Ni­cole

AS SHE TAKES ON RISKY PROJECTS, THE STAR PLAYS IT SAFE AS A MOM

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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).

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