Chatting to Nicole Kidman about the movie Paddington! #paddingtonmovie

INTERVIEWS, NEWS | | January 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

I was fortunate enough to get a chance to interview Nicole Kidman. I was even more fortunate to do it over the phone, which meant I could sit in my sweatpants and not feel so inadequate in her beautiful company. Nicole Kidman has grown on me as an actress. I think as I matured, her complex roles appealed to me further. But let’s face it that viral video with Jimmy Fallon made us fall truly in love with her. She is so real. A thought that was further confirmed as 6 of us bloggers interviewed her over a conference call to LA. Although all of us were parent bloggers we were doing our darndest to be focused and not be interrupted by our kids (I super duper bribe/threaten my kids during these calls) but Nicole brought up the same and how her kids deal with it and I thought she’s just like us. Only prettier.. and more successful.

Here are excerpts from the interview in relation to the movie currently playing in theaters Paddington.

 When asked about how the role of Millicent was modeled after her by Director Paul King??

Nicole Kidman: “I know that he wrote it for me because they sent me the script and just said, “Listen, there’s this new director.  His name’s Paul King and he’s directing this film, Paddington.”  As soon as they said the word Paddington, I was like, “I want to do it.”  

And what part it was to play.  I just wanted to be in a film about Paddington, ’cause I grew up with Paddington Bear.  And then I read it and I was like, “Okay, I can do something with this.”  

 

When asked about the evolution of female roles or woman roles in theater?

Nicole Kidman: I think it’s changed a lot in the sense of when you look back at the ’40s and the ’50s, it was obviously a completely different industry.  And female driven movies were usually the biggest box office movies at that time.  And then it went through a lull in the ’80s, say, and the ’70s really.  

And now I think there’s a resurgence for females in films.  And I think that, as a woman who’s now in my 40s, working and raising children and having a marriage that is an absolute priority to me, it’s always about pulling on my own experiences to try and find the things that I’m experiencing now that I want to put out in the world.  

And luckily I’m in a position where I can produce movies.  And I get to discover young directors and I get to support young directors.

When asked Paddington and how it was as a part of her childhood?

Nicole Kidman: When I was a kid, I always wanted my own animal.  I actually wanted a monkey, because I think that was already my maternal instincts coming out.  But, I wanted an animal that I could sort of take care of, that would be either like a younger sibling or my child.  

And I think Paddington has those kind of qualities for a child.  It’s like oh, my gosh, there’s somebody smaller than me but he talks and he wears clothes, and I can tell him what to do.  And there’s something really darling about that.  And that’s probably what was so appealing to me as a child.  

When asked what is her go-to, just mom outfit, just hanging out with the kids?

Nicole Kidman: My favorite kind of t-shirts and sweatpants and everything James Perse.  I don’t know if you know of that brand. I put on flip-flops and James Perse, and that’s my easiest thing to wear because it’s soft and comfortable.  And my kids can climb all over me and I can still play with them.

When I go out at night with my husband, I used to be far more like, “I’m going to get really dressed up.”  Now I’m just far more real about comfort.  

When asked  about the experience of filming with a costar who is based on somebody’s imagination?

Nicole Kidman: Initially, being an actor, that’s what we’re taught.  We go to drama school and we do mime classes, and we’re taught to pretend that there’s a bear there or pretend that we’re drinking a cup of tea and you pretend there’s a saucer and a teacup and all of those things.  And it’s mime work.  

And when you’re doing it as an actor and you’re 19 years old, you’re like, “Oh, this is ridiculous.  I’m never going to use this because they’ll have real props.”  Little did I know 20 years later when I’d be in the industry really, really working, green screen and special effects would have become so much a part of the industry, that those classes were some of the most important classes that I took.  

 

It was so much fun talking to her and I am glad to say that my kids and I loved watching the movie.

 

Want more Paddington??

 

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#PaddingtonMovie

 

PADDINGTON is in theaters NOW!

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.

Disclosure: While I was afforded the opportunity to chat with Nicole Kidman, this is not a sponsored post and I watched the movie with my kids at my own expense.



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