Nicole Kidman goes back in time channeling a Stepford Wife wearing a blonde wig and Prada on the cover of W Magazine’s May 2012 issue with Clive Owen as photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by Arianne Phillips.
On the promo trail for their upcoming film Hemingway & Gellhorn the co-stars shared inside:
Nicole, on what attracted her to the HBO project: “I knew nothing about Martha [Gellhorn], but I\’ve always been drawn to unique women who are willing to take on the world. The exciting thing about this film is that you see her discovering her nature. At the beginning, she\’s a lot of talk. She knows that she\’s either got to get her hands dirty and become what she pretends to be or she\’s a fraud. In the end, Gellhorn out-Hemingways Hemingway.”
Clive, on sex scenes vs. scenes where he dies: “It\’s much harder to do a death scene. You\’ve got to do it convincingly, and it\’s a huge thing to die [laughs]. Sex scenes are only hard if there\’s no narrative conveyed through the sex scene. In the Hemingway film, the sex scenes have a story going through them. It\’s part of who these people are and what they are.”
Nicole on nudity: “I don\’t mind being naked. Maybe as I get older, and now after having had a baby, it might be different, but I enjoy not letting my issues get in the way of a performance. Once I start putting all my little insecurities in my mind, I\’m not actually acting. Then it\’s about meâ€”and it should never be about me. It should be about the character.”
Nicole, on husband Keith Urbanâ€˜s throat surgery & not being able to talk for three weeks: “Three weeks of no soundâ€”no laughing, no coughing, no sneezing, nothing. He could write things down, and he would scribble away. You can still fight when someone can\’t talk. When he disagreed with me, he would write, “This is unacceptable.” [Laughs.]
“All of those things make you closer. It was sort of profound: to go without his voice, and then to finally hear his voice. What if he sounded different? I was there for his first words, and then we cried. How many people experience their husband\’s first words? If that doesn\’t bring you closer, you\’re not breathing.”
You can read the full interview at WMagazine’s website.
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