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Nicole Kidman stars as the evil—but impeccably dressed—villain Millicent in the movie "Paddington," based on the classic children's story about a bear that travels to London in search of a home, which opens in theaters January 16. While her two younger daughters—Sunday Rose, 6, and Faith Margaret, 4—weren't thrilled at first by their mom playing the baddie, they did get the chance to accompany her, along with their dad, country star Keith Urban, while filming in London.
It's part of Kidman and Urban's commitment to be together as a family as
much as possible.
Mom.me chatted with the Academy Award-winning actress about motherhood, what
it's like to play a villain and taking her daughters on the road—oh, and that
thing with Jimmy Fallon.
On what kind of mom
she is …
because I've raised four kids now, I've been probably every type of mom. I've run the gamut. So, with Sunday I did attachment. With Faith, it was much more about trying to
just let her have much more of her space, because with Sunday we were very,
very sort of linked and then trying to get her to pull away from me was
"And lot of it is
intuitive. But, so much of it is, I
think, just respect for them and for what they're going through and feeling,
but still boundaries and I think you can see children that are loved. Good love is what I
"And Keith and I are
very lucky because we do have two lovely people. I mean, I just love who they are. Both of our
girls are so nice, and so are my older children. They're just very nice people, which is a
great thing to be able to say about your child. I like you. 'I love you, but I like you' is always a good
Traveling with Keith
and her girls on a tour bus …
"It's pretty crazy because we're all on the bus and
it's pretty close confinement. We have bunk beds. The girls love it. That is
their favorite thing. … When they're little, they love those little cubbies and
those little holes and stuff like that to hide in. I think that's what the bunk
bed on the tour bus is for them. And they get to watch TV. A lot of the rules
at home do not apply on the tour bus."
Describing a typical
night would be: We always have dinner as a family. We eat very early, 5:30, and then we just
hang out. Sometimes we watch reruns of 'The Brady Bunch.' Sometimes we play
games. We just kind of have a pretty
normal, easy life together. But, we're
very tight. There's the four of us, and
we're very close."
On how they keep their family grounded …
"We work hard at it, and we talk a lot. We talk about
things and we change and we experiment and we try stuff. We really try to
respect them (their daughters) and listen to them, and they're very much a part
of the family and contributing to the family and the happiness of the family.
"We're lucky because Keith and I are at a stage in our lives
where we're not really young and so we have a different way of approaching life, and he's very mellow.
"Anything that doesn't work for the family—particularly for
the marriage—we won't do, and I have no problem saying no to something if it
doesn't work for us."
On her girls seeing
her play a villain …
"At first, they
were mortified that I wasn't playing the bear's mommy. But, then they came on the set and they saw
all of the behind-the-scenes and all of that, and they kind of fell in
love with the whole thing. So, now
they've sort of embraced it.
"But, I also think,
because the movie is so fun and it's done with a sense of humor and a
bit tongue in cheek that that kind of helped it, because there is nothing
really that's terrifying in the movie. So, it's more sort of sweetly menacing
in a way."
"He's a daddy—he's got a strong sense of what's right and wrong and what he considers to be appropriate. … He's lived a life. He's very open about the
life he's lived, and he came from nothing and he built himself up into what he
is and I love that. I'm his wife, I'm a little biased."
And … did she really
did like Jimmy Fallon once upon a time—or any other cute celebrities?
No comment (laughs). I've
learned my lesson. I'm shutting my mouth.