UP CLOSE AND PER­SONAL

For­mer E!NewsAsia host mar­ion caunter gets back to jour­nal­ism mode to share her ex­pe­ri­ence meet­ing Nicole Kid­man

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Mar­ion Caunter meets Nicole

Kid­man

When peo­ple ask me about my ex­pe­ri­ence meet­ing Nicole Kid­man, I say, “There are stars in this world and there are STARS! She is a me­gas­tar!” When I re­ceived the in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend Omega’s Her Time ex­hi­bi­tion in St Peters­burg, I im­me­di­ately jumped at it. Kid­man was go­ing to be there and I am a huge fan and have been one for a while now. I couldn’t wait to meet her.

But truth be told, I was also a lit­tle ner­vous. Some­times when I am a fan of some­one, I al­most don’t want to meet them be­cause I don’t want to be dis­ap­pointed. I have done my fair share of in­ter­views when I was host­ing and some stars have proven to be even nicer in per­son, while some just turned me off. I had a co-host who said she was quite chal­leng­ing to in­ter­view, so I re­ally wasn’t sure what she was go­ing to be like.

None­the­less, I was more ex­cited than any­thing else to meet Kid­man. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to take a pic­ture or shake her hand. I didn’t know what to ex­pect at in­ter­views or events. But what­ever hap­pens, hap­pens and I am just grate­ful and blessed that I was go­ing to be there and meet these stars.

On the day we were in­vited to have tea with her, I got all dressed up and went to the lo­ca­tion which was on the rooftop of one of the ho­tels. We sat down, while chit-chat­ting, from out of nowhere, she ap­peared.

I re­mem­ber the mo­ment she walked in, the whole place fell si­lent. Ev­ery­body was in awe of her pres­ence be­fore start­ing to clap. It was this kind of si­lent awk­ward­ness. She took her seat and the in­ter­view be­gan.

At one point, she looked at us and asked, “Does any­body have a ques­tion?” No­body replied and then she said, “There are a lot of

drinks here, I think you guys need to drink more and open up!” That sort of broke the ice be­cause she was so cute about it. At that point, we re­laxed a lit­tle and be­gan warm­ing up.

What I loved about her was that she re­ally opened up to us, which a lot of stars don’t. She went into de­tail and an­swered with a lot of depth. She took her time, which a lot of stars I have in­ter­view over the years didn’t, they sort of glazed over the ques­tions and gave a PRsavvy an­swer, but with Kid­man I felt that I could sit down and lis­ten to her talk about be­ing an ac­tress, a mum, a wife in so much de­tail. And I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated that be­ing a mum my­self.

I re­mem­ber her say­ing that she can go to Machu Pic­chu and can also go to Paris and Las Ve­gas and have a great time. This showed me how real she is. When we met her, she ac­tu­ally com­pli­mented Sally (ac­tress Siti Saleha) and I, say­ing how young and pretty we were! That was hi­lar­i­ous be­cause I thought, “Look at you!”

She is al­most too per­fect a crea­ture be­cause her beauty is so sur­real. But then you re­alise she is just like ev­ery­one else. She has the same con­cerns like all of us have but can also party it up in Las Ve­gas, which is a side a lot of peo­ple don’t get to see.

One of the things she spoke about was about be­ing strong, which is some­thing I posted on my In­sta­gram. She said peo­ple talk about be­ing strong like it is no big deal but be­ing strong to her is when you can get out of a re­ally tough, rock­bot­tom-type sit­u­a­tion. That is strength to her, which is why she is drawn to char­ac­ters like that.

Her roles are never about these very ob­vi­ous roles. She has these sub­tle ways of por­tray­ing strength. There is so much emo­tion you can see in just her eyes. It is very sub­tle, yet there is so much that she says through her eyes. And that’s why I think Kid­man is so spe­cial.

At the gala, when she walked in, I thought to my­self, “Can you be more beau­ti­ful?” But I think what makes her so beau­ti­ful is that her beauty comes from within – from a place of strength, from every­thing she has been through in her life. An­other thing that struck me about Kid­man was that she had this shy­ness about her. She would gig­gle af­ter say­ing some­thing. That made her even more beau­ti­ful and all the more en­dear­ing and real.

I def­i­nitely feel that Omega has cho­sen the per­fect am­bas­sador be­cause she por­trays every­thing about time­less beauty. A watch is not just for the now but also some­thing you can pass down to your chil­dren. I was also ex­cited to go on this trip be­cause Omega has a spe­cial place with me. The first watch Nasa (Mar­ion’s hus­band SM Nasarudin SM Nasimud­din) gave me was an Omega Con­stel­la­tion and I plan to pass it down to my daugh­ters. Leia and Lana will have to fight over it. Hope­fully they will pass it down to their chil­dren.

That was some­thing Kid­man spoke about as well. A watch will al­ways have a spe­cial mean­ing for you. So, yes, meet­ing Kid­man was ob­vi­ously the high­light of my trip, but I also loved that I was able to view all the beau­ti­ful watches on dis­play. There were so many pieces and it was in­ter­est­ing to see how they have evolved over the years.

I could have been in a mu­seum, see­ing all the dif­fer­ent types of watches. That was spe­cial. I wanted to walk away with so many pieces, es­pe­cially the vin­tage pieces be­cause I was drawn to the his­tory of it all.

All this makes it a very spe­cial trip and it def­i­nitely goes into that spe­cial box. I think I have a real Nicole Kid­man crush now.

“The first watch Nasa gave me was an Omega Con­stel­la­tion and I def­i­nitely plan to pass it down to my daugh­ters. Leia and Lana will have to fight over it”

– Mar­ion Caunter

MAR­ION CAUNTER AT THE MEET AND GREET WITH NICOLE KID­MAN ALONG­SIDEAC­TRESS SITI SALEHA AS WELL AS CELEBRI­TIES AND IN­FLU­ENCERS FROM THEOTHER COUN­TRIES

MAR­ION CAUNTER AT­TENDS THE HER TIME EX­HI­BI­TION GALA HELD AT THE MAR­BLE PALACE, ST. PETERS­BURG

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