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Nothing could have prepared Nicole Kidman for The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

The actress, who won an Emmy Award last month for HBO’s Big Little Lies, blindly signed on to work with Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos after watching his peculiar dystopian romance The Lobster. When she eventually read the script, she discovered an even stranger story than that black comedy, in which people are turned into animals if they can’t find soulmates.

In Sacred Deer (now showing in 34 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas; additional cities Friday; in theaters nationwide Nov. 10), Kidman plays Anna, the austere wife of a brilliant surgeon, Steven (Colin Farrell), who is accused of killing a menacing teen’s father on his operating table. Struck by a curse, Steven and Anna must choose which of their family members to sacrifice to right that wrong.

Lanthimos finds unexpected, unsettling humor in the clan’s stilted interactions, as the couple’s children gradually become paralyzed and beg to be spared.

“I was like, ‘Yorgos, I have no idea how to play this as a comedy,’ ” says Kidman, laughing. She turned to Farrell, who worked with Lanthimos on The Lobster and constantly assured her, ” ‘This will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced.’ ”

The film — a grisly riff on the Greek myth of Iphigenia, who is threatened with sacrifice after her father kills a sacred deer — is meant to make audiences “uncomfortable, but also kind of entertained,” Lanthimos says. The former certainly applies to Steven and Anna’s kink for “general anesthetic” sex, a position in which she goes limp like a medicated patient.

That scene is “really strange and says so much about the relationship,” Kidman says. “I was at first going, ‘Oh, no, I don’t want to have to do that,’ but I also relished the idea because it was so unique and compelling.”

Sacred Deer is one of four wildly different projects that Kidman, 50, premiered at France’s Cannes Film Festival in May, along with this summer’s The Beguiled,fall miniseries Top of the Lake: China Girl and upcoming sci-fi romance How to Talk to Girls at Parties. Beginning with her Oscar nomination for last year’s Lion, the actress is in the midst of an Internet-bestowed “Kidmanaissance,” which she chalks up to coincidence.

Work “ebbs and flows,” Kidman says. “Is it lovely for it to collide with turning 50? Yes, and to be able to have Big Little Lies embraced like it was — particularly at this time for women — speaks loudly to the community.”

In the miniseries, Kidman played a well-to-do housewife and victim of domestic abuse, which she called a “complicated, insidious disease” in her Emmys acceptance speech. But she’s wary of discussing the flood of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who produced Kidman films such as Lion, The Others and Cold Mountain.

“I’ve made my statement, and I’m reluctant to get into this now because that would be a whole other (topic),” she says.

Next up, Kidman will appear in superhero movie Aquaman and gay-conversion drama Boy Erased. Although it hasn’t been officially announced, she teases that a second season of Big Little Lies is “moving forward at a rapid rate,” and hopes it will start production early next year.

“Because of the responses of audiences and critics, it was like, ‘Gosh, we really should explore these women further,’ ” Kidman says. “It seemed sad to abandon them when they’ve only just gotten started.”


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Nicole & Keith send out Halloween greetings to the fans! Hope each of you have a fun and safe night!

People spoke with Nicole on her beauty routine and her view about getting older.

On the surface, we have very little … okay, maybe nothing in common with Nicole Kidman. She’s got awards galore, counts other Hollywood A-listers among her colleagues and friends, and likely gets serenaded by Keith Urban daily. But when it comes to the actress’s beauty routine, we can more than relate to her practical approach.

“I like anything that is low maintenance and quick, yet can still give me results,” says the actress. “I don’t have a lot of time, so I can’t need 100 things, just a small number of products I really love.”

Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine, which Kidman wore to The Upside premiere during the 2017 Toronto Film Festival.

The brand’s spokeswoman says the product is a staple in her purse because “it’s easy to apply, and when I put that on my lips and it just gives them a little color and moisture.” (It’s also a staple in Kerry Washington’s bag – she revealed that she and Kidman even wear the same shade sometimes!)

She also stocks up on Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes “because with them, I can be in a car or on a plane and I can take my makeup off,” she explains. Also ever-present: the brand’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream.

“I have really sensitive skin, but when I put on that cream, I’m like, ‘Okay!’ because it doesn’t cause dryness or redness, which can sometimes happen with retinol products.”

