Monday, November 21, 2016


with Nicole in Beverly Hills

  During the past year Nicole Kidman tells me, she has had what she describes as "a massive amount of work," both as an actress and a producer.

  But the one thing she wanted more than anything was to accept the offer to star in the Broadway production of the award-winning play Photograph 51 which was such a success for her in London's West End.
   She played Rosalind Franklin, the often overlooked x-ray crystallographer who discovered the double helix structure of DNA while working at King's College London.
Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 in London's West End
   "It's a great play and a great role and I would have had an amazing time," she says ruefully. "But we had a family meeting and my kids said 'No.' They didn't want to go to New York for four months, and I get it. I'm not a single girl and not a childless woman and I need to bow down to that."
   She has two daughters, Sunday Rose, 8 and five-year-old Faith, with  musician Keith Urban, her husband of ten years.  
   Nicole is her usual friendly self although when we talk at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills about her new movie Lion she is in the middle of a particularly hectic schedule and has taken a brief break from filming Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, a remake of the 1970 film that starred Clint Eastwood.
     "I was shooting in Louisiana, got on a plane and went straight home to Nashville so I was able to take my kids to school, spend the morning with Keith and then got on another plane to come here to Los Angeles to fulfill my obligation to Lion and then I go straight back to Louisiana again," she says, showing no sign of fatigue or jet lag. 
   In Lion she portrays real-life Australian Susan Brierley who, with her   
husband adopted two Indian boys and raised them in  Hobart, Tasmania.
Nicole Kidman in Lion

    The film is based on the book A Long Way Home by one of the boys, Saroo Brierley (played by Dev Patel) who was adopted after being found on the streets of Calcutta when he was five years old and, 25 years later, with the help of Google Earth, set out to find his real mother in an Indian village, the name of which he could not recall.     

    "When I read the script I didn't know it was a true story and I was still so moved," the 49-year-old actress tells me." I just wanted to be in it.  I hadn’t played an Australian woman like this so it was my way of connecting back to my country. And I loved the message of unconditional love."

    Nicole, who adopted two children with her then-husband Tom Cruise, adds:  "The movie is a love letter to my children who are adopted and it's not about anything other than 'I wanted you  and whatever your journey is, I'm here to love and support you.' That's what I connected to. I wanted to make the film for them.

 "When you are an adoptive mother, of course you think about the birth mother and the birth parents and what it all means and how our lives are intertwined in some way, whether the child chooses to find the birth parents or not. "



  It's always a pleasure seeing Nicole Kidman, whom I first met 21 years ago on Batman Forever. A lot of water under the bridge si...