Nicole Kidman is getting rave reviews for her latest theater role in London, but she said she would have turned the opportunity down if her family could not be by her side.
“As you get older, you’re aware that time is precious,” the Oscar-winning actress tells the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, adding: “That’s why doing something like the play is a big ask, I’m only going to do it if we can all go.”
Kidman, 48, is currently treading the boards in London’s West End as pioneering scientist Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51 at the Noel Coward Theatre. It’s a role that she has dedicated in loving memory to her father, a renowned biochemist who passed away in 2014.
“It’s bittersweet for me in that regard. I would say, now, this is for my dad,” she says.
Traveling with her husband, country music star Keith Urban, and their two daughters, Faith, 4, and Sunday Rose, 7, was a deal that the Nashville-based family were happy to make.
“The kids love that. They have quite a few stamps in their passports,” she says, revealing that the whole family are in London for her three-month stint.
Also mom to Connor, 20, and Isabella, 23, her children with ex-husband Tom Cruise, the Australian actress is in the city that ‘Bella’ now calls home, having wed her British beau Max Parker at a secret ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London last month (neither Cruise nor Kidman were present).
“London has been good to me and I feel very connected to it,” Kidman says.
When it’s time to go home to Nashville, the family will return to their low-key life, where they are more likely to be found watching a film at home than partying.
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“I put on my pajamas and I’m like: ‘Come on Keith, lets not go out – lets watch a TV show or a movie at home.’ ”
But the settled actress says the “slower pace” of life suits her just fine. “My daughters have Southern accents; it’s where my husband’s career is and I love it.”