UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Former E!NewsAsia host marion caunter gets back to journalism mode to share her experience meeting Nicole Kidman
Marion Caunter meets Nicole
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