I don’t want to be a pessimist here, but anything connected to Scientology has me raising an eyebrow. Actress Nicole Kidman, who has had very little contact with her children Connor and Bella since her divorce from Tom Cruise, says that regardless of their beliefs, she respects them and their religion in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Here are some other highlights from her interview. What do you guys think?
Respects The Scientology Beliefs of Her Children With Cruise, Connor and Isabella
It’s pointed out to her that a recent issue (Jan. 16) of THR contains an excerpt from Going Clear, the new book on Scientology by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, in which her divorce from Cruise is blamed on the “cult” religion and heavily referred to. “I’ll bet it is,” she says to a reporter before quickly looking at something else in the issue. “My eye is going to a dress here — that’s how interested I am in this.” “I’ve chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology. I have two children [adopted with Cruise] who are Scientologists — Connor [the Red Dawn actor is now 17] and Isabella  — and I utterly respect their beliefs.” Vanity Fair’s Scientology exposé and Wright’s book both claim the Church turned them against her — something she’ll neither confirm nor deny. It’s maybe the one place this very purposefully open actress won’t go.
Legs Became Bruised From Filming Rough Sex Scenes in The Paperboy
When Director Lee Daniels asked if she was getting hurt when filming rough sex scenes for The Paperboy, she shrugged him off, wanting to keep working. “The next day,” he recalls, “Nic showed up with purple and blue bruises all over her legs! I said, ‘You crazy bitch — go put some makeup on your legs!’ ”
Won’t Accept Free Clothes, Claims It Would Be Tacky
“Never would I take free clothes,” she says, turning up her famous nose. “That would be so … tacky. These people work so hard to make beautiful things — you have to appreciate that.”
Questions What It Means To Be A Movie Star And Confesses That She No Longer Associates with Mainstream Film
“My heart is independent,” she says. “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?” she muses. “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.”
Doesn’t Find Her Paperboy Film Pee Scene Shocking
“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.” Clearly, her director felt the same way. “Lee 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.”
On Her Life In Nashville
“I’m just a nice Southern girl,” she says with, perhaps, a touch of tease. “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.”
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