid-chest What’s up with that?

        Two other things: Did see get a boob job? And that dress is ugly to me. Sometimes I think she puts out a fashion call for the ugliest dresses currently being designed and sold.

  5. Mara says:

    She looks beautiful no matter what she wears .

  6. Chicagogurl17 says:

    Love the dress. It’s her hair and shoes that make her look budget.

  7. stephanie says:

    every time I look at her i wince thinking about how hard she probably has to work to keep looking like that. I think it takes something away from it that the effort is so visible.

    woman probably hasn’t had a muffin in 35 years.

  8. Ari says:

    love her hair for once!

  9. Hmmm says:

    Like the dress and make-up – think she looks good with red. But the hair is kind of meh

  10. Birdie says:

    Her lips look.. gasp..normal. Good for her, but her botox injections need to stop. Like now!

  11. marie says:

    I think it’s the dress, I dunno it’s weird for her body and the front looks like it should be the back.

    I really wish she’d free the forehead and let it move though.

  12. LadyLupton says:

    I’m glad she drew a boundary and stuck with it. Good on her.

    Her front does look odd, I can’t figure out whether it’s the dress to the boobs.

  13. Meg13 says:

    I would have a “spontaneous orgasm upon seeing John Cusack”! Heck, that’s not acting- it’s just a natural response of a woman’s body. ;) The man could be 104 and I’d still hit it. He’s prolly the only reason I’ll see this!

  14. dcypher1 says:

    That dress looks like the fabric of my moms old couch. It looks very matronly on her.

  15. Dhavy says:

    The hair color and the shoes are what’s making it look cheap. She’s a beauty, even if her forehead doesn’t move.

  16. KC says:

    Red lips AGAIN! They are haunting me today — stoooop the madness

    I actually don’t mind the dress. I’m kind of over her flowing locks of bleachedness. Call me crazy but I loved her as the supercurly redhead in ‘Dead Calm’.

    • taxi says:

      That was her natural color & texture. She’s been straightening & bleaching ever since. Now she’s got gray roots in most off-the-red-carpet pics.

  17. RainBeau says:

    FINALLY! Nicole’s lips look effin normal!!!! She may still have a chance at being beautiful again. Now she just needs to ween herself from the tox.

  18. bns says:

    She’s one of my red carpet faves, but I’m not a fan of this one.

    Everytime I see a picture of her I always wonder what it would be like if she hadn’t messed with her face. Sigh.

  19. KellyinSeattle says:

    She looks pretty good; the dress, not so much, but I do like the color. Keith always reminds me of the Beatles when they conquered America!

  20. sapphire says:

    That FACE. What must it be like to have shiny, swollen, frozen cheecks and forehead? And fake lips? She had great skin, why do this?

  21. Dee Cee says:

    She’s so pretty

  22. RobN says:

    It really is just the hair that’s a problem. It’s got a real budget look to the dye job that is hard to explain when she’s clearly spending a fortune on it. Her natural color is so stunning that I just don’t get why she doesn’t stick with it.

  23. DreamyK says:

    Nicole wears a ton of L’Wren clothes and usually they’re spot on..but this dress..just no. Please. No.

  24. Cinesnatch says:

    I don’t get how one day she looks busted and the next she looks kind of flawless. WTF. Is it the lighting?

    Did she lay off the fillers? Did she pump her face up with them? Is it the red color? (I don’t know if I like the cut, but I approve of the design) I don’t know anymore.

    But these pictures … her skin hasn’t look this good in years.

    • Nev says:


      Her face looks like it calmed down from the Emmys. Much better. She should lay off the blonde too. So much better this colour.

  25. Shelly says:

    I love her hair like this. She looks absolutely beautiful.

  26. I Choose Me says:

    I like the warmer shade of blonde? auburn? on her and hey, her top lip does not look slug-like in these pics so I call her overall appearance a win.

  27. Reece says:

    I like the dress. She looks really good. *surprised* The shoes look like they’re about to break her feet. Shoes=Nope!

  28. M.S. says:

    The shoes are L’Wren, too.

  29. Christina says:

    You just can’t picture how much I love the fact that she’s not stick thin anymore. She looks amazing!

  30. Sabrine says:

    Perhaps it’s not all Botox. A few extra pounds plumps up facial wrinkles. Her hair is lovely. No one is going to judge the length of my hair at whatever age I am, even if I’m pushing a walker and it keeps getting caught in the wheels!

  31. GreenTurtle says:

    Nicole, I love ya, hon, but leave your face alone. You’re starting to look like Rachel Zoe, and that is NOT the look.

  32. Amy says:

    Wow. I’m actually thinking that Nicole’s face looks pretty good here! I’m seeing the Nicole of old, the Nicole of Dead Calm…in the face at least. She would look so much better with darker hair.

  33. Joanna says:

    i wish she would go back to red, so much better, blond washes her out.