Nicole Kidman wears a floppy hat on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s Sundance Issue as photographed by Ruven Afandor.
Inside she speaks openly about sex, violence and movies and her latest love of smaller independent films:
Violence & Sex in Films: “Violence is a lot more shocking than sex — sex is primal. Lee (Daniels) 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.”
Choosing Independent films over Big Studio films: “My heart is independent. 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.”
On urinating in The Paperboy: “I just don’t find urination shocking. 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.”
On her relationship with directors: “I do develop very powerful relationships with most of my directors. Gus Van Sant changed my career with To Die For. I’ll definitely work with Lars von Trier again. And [The Hours director] Stephen Daldry is like a soulmate. He was so kind to me when I was pregnant, even when I couldn’t do The Reader.”
You can read more at the Hollywood Reporter’s website.
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