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Nicole Kidman remembers her days of thunder

Actor reveal­s she was runnin­g away from life after splitt­ing from Tom Cruise­

Kidman said her Oscar win caused an epiphany, making her take charge of her life. PHOTO: FILE

Kidman said her Oscar win caused an epiphany, making her take charge of her life. PHOTO: FILE

LONDON: Nicole Kidman has opened up about the difficult time she faced after her divorce from actor Tom Cruise in 2001. During a sit-down at the Women in the World Summit on Thursday, the Australian actor admitted she tried to “get lost” in her movie characters to overcome the reality of life following her divorce.

After parting ways from Cruise, she received a lot of praise for her roles in movies, including Moulin Rouge! and The Hours. On whether or not her divorce unleashed her creativity, she said, “I was running from my life at that time. I wasn’t able to handle the reality of my life.”

She added, “As an actor, you have this wonderful thing where you can go and get lost in somebody else’s life and become somebody else for a period of time,” the Oscar-winning actor stated. “And when I look back on it, I really see that. Out of that came work that was applauded, so that was an interesting thing for me.”

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Kidman recalled the years when she worked hard to restore normalcy in her life.  “I then sort of embraced my own life and got myself together and it took me a number of years and during that time, I worked a lot. The work was a great place for me to exist and then that culminated in winning an Oscar,” she said.

After bagging the award, Kidman admitted she had an ‘epiphany’. “That caused an epiphany, which was ‘actually this is not the answer’. I was sitting in the Beverly Hills hotel and it was all extraordinary and I was the loneliest I’ve ever been,” she admitted.

The 48-year-old actor then revealed that the Oscar couldn’t heal the wound in her heart.  “And that was a very strange yet fantastic thing to have happened because I was jolted out of this, I suppose, need or desire to say, ‘This is gonna heal me’ and it didn’t. And then I thought, ‘I need to really hone in on what I want as a woman and for my life’.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2015.

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