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Nicole Kidman on TV work, turning 50



Los Angeles – Looking radiant and very feminine in a beige long-sleeved ruffled lacey mini dress by Blumarine, Nicole Kidman visited us at our office in Beverly Hills to talk about the golden age of television for women, her reunion with Jane Campion on the hit TV series, “Top of the Lake,” and turning 50.

Nicole Kidman  (Photos courtesy of Janet R. Nepales/HFPA)

Nicole Kidman
(Photos courtesy of Janet R. Nepales/HFPA)

Now that we are in such an incredible time for television where there are these amazingly strong and varied roles for women and totally different stories are being told, what were the stories and impression she had of TV women and who were the people who resonated with her, we asked.

“When I was growing up, I was watching things like ‘Bewitched’ and ‘The Brady Bunch,’” she revealed. “There wasn’t a lot of miniseries. I saw ‘Roots’ and I was really amazed by that and moved by it. There was another series in Australia called ‘Against the Wind’ and those sort of stories were powerful.

“There was a point when I was just coming into being as a teenager when miniseries became very strong in Australia, and I was able to do a miniseries called ‘Vietnam.’ Then I did ‘Bangkok Hilton.’ These two were big successes in Australia. So for me, I didn’t grow up watching a lot of television, but my launch into my career in terms of really good roles came from television initially.

“So to come full circle and to do something like ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Top of the Lake’ and I have a supporting role in ‘Top of the Lake’ but it’s a great role. It’s amazing how things come full circle like that.”

Asked how her daughters with country singer Keith Urban – Sunday Rose, 9, and Faith Margaret, 7, – usually react when they see her in costume or visit the set, and Nicole said, “Yeah, my kids I think are just baffled, because they are like, ‘Who are you now? What are you doing now?’ They were there at the costume fitting and they know Jane, so when I was doing the look for ‘Top of the Lake’ they were just sitting on the couch. And they weren’t a big fan of that look, because they didn’t like the teeth and they didn’t like all the freckles.

“But a lot of times, I really try to protect them and they don’t really know what is going on. Their sense of their world is the most important world to them, and what I do and what Keith does is over here and they are not that interested.

Nicole Kidman as Julia Edwards in ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ (Season 2)

Nicole Kidman as Julia Edwards in ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ (Season 2)

“Keith and I always say, we do not have fans for children, to get them to come out and watch him play on the side stage when we are touring, they are always like, ‘Oh do we have to?’ And so they really would prefer to be on the tour bus, watching a movie, playing.

“Just recently we went to a big state fair a couple of nights ago and they wanted to go on the rides instead of watching daddy play guitar or on a set watching me act. It’s not interesting to them. It’s healthy. And we encourage it. So it’s great.”

Nicole, who just turned 50 last June 20, talked of how she felt hitting the milestone. “I am in a place in my life where I am shocked at how all of the things that have aligned at this point in my life, which is really a good thing to be given when you turn 50, because it still is a thing where you go okay, there is time and time is now less and I am aware of that and that is okay,” she said.

“But the main thing is just embracing the preciousness of it and that is why I am just fortunate. I feel glad to be able to say I am 50 and it’s not something I try to hide. At the same time, I am aware of what that means in terms of there isn’t endless time, like when you are 18 and you have got everything in front of you.”

Aware that the years are passing by and she is getting more and more popular and successful, Nicole pointed out, “I am in that place of going, okay, this is a pretty privileged place to be in and I want to always be grateful and respectful of where I am at, and to be as decent and respectful in that being what I am given right now. I bow down to the opportunities that I have been given, and also being in a position where I can be very human. So that is why I like discussing things from a very human, very honest, very open point of view.”

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