Nicole Kidman: ‘I loved the idea of being a nun… I was very drawn to it’

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Nicole Kidman covers the latest issue of Allure, to promote a trio of films. She’s promoting Destroyer, where she plays a tough American cop, Boy Erased, where she plays the churchy mom of a teenage boy sent to pray-the-gay-away camp, and Aquaman, where she plays Jason Momoa’s mom. That’s a pretty wide variety of performances for one fall awards season, huh? Anyway, I’m enjoying the return of “curly-haired Nicole.” She’s been easing her way back into her natural waves and curls for a couple of months, and I appreciate it. Nicole is sort of in the same boat as Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts – stuck in a time when center parts and flat-irons were the height of hairstyle fashion. She looks younger with curly hair, right? You can read the full Allure cover story here. Some highlights:

Why she plays so many different kinds of roles: “I’m very left-handed and very lateral. I just have the weirdest taste, which I follow. Right now, you’re seeing that. I still kind of work in the same way that I did 30 years ago. Each film, or each reason for doing something, vibrates from more than just the idea of making them.”

She loves swimming and playing in water: “We’re Australian, both of us, so water is very therapeutic. We have a beach house, and we will get up in the morning before we have breakfast, and we’ll go in the ocean. Reese [Witherspoon] is our next-door neighbor. Reese will be going, ‘What are you doing in the water, you lovebirds?’ She’ll tease us because she rarely goes in the ocean. ‘You crazy Australian kids.’ ”

She grew up Catholic: “I’m spiritual in the sense that I absolutely believe in God,” she says, while holding the crucifix between her porcelain fingers. “I loved the idea of being a nun. Obviously, I did not choose to go that path, but I was very drawn to it.”

She’s not a celebrity? “I don’t see myself as a celebrity. I’m not a celebrity. I’m not a movie star. I feel like I’m an actor. Beyoncé is a celebrity. And that’s a much bigger thing.”

[From Allure]

I’ll never understand the “I’m not a celebrity” demure from honest-to-God celebrities. If you asked Leo DiCaprio the same question, he’d probably say the same thing. Guess what, Nicole? You’re a celebrity! You’re also a “real actor.” You can be both, and you are both. As for being a nun… I could actually see that. She has the kind of all-or-nothing personality which I could absolutely see as a bride of Christ.

Cover courtesy of Allure.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    I love that she is having such a strong career resurgence

  2. BrutalEthyl says:

    Not a fan and never have been. IMO, she would have been the thirstiest nun in the herd.

  3. Esmerelda says:

    About the “not a celebrity” line, probably she defines being a celebrity as having the kind of fame she had when married to Tom Cruise or when she won the Oscar… she’s less in gossip magazines now, she just promotes her work.

  4. IMUCU says:

    When I was young I’d always kinda joke with my grandma that maybe I’d become a nun (I’d never been Catholic, but my immature assumptions about the quietitude and focus of being a nun appealed to me), and she is SDA. She’d always say “No, go be a missionary instead!” Now I’m a Unitarian and they don’t have nuns ¯_(๑❛ᴗ❛ ๑)_/¯. ;-)

  5. Charfromdarock says:

    I was terrified as a kid that I’d get “the calling” and become a nun.

  6. FuefinaWG says:

    This makes me want to grow my curly hair out. I have a love/ hate relationship with Nicole. I hate that’s she seems so nice.