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Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Ni­col Reed

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - MICHELLE HUR­LEY

Ni­cole Kid­man is 50. How did that hap­pen? I’ve known of her since I was about 12 — we went to the same high school and even then she was talked about in hushed won­der. I even met her briefly once, hav­ing scored an in­vi­ta­tion to the premiere of Dead Calm (only be­cause my best friend’s mother was the pub­li­cist). I was 16 and hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing at how cool I was, un­til I was given the on­ceover by Ni­cole and found want­ing. When you’re a teenager, you tend to as­sume fame will be yours one day, un­til the years tick by and you fail to set the world alight in any mean­ing­ful man­ner, and sud­denly you re­alise those hog­ging the lime­light are some­how younger. Any­way, Ni­cole. Fa­mous, tal­ented but al­ways five years older than me! And now she’s 50, and, hav­ing laid off the Bo­tox, look­ing amaz­ing and feel­ing blessed. Of course she is. And here am I, five years to go, feel­ing not re­motely Ni­cole Kid­man, but de­cid­edly more Shane Wat­son, who writes on page 16 about what no one tells you about the big 5-0.

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