by Jack Tewksbury
For forty years the HFPA has recorded interviews with famous and celebrated actors, actresses and filmmakers. The world’s largest collection of its kind — over 10,000 interviews — is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. Below is an excerpt: Nicole Kidman, some 20 years ago, married to Tom Cruise and taking her first steps into the Hollywood jungle, firmly establishes her individual power on both the personal and professional arenas.
“Nonsense – I didn’t get any movie part because of Tom (Cruise). There are a lot of stars around with girlfriends who are actresses. These women aren’t working. And many of these stars are also powerful.
I’m not blowing my own trumpet, but it irritates me. You do not get a part because of personal relationship. You may get into the audition, but unless you come up with the goods they’re not going to use you. The studios have millions of dollars riding on these movies. They’re not going to put Nicole in a movie just to please Tom!
I really don’t want to talk about Tom. I prefer to keep this about me, even though he’s a great guy, and the reason is that I’m very honest. If someone askes me a question, I usually answer it. I’m willing to talk about my past because I don’t have anything to hide.
My work also is an open book. But to protect our relationship, our love, Tom’s and mine, I’m not going to talk about all the little things we do together, what we do, when we go to bed, what we do when we go out. That’s our business, and nobody else’s.
I would never give up acting in favor of motherhood. That doesn’t mean I would deny my children anything, but there is a new generation of actors who are proving that you can have a family and still do what you want to do.
There are ten actresses at the moment who are pregnant, and no one’s using that as an excuse to give up her career. I think combining both helps one become a better person.
I used to have this thing about having to suffer as a person in order to be a good actor. You had to go through all that angst. But seeing people like Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Newman, they’re all happily married, they all have children, they all have secure family lives and they all do brilliant work . “
|25th February 2013,|