But Kidman, who celebrated her 50th birthday in June, says that while she doesn’t mind a boost from a skin-smoothing cream, she’s on board with the movement to stop using the term “anti-aging.” “The cream is about helping you with wrinkles, it’s not about taking away your aging because aging gives you wisdom!” she says. “Women are having babies in their 40s and are wanting to continue their careers well into their 70s. They don’t want to be told, ‘No it’s over.’ We’re doing so much more. And I think we have helped that shift by all of us women banding together.’”

And the actress has done just that, teaming with Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz and more female forces to create the critically acclaimed HBO series Big Little Lies, which earned 16 Emmy nominations — and won eight trophies — in September. The ceremony capped off a whirlwind couple of months in which Kidman also promoted four separate projects at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and celebrated an Oscar nod for her role in Lion.

The star’s husband has a theory about her banner year.

“[Keith] calls me the tortoise from [the book] The Tortoise and the Hare. He goes, ‘You do your own thing and eventually people understand you. That’s your journey, I think. You know you and you know your nature [but] people are starting to know you now.’”

“I’m like, ‘I don’t know if I want to be a tortoise!’ but it’s a compliment. It’s taken a really long time, I’m not bounding out of here. But slow and steady, I suppose. And I hope I get to keep going,” says the star, who counts Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Shirley MacLain and Jessica Tandy among her inspirations. “[Tandy] was on stage winning an Academy Award at 80, which is just awesome.”

And the moral is one she hopes to pass on to her daughters, Sunday Rose, 9, and Faith Margaret, 6.

“I love what I do, it’s that simple, and so I supposed I just stay committed to that, which is what I try to teach my girls: Sometimes things will work out and you’ll shine for a moment and sometimes they won’t but that slow and steady is a good way to approach life.”

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December 2017

I first met Nicole Kidman about 15 years ago through a mutual friend. I don’t remember the exact moment, and neither does she. All I remember about those early days was her kindness and her beauty. Once, in London, at a mod hotel with great lychee martinis, we were both publicizing different movies and the place was humming with film people. My kids were very young then, sleeping upstairs; my husband and I didn’t get out much at the time, and I was enjoying this rare moment. Nicole was sitting opposite me, looking smashing, and I remember being so touched by what she said: “It’s important that we drink this in, and enjoy it, because one day when we’re old, we’ll have all these wonderful memories.” That really struck me. Nicole Kidman doesn’t take her life for granted.

There is a familiarity that develops between an audience and an actor who has dug as deep into the collective psyche as Nicole has. I felt I knew her even before we met: Her gaze—fierce, piercing, intelligent—has always drilled me to my seat. I can’t fidget when she holds the screen; my mind doesn’t wander. I suppose this is what they call charisma. “The way she hurls herself into her characters is unparalleled, and it’s so magnificent to watch,” says her friend and Big Little Lies costar Laura Dern. “She allows herself to be all women, but she doesn’t lead with shame or insecurity.”

I too am fascinated by the cocktail of talent, craft, and courage that makes Nicole so special. I would go so far as to say she is a character actress in the body of a great beauty. Consider a sampling of the emotions she brings out in her roles: the sociopathic charm in To Die For (1995); the soul-destroying grief in Birth (2004); the suicidal genius in The Hours (2002), for which she won an Oscar; the frightening dissociation in HBO’s Big Little Lies (2017), for which she took home an Emmy; and the chilling reserve in the just-released The Killing of a Sacred Deer. (To say nothing of the four—four—major films she has coming out in 2018.) The breadth of her work is tremendous.

At 50, a mother four times over and a devoted partner to her husband, country singer Keith Urban, she is also an extraordinary instrument of change—one who flexes her personal power not only in the world of motion pictures and television but as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. “By using her global visibility to speak out for women who have suffered abuse, Nicole has literally given her voice to the voiceless,” says U.N. Women communications and advocacy chief Nanette Braun. Supporting other women is a central point Nicole returns to again and again, but for her, talking isn’t enough; she is all about the doing. I was so glad to be able to ask my friend how she creates her characters, and how her feminism informs the choices she makes on (and off) the screen.

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Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ movies aren’t the sort that typically attract a stampede of Hollywood A-listers.

