Nicole Kidman opens up about her children and their devotion to Scientology: “I utterly respect their beliefs”
Nicole Kidman covers the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, to promote her new movie, “Stoker”. The new thriller will premiere at Sundance. The interview inside is good and juicy! For the first time (that I can remember), Nicole opened up about her children with Tom Cruise, Isabelle and Connor, and their involvement in the Scientology church. (Even though she doesn’t say much, she does say something.)
According to MANY sources, shortly after Tom and Nicole divorced, the Scientology
cult church deemed Nicole a “suppressive person” and held weekly meetings with Connor and Isabelle and brainwashed them into thinking their mom was a sociopath, and needed to be shunned. Ever since the divorce, the kids have stood by Tom’s side – and Scientology has controlled their opinions of their mother. How sad.
Anyway, here’s clips from the interesting interview. Read on!
Peeing on Zac Efron in The Paperboy: “I just don’t find urination shocking,” Kidman declares matter-of-factly. “I think I peed in the beginning of Eyes Wide Shut, too. But then, I don’t find a lot of things shocking! Violence is a lot more shocking than sex — sex is primal. Lee [Daniels, director of The Paperboy] had an obsession about shooting me from behind — he was obsessed with my ass! To me, that was so funny. He’s hilarious, I love him. I’m drawn to Lee for his wild nature. I felt shy singing in Moulin Rouge! But peeing — no, not shy.”
Did her divorce happen because of Scientology?: “I’ve chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology. I have two children [adopted with Cruise] who are Scientologists — Connor and Isabella — and I utterly respect their beliefs.”
On her recent movies: “I try to go places I’m terrified of,” she says. “It makes you more compassionate. The journey of life is hard; you’re always waiting for the cannonball to come and hit you. I do develop very powerful relationships with most of my directors,” admits Kidman. “Gus Van Sant changed my career with To Die For. I’ll definitely work with Lars von Trier again. And [The Hours director] Stephen Daldry is like a soulmate. He was so kind to me when I was pregnant, even when I couldn’t do The Reader. It’s not the size of the role I care about, it’s the subject matter here: torture and the human soul.”
She’s a Southern girl: “I’m just a nice Southern girl. It’s such an easy lifestyle. And it’s more diverse than you’d expect. There’s so much great music. The Black Keys go jogging past the restaurant Keith and I go to. We’ll hang out with Jack White in the studio. And there’s music in our house all the time — Keith plays harmonica, drums, banjo, piano and bass guitar. He has a strong will about his career, and so do I. We want each other to thrive and do what we love, and we never interfere in the other’s career choices.”
On the future: “I really want to do Chekhov in Russian. I know my choices are erratic and unpredictable, and there’s no rhyme or reason. I want to be spontaneous. I love subtext. Subtext is what’s interesting — in Ibsen, in Chekhov, in all the great literature. The sound of Russian gives it such gravitas. It’s a very difficult language. It’s always been my dream to perform Chekhov in Russian. And don’t be surprised when I do it.”
She wants to do more Indie movies: “My heart is independent. I come from Australia, I was trained in indie movies. It’s an unconscious decision — it’s who I am. As an actor, you live and die by your choices. I don’t associate with mainstream films anymore. I don’t do so well in them, either. I guess I have a foot in both worlds. I’ve been offered some studio films this year and turned them down. They just didn’t align with who I am. I actually don’t even know what a movie star is now — what is a movie star? When the best female part of the year is Claire Danes in ‘Homeland,’ you know the game’s changed. Maybe in the ’50s, there was a far more particular idea for a movie star. But now that’s all blurry — everything’s more fluid.”
I think she should go back to doing more Indie films as well. I didn’t see ‘The Paperboy’, and I’m not really dying to. I know her performance was good, she was nominated for a Golden Globe. I don’t know…. I might see it on DVD.
Nicole looks beautiful in these pictures!