(Getty Images) Nicole Kidman at the 2013 Golden Globes
Nicole Kidman, silver screen icon and Hollywood mainstay, appears on the cover of the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter's print magazine—and, inside, she has a thing or two to say about some of the more controversial practices in Tinseltown. Check out some of the best bits from Kidman's interview, right here.
On Scientology: "I've chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology. I have two children who are Scientologists—Connor and Isabella—and I utterly respect their beliefs."
On being sent free stuff: "Never would I take free clothes. That would be so... tacky. These people work so hard to make beautiful things—you have to appreciate that."
On the next stage of her career: "My heart is independent. I come from Australia, I was trained in indie movies. It's an unconscious decision—it's who I am. As an actor, you live and die by your choices. I don't associate with mainstream films anymore. I don't do so well in them, either. I guess I have a foot in both worlds. I've been offered some studio films this year and turned them down. They just didn't align with who I am."
On being a movie star: "I actually don't even know what a movie star is now—what is a movie star? When the best female part of the year is Claire Danes in Homeland, you know the game's changed. Maybe in the '50s, there was a far more particular idea for a movie star. But now that's all blurry—everything's more fluid."
Speaking of fluid—on her Paperboy pee scene: "I just don't find urination shocking. I think I peed in the beginning of Eyes Wide Shut too. But then, I don't find a lot of things shocking! Violence is a lot more shocking than sex—sex is primal. [Director] Lee [Daniels] had an obsession about shooting me from behind—he was obsessed with my ass! To me, that was so funny—he's hilarious, I love him. I'm drawn to Lee for his wild nature. I felt shy snging in Moulin Rouge!—but peeing, no, not shy."
On living in Nashville: "I'm just a nice Southern girl. It's such an easy lifestyle. And it's more diverse than you'd expect. There's so much great music. The Black Keys go jogging past the restaurant Keith and I go to. We'll hang out with Jack White in the studio. And there's music in our house all the time—Keith plays harmonica, drums, banjo, piano, and bass guitar. He has a strong will about his career, and so do I. We want each other to thrive and do what we love, and we never interfere in the other's career choices."
Check out the full interview over at The Hollywood Reporter right here—and don't forget to pick up the new issue of THR on newsstands.