His films, which he writes with Efthymis Filippou, are deadpan, midnight-black comedies that carry out grim allegorical absurdities to extreme ends. Characters speak stiltedly in cliches while an intensifying menace envelopes them. Things get weird and then they get brutal.

And yet Lanthimos is not only a regular on the festival circuit (his latest, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival) but he has earned an Oscar nomination (for the script to “The Lobster”) and drawn eager stars like Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. “The Lobster,” a warped comedy of single life, was even a surprise box-office success, earning $9.1 million in 2016 — pretty good for a low-budget movie in which loners are hunted in the woods or turned into the animal of their choosing.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” which stars Kidman and Farrell and features the breakthrough performance of Irish actor Barry Keoghan, opened last weekend with similarly packed art-house theaters. Farrell and Kidman play the parents of a suburban family terrorized by a young man (Keoghan) who’s a vague figure of comeuppance come to force Farrell’s heart surgeon to kill one of his two children as retribution for an earlier sin.

Earlier this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, Lanthimos, Kidman, Farrell (who also starred in “The Lobster”) and Keoghan gathered to discuss their surreal and divisive film, and the peculiarities of acting in a Lanthimos film.

AP: I’m guessing from your films, Yorgos, you don’t much care for small talk.

Lathimos: I prefer the small talk to the big talk. I’m not a big talker, am I?

Kidman: He’s quiet. He’s an introvert, but not in his filmmaking.

AP: Nicole, how did you first connect with Yorgos?

Kidman: I pursued him relentlessly and he finally gave in.

Yorgos: You like saying that. I turned her down for 50 films.

Kidman: We had met. We had food together and chatted. That was a nice meeting. Then we had sort of a texting relationship. I was doing a play in London. He told me about the script. I said, “That sounds interesting, Yorgos.”

AP: How did you describe the film to your cast, Yorgos?

Lanthimos: Never get yourself into a situation where you have to describe the film.

Farrell: “It’s 104 pages of joy!” I loved it. It was remarkably different from “The Lobster,” in tone, but also existing in a grossly idiosyncratic world. It was a mystery to me, as “The Lobster” was. It’s very seldom for me that you get to read writing that is so remarkably unique. The only other time that I had a similar feeling was with Martin McDonaugh (“In Bruges”).

Keoghan: It was a weird film, a weird script, but I loved it. It’s a different kind of acting, you know? You don’t act in it. It was just a challenge. I think he hates actors, as well.

AP: Is it acting? It’s certainly a different kind of performance.

Kidman: He doesn’t like “acting,” am I right? He always says, “Stop acting.”

Lanthimos: What do you mean? There’s a lot of acting everywhere, all over the place. (Laughs)

Kidman: He says, “You’re doing too much. Stop it.”

Farrell: The best direction in 20 years of doing this job I’ve ever heard is him screaming from a monitor to an actor: “Stop trying to be so naturalistic!”

Lanthimos: Because that’s the worst! You see the effort of someone trying to be like real life. You go, “I’m embarrassed. Don’t do that.”

Kidman: I think I embarrassed him a lot.

Farrell: It takes habituated behavioral responses and pushes them to the side. It kind of presents subtext as reality and so you don’t have to play subtext at all. It feels to me to be a really honest world.

AP: Yorgos, the title refers to Euripides’ “Iphigenia in Aulis.” How related to Greek tragedy do you consider the film?

Farrell: He had a genetic disposition to arrive there and he couldn’t avoid it.

Lanthimos: These are matters that we’ve been concerned with since ancient years but they’ve actually become more taboo. I get a sense that this film upsets people because of the themes and the story. It did puzzle me in the beginning how much people are scandalized by being shown certain situations. It’s even more impressive when you realize that similar stories used to be a more common thing.

AP: Why do you think that is?

Lanthimos: I think we’ve become very conservative. We elevate as important certain things and then others we consider them taboo and we don’t touch them. There’s a facade in general that we try to use to seal ourselves from certain things. I don’t have answers but just to poke a certain nerve.

AP: Did the experience of making the film mimic the story’s trajectory from comedy to bleakness?

Farrell: If you scream into the wind for 12 hours without anyone around, you’re going to be a little bit insane for at least another 12. We almost shot in continuity so it got darker and it got bleaker and it got weightier the closer we got to a decision that’s made in the film. I was depressed by the end. It got under my skin for sure.

