The ever so beautiful Nicole Kidman is a classic Hollywood Star. She is multi-talented and known for being professional and wonderful to work with. Nicole Kidman’s also been voted as Favorite Celebrity in 2001 and now considered a Citizen of the World by the United Nations.
You may be wondering though, how has she managed to become this popular and loved? Well, check out these Nicole Kidman movies and see for yourself:
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Loosely adapted from a novel titled “Dream Story” by Arthur Schnitzler. Eyes Wide Shut is a tale of sexual and moral discovery that focuses on Bill (Tom Cruise). While attending a party, he and his wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), find themselves being seduced to commit adultery but the interference of their host prevents anything from escalating further. However, Alice confesses that she fantasized about another man which prompts Bill to leave and test the limits of his own fidelity.
The movie took longer to shoot and director Stanley Kubrick went to great measures to foster the distrust between the characters by separating the two leads. Nicole Kidman was also tasked to perform several positions during a love scene and forbidden from sharing anything about the shoot to her then husband. It was an emotionally grueling task which produced a very convincing watch.
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Despite the mixed online reviews, Moulin Rouge remains a stunning, vibrant, and comical movie that captures the essence of a whirlwind romance and feel of old school theatre. It follows the story of Christian (Ian McGregor), a naive young man, who travels to Paris to pursue his passion for love and writing. But a chance meeting with a band of struggling artists pushes him to go to the Moulin Rouge where he meets the beautiful star, Satine (Nicole Kidman). He quickly falls for the starlet. However, he’s not the only one who has his eye on her.
Nicole Kidman went above and beyond for the project. She refused to use body doubles, sang all her parts, and went as far as to slim down her waist to 18 inches using a corset. This led to her actually breaking a rib but even that didn’t stop her. Kidman continued to film while on a wheelchair to stay on schedule.
The Others (2001)
A not-so-ordinary horror movie. This is a thriller mystery that slowly creeps at you and will shock you in the end. Set during World War II, Grace (Nicole Kidman) moves to a mansion in Jersey along with her two children who suffer from a rare photosensitivity disease. To protect them, she orders the servants to close every curtain and keep the house in darkness. But as they settle into their new home, her daughter, Annie (Alakina Mann), confesses that she can see ghosts. Grace refuses to believe Anne until she herself sees horrific visions.
The Others is the last collaborative work between Nicole Kidman and ex-husband Tom Cruise. She was initially reluctant to take on such a dark project immediately after Moulin Rouge but she soldiered on and delivered an amazing performance.
The Hours (2002)
In the 1920s, Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) is suffering from depression and is kept under the watchful eye of her husband who is worried that she will take her own life. Meanwhile, on a different timeline, Laura Brown (Julianna Moore) is a pregnant wife in the 1950s who is more invested in reading Woolf’s novel than mingling with other guests at a dinner party. Then there’s Clarissa Vaughn (Meryl Streep), a modern woman in the modern world in another party for her dying friend.
To fully embrace her role, Nicole Kidman learned how to write with her right hand (she’s left-handed and Virginia Woolf is right-handed). She even wore a prosthetic nose which she was fond of wearing in private too as it allowed her to avoid the paparazzi.
Boy Erased (2018)
An adaptation of Garrad Conley’s 2016 memoir. Boy Erased is a drama movie that deals with serious issues such as homophobia and gay conversion programs. Jared (Lucas Hedges) is the son of Baptiste Pastor Marshall (Russel Crowe) and Nancy (Nicole Kidman). Following an incident that outs Jared to his parents, Marshall signs up his son to undergo conversion therapy. He reluctantly agrees and soon discovers the horrific and shaming tactics of the program.
Nicole Kidman plays the role of Nancy, a religious mother with conflicting desires. On one hand, she loves her son and on the other, she has deeply held religious beliefs. It’s an incredibly raw project you should watch.