Love, laugh­ter, and lies Our cover star, Ni­cole Kid­man

Award-win­ning ac­tress and Hol­ly­wood roy­alty Ni­cole Kid­man chats to Jenny Cooney Car­rillo about find­ing love in her for­ties, cel­e­brat­ing sis­ter­hood, and work­ing with the great Meryl Streep

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Ni­cole Kid­man may well be Hol­ly­wood’s quin­tes­sen­tial Re­nais­sance wo­man. At 51, an age when most ac­tresses be­moan the lack of sub­stan­tial roles and the fad­ing lus­tre of their ca­reers, Ni­cole is rid­ing the crest of a pro­fes­sional wave. Her pres­ence and longevity have been rein­vig­o­rated in a no­to­ri­ously capri­cious in­dus­try that of­ten aban­dons gen­uine tal­ent if it’s not wrapped in a vi­va­cious 30-some­thing pack­age.

Yet here stands Ni­cole, who strode onto the Hol­ly­wood stage al­most three decades ago as Tom Cruise’s love in­ter­est in Days of Thun­der, de­fi­antly win­ning ac­co­lades and hon­ours not only for her mov­ing, com­plex roles on screen, but for her skill and acu­men as a pro­ducer, too. Big Lit­tle Lies, the HBO TV se­ries that Ni­cole stars in and co-pro­duces with ac­tress Reese Wither­spoon, re­ceived an as­tound­ing 16 Emmy nom­i­na­tions in 2017 and won eight, in­clud­ing a per­sonal Emmy for Ni­cole as Out­stand­ing Lead Ac­tress in a Lim­ited Se­ries or Movie. Un­der­pin­ning this ca­reer re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion is yet an­other suc­cess­ful sec­ond act, one that forms the per­fect foun­da­tion for her tri­umphs. And that foun­da­tion is the com­mit­ment, se­cu­rity and aŒffec­tion she has found with the love of her life, coun­try-mu­sic su­per­star Keith Ur­ban, the fa­ther of her daugh­ters Sun­day Rose, 10, who goes by Sunny, and Faith Mar­garet, eight, whom Ni­cole aŒffec­tion­ately calls Fifi.

“We’re told that the chances of find­ing love de­crease as you get older,” she says. “So I like to say to women now, ‘No, I met the love of my life at 40.’ It’s an im­por­tant thing to em­pha­sise, be­cause it’s a beau­ti­ful thing and if it hap­pened to me, it can hap­pen to any­one. Keith and I al­ways say how lucky we are to have each other. To come home to love and strength af­ter a hard day is nour­ish­ing and pow­er­ful.”

ON SUC­CESS TO­DAY

Ni­cole calls from her New York home less than 24 hours af­ter be­ing in Los An­ge­les for work. She’s keep­ing it short tonight so she can tuck in her two daugh­ters. Her hus­band is also busy, al­ways work­ing on new ma­te­rial, and the cou­ple are ea­ger to re­turn to their Nashville home later in the week. She talks about how won­der­ful it was to present at the 2018 Os­cars, hon­our­ing past win­ners. “It was nice to be there with no pres­sure, pre­sent­ing rather than be­ing up for an award, but still hav­ing had such a great year in tele­vi­sion,” she adds proudly. “It all feels rather sur­real that I’m hav­ing this ex­tra­or­di­nary time in my life – at 51!” But, Ni­cole is likely to play a some­what big­ger role in the up­com­ing Academy Awards, tak­ing place in Fe­bru­ary. There’s al­ready buzz sur­round­ing her per­for­mance in in­die thriller De­stroyer, which sees her trans­form into a drunk, dam­aged de­tec­tive. Is there a sec­ond Best Ac­tress award on the hori­zon?

In an­other dream­like mo­ment, shortly af­ter Big Lit­tle Lies be­came a global TV ob­ses­sion, Ni­cole re­ceived an e-mail from an un­ex­pected fan, act­ing leg­end Meryl Streep. “She re­ally re­sponded to the show and wrote one of the most beau­ti­fully elo­quent e-mails about her emo­tional reaction to my char­ac­ter’s sto­ry­line of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” the star re­calls ex­cit­edly. Ni­cole and Meryl have been friends since they shared a screen credit (but no scenes) in the 2002 drama, The

Hours, in which Ni­cole played au­thor Vir­ginia Woolf, win­ning an Os­car for the role. “I still call her ‘The Great One’,” >>

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