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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