By Amy Croffey
Despite starring in over 70 films and being one of the most famous, in-demand actors of our time and winner of numerous accolades, including five Golden Globes and an Oscar, Nicole Kidman is still kicking herself.
Appearing at the Australian premiere of her latest film Destroyer on Monday night Kidman said she never takes landing roles for granted.
“I am just grateful to even be working,” she said.
“I am just fortunate right now to be given opportunities and chances and that people will take chances on me.
“I am always amazed that I still have the opportunity to try things and people will finance films with me.”
Kidman described the independent film, a gritty crime drama directed by Karyn Kusama in which she stars as an unrecognisable, troubled LAPD detective, as one of her toughest to date.
“It [features] a tough, dark, complicated, angry female on screen … to get distribution for a film like this is even difficult … and much tougher than it used to be. Films in general are having a much harder time,” Kidman said.
“A film like Aquaman [in which Kidman stars as Atlanna] is in its own universe, but when you are dealing with things like Destroyer, we have to get out there and take it to the people.”
It had been predicted that Kidman would be up for a Best Actress award for her role as Destroyer’s Erin Bell and possibly make history with another nomination as Supporting Actress in Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, but neither eventuated.
But she claims she doesn’t think she has been “snubbed” as so many headlines have suggested.
“No, I think it’s a wonderful thing that so many women this year are being acknowledged,” Kidman said.
“To see Glenn [Close for The Wife] acknowledged, I have known her for decades, and to see her stepping up on the podium is just glorious, as well as Stephanie [Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born] and Melissa McCarthy, who is doing some of her best work [in Can You Ever Forgive Me], it’s great.”
But who is Kidman backing for the win?
“I don’t back any of them, for me, you back them all,” she said.
“As women, we are all saying to each other I have your back, let’s go, and let’s put some really great female characters up on screen for other women and other men to see so it will enter into their psyches.”
A large contingent of fans gathered at the self-titled “world’s most beautiful cinema” to catch a glimpse and a selfie of Kidman, who was feeling a little shy, or possibly a bit over-heated in the sweltering 85% humidity in a miscalculated, white, two-piece Ermanno Scervino suit.
“Everyone is just staring,” she said, sounding exasperated.
Kidman took her niece, Lucia Hawley, 21, daughter of Antonia, as her plus-one in the place of her husband Keith Urban who is on tour in Brisbane.
The US-based star said she has been enjoying her time back home staying at her penthouse in North Sydney since early December.
“It’s been great. We are just lying low and enjoying family time right now. Seeing my mum, seeing my sis, seeing the kids and the cousins and everyone is spending time together,” she said.
Amy Croffey is an entertainment reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age