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Ni­cole Kid­man is bring­ing a child­hood dream to life for her own kids in Padding­ton. The Aus­tralian Os­car win­ner walked the red car­pet at the Aus­tralian premiere of the fam­ily film on Sun­day and spoke about why she wanted to join the cast of Padding­ton.

“I wanted to make a film for my kids. I haven’t made a kids’ film for a long time,” says Kid­man.

The last time the ac­tor made a chil­dren’s movie was in 2007, when she played a bad­die in The Golden Com­pass.

Kid­man is again im­mers­ing her­self in a vil­lain­ous role in the movie as Mil­li­cent, a taxi­der­mist who’s de­ter­mined to track down the lov­able duffel coat-wear­ing bear and add him to her col­lec­tion.

“I think I was the kid that watched The Wizard of Oz and wanted to play the wicked witch and was re­ally, sort of fas­ci­nated,” says Kid­man. “I don’t do a cackle (in

Padding­ton), but ... I wear very, very high shoes, which was re­ally hard for me.”

Kid­man says daugh­ters Sun­day Rose and Faith Mar­garet are huge Padding­ton Bear fans, just like she was as a child. “They have their own Padding­ton Bears now,” she says, adding they’ve watched the trailer “a mil­lion times”.

“They haven’t seen the film yet, so we’ll be pay­ing and go­ing when we’re back in the States.” The ac­tor briefly touched on her fa­ther’s pass­ing in Septem­ber, say­ing 2014 had been a tough year.

But re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia for the premiere had al­lowed her to catch up with her fam­ily, in­clud­ing her mother Janelle and sis­ter An­to­nia.

Kid­man says she was able to spend the day with them both on Satur­day and her mum was also at­tend­ing the premiere with her.

Padding­ton opens in cin­e­mas to­day.

Ni­cole Kid­man as the vil­lain­ous Mil­li­cent in

Padding­ton.

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