Nicole Kidman has avoided talking about her 11-year marriage to Tom Cruise. Seventeen years after the separation of the couple, we still do not know exactly what caused their breakup.
But in a recent interview, Kidman talked about one aspect of their relationship that she had not talked about before: how being married to a powerful man protected her from experiencing the kind of sexual abuse that more and more women in Hollywood talk about.
"I got married very young, but it was definitely not for me, it was protection," the 51-year-old actress told The Cut, from New York magazine, in an interview published on Monday. "I got married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man prevented me from being sexually harassed."
Describing herself as "very close" during their marriage, Kidman added: "So when I came out of this at 32, 33, it's like I had to grow up."
He also acknowledged that he has suffered sexual harassment, but declined to go into detail.
"Of course I've had moments #MeToo, since I was little!" He said. "But I want to expose them in an article? No. Do you leave at my job? Absolutely."
The Academy Award-winning actress added: "I'm open and raw, I want to take advantage of my experience and emotion, and I'm not just talking about sexual harassment, I'm talking about loss, death, the full range of life. to be for the right people so that they do not abuse again. "
Kidman and Cruise, who have two children together, met on the set of "Days of Thunder" of the 1990s and married that same year, when she was 22 and he was 28.
The two separated in 2001, with Cruise citing irreconcilable differences. The following year, Kidman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in "The Hours." He married country singer Keith Urban in 2006.
In the article, Kidman explains that he generally avoids talking about his marriage to Cruise "because I am now married to the man who is my great love. [Keith Urban], and you almost feel a lack of respect. "
Kidman spoke with The Cut as part of a special issue about women and power. The rare interview was "as told," which means that it appears in the style of a first-person essay written by Kidman, but that it was taken from interviewer Holly Millea's conversation with the actress.
He will probably take advantage of his experience with sexual harassment in a film yet to be named about Roger Ailes, the founder and former president of Fox News who resigned in 2016 after accusations of sexual misconduct. Kidman will play host Gretchen Carlson, who filed the sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes that led to his fall.
It is not the first time that her work addresses important issues of gender abuse. In the 2017 HBO miniseries "Big Little Lies," Kidman played Celeste Wright, a wealthy woman who suffers domestic abuse. The emotionally intense role left her literally bruised.
"I remember being thrown on the floor in the last episode, being in underwear and having been thrown away," he said at a June 2017 roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter. "I just lay on the floor, I could not get up, I did not want to get up."
She added: "I felt completely humiliated and devastated. And angry inside. I went home and threw a stone through a glass door. "
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