She also revealed she wanted to become a nun. “I loved the idea of being a nun. Obviously, I did not choose to go that path, but I was very drawn to it.”
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the Moulin Rouge! actor Nicole Kidman revealed that her friends make fun of her for her strong belief in God, and for passing it on to her children. Kidman is a mom to two children -eight-year-old Faith Margaret and 10-year-old Sunday Rose- with husband Keith Urban. She also shares two children - adopted son Connor, and daughter Isabella- with ex-husband Tom Cruise. During the interview, she revealed her friends make fun of her because she makes her daughters attend church regularly with her and Keith Urban. Because of this, she added she finds herself crying on most days.
“A lot of my friends tease me. That’s how we are raising our children. Keith has his own beliefs but he comes, too. I had a very Catholic grandmother, and I was raised praying, so that had a massive impact. I wouldn’t say it’s absolutism, there’s constant questioning—I’m a willful, feisty girl. For me, it’s very important that I don’t have judgment. My dad would always say, ‘Tolerance is the most important thing.’”
According to an interview with Allure, Kidman was brought up in an Irish Catholic family, and she wears a diamond-studded crucifix that was a gift from her grandmother. It's something she rarely takes off. “I’m spiritual in the sense that I absolutely believe in God,” she says while gripping the crucifix between her fingers. She also revealed she wanted to become a nun. “I loved the idea of being a nun. Obviously, I did not choose to go that path, but I was very drawn to it.”
Even if being a nun did not work out that well for her, she is now content with a family and is focusing on raising her kids right. She's made sure that Faith and Sunday Rose both have a normal life, even if her parental policies may be unpopular! “They don’t have a phone and I don’t allow them to have an Instagram,” she says. “I try to keep some sort of boundaries.” Kidman also added that she makes it a point to keep their children close, no matter how busy their schedule is.
It also seems that music runs in the family. Faith plays the violin and Sunday, who plays the piano, is also interested in her mother's career choice. It could be a phase since neither parents have pressurized their kids to follow in their footsteps. “You can’t really get kids into anything, I’ve realized. You can push them a bit, but motivation is a really hard thing. I mean, nobody motivated me to be an actor; if anything they tried to deter me.”
Kidman claims motherhood has also helped her flex her mind in many ways. She's great with numbers, and that amazes people, she said. Kidman’s producing partner of 10 years, Per Saari, confirms: “She’s as analytical as she is creative. She’s able to sit down and look at a budget and work that as magically as she’s able to sit down with a script and arc a character. Her superpower is her brain. And she never forgets anything, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
She also added that she loves being a “tour wife” and says she can memorize his tour schedule and dates in one glance. “I love that Keith is a guitar player and a singer, but his passion is guitar and writing music,” she says. “That’s what I’m around every day.” Her brain truly is her superpower. Nicole Kidman is 51 and is at the age where the leading ladies are expected or forced to fade to black, but that doesn't seem to deter Kidman.
Kidman seems to burn as bright as ever and she shows no signs of stopping. “There isn’t a shelf life like there used to be,” Kidman said. “That’s why it’s so important to keep changing. We live longer now if we’re fortunate. So there has to be a place to put all that creative energy.” Even as a child, Kidman and her sister, who were raised by intellectuals, was taught to think for themselves, to question, and, most importantly, to give back. “My mom always told us to ‘get a cause!’ ”