There’s a reason Nicole Kidman has been cast as Queen Atlanna in the upcoming Aquaman. Though Nicole is not a stranger to the DC Universe, she returns more than a decade later, this time for the stand-alone Aquaman film. Nicole was originally in talks to play Queen Hippolyta in Wonder Woman. This also isn’t the first DC-related film that Nicole has done; she played Chase Meridian in 1995’s Batman Forever.
Recalling her thrill when director James Wan offered the role to her, she says, “As soon as he said I could wear mother-of-pearl and be a mermaid warrior, I said I’m done. Please. If there is one thing I have to do in my life, I have to be that. [Laughs] Because, you’ve got to have some fun!” The Oscar-winning actress craves to have fun, because there really is no rest for her.
Ever since she hit America in the early nineties, Nicole had always been underestimated — from Aussie ingénue to Mrs. Tom Cruise to mainstream movie star to serious actress. But she has proven detractors wrong, as her career, while Nicole is in her 50s, is actually spiralling up than tanking down. Nicole herself treads a life of paradoxes. The Nashville resident, who says she “loves the peace and quiet of farm life” also loves to live it up at any beach. “I am a total beach bum. Whether it is Bondi near home or Bahamas or Dubai, I am forever ready for the ocean,” says Nicole.
Nicole attributes her self-assurance to her upbringing. “I’m the daughter of a very provocative mother,” she says of Janelle Kidman, who taught nursing and also edited her husband’s books. “She always challenged the system, challenged me, challenged everything she could. It’s been a wonderful benefit. My mother came from that era of the conformity of getting married and having lots of children and not doing anything. She was determined to push us out of that.”
No Fun Without Family
Reminiscing For Nicole, her family is her first priority. She often travels with them and usually brings them with her to Cannes, where daughters Sunday and Faith spend their time at the pool. The family also travel with Keith Urban on his concert bus. “I commute or travel with the kids. They’re gypsies. Luckily, my husband is a musician and that’s what he knows. He’s not an office-job man. He really is the guy who can go, ‘Hey, we’re going to Antarctica tomorrow’, and he’d pack his bags,” says Nicole.
No wonder she is unperturbed by the logistics of taking her kids everywhere. “We can live anywhere in the world, strangely enough. We bring along blankies, pillows and candles, and can set up home anywhere. I did a film in Morocco and had my kids living out in tents,” she says. A confident Nicole is also raring to jump off a plane. “I’d love for my kids to accompany me. I have a skydiving license, so I would love to jump out of a plane,” she quips.
Listing out other travel plans, Kidman says, “I’ve never been to central Africa, so I’d love to go on safari! In fact, tour all of Africa! Holidays are a splurge for me that I never ever regret. I will never ever say, ‘Gosh, I wish we hadn’t done that.'”
As told to Aarti Kapur Singh