Pamela Smart: Nicole Kidman's Portrayal in To Die For was 'Embarrassing' and 'One-Dimensional'
For most people, it would be an honor to be portrayed by Nicole Kidman in a movie.
But Pamela Smart doesn’t think so – and says that Kidman’s performance in the 1996 movie To Die For is embarrassing and inaccurate.
In 1990, Smart was a working as a media coordinator at a high school but dreaming of becoming a journalist. But she was later convicted of conspiring with her teenaged lover that year to kill her husband, Gregg Smart. The teen, William “Billy” Flynn, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and testified against Smart. She is serving a life sentence at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York State. She maintains her innocence.
In To Die For, Kidman played Suzanne Stone, a character modeled after Smart. She, too, was an aspiring journalist who worked with high school teens. The character also conspired with a teenaged lover (played by Joaquin Phoenix) to kill her husband, played by Matt Dillon.
In an exclusive jailhouse interview that will air Saturday night on Murder Made Me Famous on the Reelz Channel, Smart criticizes Kidman for taking the role – and portraying her too simplistically. (An exclusive preview is below.)
“I would say to Nicole Kidman that she’s an acclaimed actress and I believe she’s a good person,” says Smart. “She’s has a family. She has children and that as a mother, she should take a look at the character that she’s playing.”
“She never came to see me,” Smart continues. “She never spoke to me. She never tried to find out anything to the contrary of, you know, the script that they gave her. And that she played a one dimensional character.”
“It was embarrassing,” Smart says. “I mean, she played me as like a complete airhead. And I’m not that person. So it’s hard because I’m constantly hated for being something. I’d probably hate myself if I didn’t know myself, based on what they say.”
Murder Made Me Famous combines reenactments, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photos and video to tell the story of infamous murderers. The show is hosted by PEOPLE Senior Writer Steve Helling.
The show’s second season will begin with the Pamela Smart special episode Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET on the Reelz Channel.