Keoghan: I’ve not acted since, basically. (Laughs)

Kidman: And we were in confined spaces. We were shooting in a (Cincinnati) hospital which is a very strange environment, anyway, to be shooting in. I was walking with bare feet and they were like, “Put your shoes on! You’ll pick up some weird bacteria.”

AP: Barry, you’re especially creepy in this. Did you know you had that in you?

Keoghan: I kind of did. (Laughter) Especially that spaghetti scene. I was like: “Turn up the creep-mode.”


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Where their children are concerned, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are an open book.

The couple graced the red carpet at Wednesday’s 2017 CMT Artists of the Year event at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, speaking to PEOPLE about how they address the Las Vegas shooting in their household that includes daughters Faith Margaret, 6½, and Sunday Rose, 9.

“We’re a very intimate family and we discuss many things,” said Kidman, 50. “We take responsibility of parenting so seriously, but we also keep an open conversation between our kids.”

She adds, “Sometimes we need guidance, too, but our family is based on an enormous amount of questions, love and support, and we’re trying to guide a 6-year-old and 9-year-girl right now into the world.”

The “Blue Ain’t Your Color” singer — an honoree of the evening — touches on the fact that the balance of allowing their daughters to be kids while not hiding the reality from them can be a challenge.

“There’s darkness in the world and at some point you want to keep your kids from that because you want [them] to enjoy childhood and imagination and see the world in a beautiful way, but at some point learning how to navigate that is crucial for not letting the darkness tell you how to live,” says Urban, 49.

“And that’s what we’re all in the midst of right now: How do we not let that kind of darkness change our living so much that it’s taken all the color out of it?” he asks. “How do we keep color in our life, and how do we keep it intimate and open and vulnerable?”

“It’s love. It’s what we’re dealing with,” Urban explains. “How do you love vulnerably, but protect yourself? It’s a real balance.”

“And that’s what we’re all in the midst of right now: How do we not let that kind of darkness change our living so much that it’s taken all the color out of it?” he asks. “How do we keep color in our life, and how do we keep it intimate and open and vulnerable?”

“It’s love. It’s what we’re dealing with,” Urban explains. “How do you love vulnerably, but protect yourself? It’s a real balance.”

Urban joined fellow honorees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley to open the CMT Artists of the Year event with a tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

“They saw some things on the news, and it affected the country music community in such a massive way,” Kidman says of Faith and Sunday. “They knew when they saw us reeling. And they’re so connected to us, they’re like, ‘What’s wrong?’ ”

“So we’re in it together, trying to raise our children in this time,” adds the Emmy winner. “How do we navigate it, how do we protect, yet still give them strength and still keep them moving forward and focusing on what’s beautiful?”

“Not live in paranoia and fear,” agrees Urban, to which Kidman replies with a laugh, “And then we go to church on Sunday.”


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Wearing a pink velvet gown by Versace Nicole walked the red carpet at the CMT’s Artists of the Year Awards in support of her husband Keith Urban.

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Keith Urban has been working on new music since the beginning of the year, and according to his wife, Nicole Kidman, it’s very danceable!

“I’m dancing around the living room to it already,” the 50-year-old actress gushed of the upcoming new album when the duo caught up with ET’s Sophie Schillaci at the CMT Artists of the Year event on Wednesday. “I am like, ‘Put it out!’”

The Oscar-winning actress said she’s been able to to hear how her husband’s new songs have been changing over the months of production, “and it is really fascinating.” She raved, “He is such a maestro.”

“The Fighter” singer took the stage at the country music event with fellow honorees Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town, to perform a touching cover of Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down.” They dedicated the show to those who have suffered tragedy this year, from the Las Vegas mass shooting, to recent natural disasters and beyond.

“It is such a perfect song for everything that has been happening the last couple months,” Urban told ET. “The strength and fortitude of the country fans is unbelievable so we wanted to acknowledge that so tonight is really all about them.”

In a bit of lighter news, Urban revealed he’d caught up with “Kick the Dust Up” singer Luke Bryan earlier in the day, where they chatted about Bryan’s judging spot on the upcoming reboot of American Idol. “He is having a blast, so I am dying to watch the show!”