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Nicole Kidman Talks the One Phone Call That Changed Her Life & It's Not From Her Husband Keith Urban!

Nicole Kidman Talks the One Phone Call That Changed Her Life & It's Not From Her Husband Keith Urban!

Nicole Kidman is featured in Wall Street Journal magazine’s May issue and shared a lot about life including the one phone call, the one book and one piece of advice that all changed her life.

The 52-year-old Aussie actress currently has at least two projects in the works under her Blossom Films production company. They include adaptations of Liane Moriarty’s novels “Truly Madly Guilty” and “Nine Perfect Strangers”. (Nicole and Liane is are both Sydney-based and became friends when Nicole adapted Liane’s “Big Little Lies”.)

Here’s what Nicole shared with WSJ. Magazine:

On what really matters in life: “When you get to the top, just remember there’s nothing there. The only thing that really matters is love. No matter what your accomplishments are, it’s incredibly lonely if you’re not surrounded by some form of love.”

On starting the next goop: “Yeah, I don’t have the energy to have a lifestyle brand. I don’t think I have the right lifestyle to have a lifestyle brand because I am not sure what I’d be able to do, you know? I’m probably just a bit daydreamer-y. Keith will say, ‘What are you thinking?’ And I’ll say, ‘Oh, I just went away for an hour, I’m not sure where I went, but boy, it was a great journey.’”

On working with women: “I know how to be with women. I was raised pretty much [by women], I had a wonderful father, but the sex in our family is female. I have a sister, I have daughters, I have a very strong mother, I have aunts.”

On choosing her projects: “My taste is really out there. There’s no sense. I’m a complete random nonconformist. People are like, ‘What are you doing?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing.’ I’ll very much go on the record saying I have no idea what I’m doing.”

On the psychological toll her work takes: “Certain things penetrate psychologically in a really deep way. There is just no getting around that, and I wish there was. I haven’t been taught it. I have tried to learn it. I don’t have the ability. It does take a toll on my health, and it takes a toll on my spirit… I’m always trying to dig in. The unfortunate part of it is that the feelings are intense. I wish I could be the kind of person that’s like, eh. (shrugs) I have an unbelievably understanding husband and children—the little ones who are going like, ‘Why are you looking like that, Mummy?’ [But] their ability to understand artistically is very deep already.”

On keeping her relationship and family tight: “I’ll pass on films. We have a system worked out to keep the family together. When Keith’s not touring, it’s much easier. He’ll be on tour next year, and then I just don’t work as much. Literally—it will become imbalanced, and we will change it. We don’t have the answers, but the one thing we do know is that we will not jeopardize us.” (Nicole frequently passes on projects in which she has a supporting role or that shoot on the East Coast during months when her younger daughters’ school is not in session.)

On bringing her daughters Sunday and Faith to set: “They are kind of unusual in that they watch the filming, they are in the films. They have a great work ethic.” (Both girls had small parts in The Angry Birds Movie 2 and were extras in Big Little Lies.)

If one of her daughters wanted to be an actor: “I’d get out of their way.”

Click inside for many more quotes from Nicole Kidman…

On the one phone call that changed her life: “I remember Baz Luhrmann calling me and going, ‘I want you to be the lead in my film playing Satine in Moulin Rouge….’ That phone call can mean your whole destiny changes on a dime.”

On the one book or movie that changed her life: “The book that changed my life in a huge way was ‘War and Peace’ because I read it when I was on summer holidays when I 
was really young. I fell in love with the characters; I got lost in the characters.”

On the one piece of advice that most changed her life: “When you get to the top, just remember there’s nothing there. The only thing that really matters is love. No matter what your accomplishments are, it’s incredibly lonely if you’re not surrounded by some form of love.”

On the one person you call in a crisis: It would always be my husband [Keith].

On who is the one person, alive or dead, she’d most like to have dinner with: “My dad, who’s not around anymore. He died, and I would love to have dinner with him again.” (Antony Kidman was an Australian psychologist, biochemist and academic who passed away in 2014.)

On the one thing about which you most often say, “Well, maybe one day”: “Maybe one day I’ll hike Machu Picchu. Maybe one day I’ll sort of get to do all the adventures. Never seen the pyramids… Still have not been to Africa. Desperately want to go to Africa, so maybe one day.”

For more of Nicole‘s interview, visit WSJ.com!

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