AS SHE TAKES ON RISKY PROJECTS, THE STAR PLAYS IT SAFE AS A MOM
Destroyer star Nicole Kidman discusses how she protects her kids from the dangers
of celebrity life.
For Nicole Kidman, the Dec. 12 LA premiere of her new blockbuster Aquaman was much more than a professional milestone. “It was really fun because my kids are inside, and this is the first premiere they’ve ever been to,” Nicole, 51, revealed. But Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, 8, were nowhere to be seen on the red carpet, thanks to Nicole and her country star husband Keith Urban’s first priority: shielding their daughters from fame.
“The idea of not being able to protect my child — or have my child not have me there when she needs me — is devastating,” Nicole says. “And on the flip side, there’s this incredible joy of having this little being who is so reliant on you and who looks up to you and who you are there in the world for.”
She had a stark reminder of this delicate parental balancing act while playing an alcoholic cop in another new film, Destroyer. “They are used to having an actress-mother and seeing me explore things,” she shared. “But I would take [my character] home and my children were shocked, particularly with the way I looked. They’re like, ‘You’re our granny now.’ ”
HOW SHE DOES IT
To keep such dissonant moments to a minimum, Nicole makes their lives as normal as possible. “We live in Nashville, not LA, and we live there for a reason,” she reveals. “I like the peacefulness — being able to step into the celebrity life for a moment when I need to, and then back out to all the real day-to-day things.”
And to guard them from the glare of the spotlight, she adheres to strict guidelines. “We have periods where we don’t turn on the TV and try to detox from it all. [And] we have a no-devices house,” Nicole shares. “The general rule is: play, hard-core and outside. Yesterday my children were up in the tree house, with eight friends over!”
These are lessons Nicole learned with Bella, 26, and Connor, 23, her adopted kids with ex-husband Tom Cruise. “I have to protect all those relationships,” she reveals. “I know 150 percent that I would give up my life for my children, because it’s what my purpose is.”
“My big passion is my family,” says Nicole (with Keith, SundayRose and Faith Margaret in 2017).