On screen couple Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen land on the cover of the W Magazine May 2012 Issue, looking extremely classy and refined in the photoshoot for the magazine. The ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn’ co-stars sit down on a chat with the magazine, talking about their early debuts as actors, as well as the HBO movie ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn’, which is airing already next month. Let’s take a look at the snippets from the interview.
Clive was still 13, when he played his first role, the Artful Dodger in Oliver. “It was the musical version. I didn’t sing that well, but I gave it a go. I was just given the part, thrown into it, and I came out and said, “I have to do this. I’ve got to be an actor.” I was unwavering from that moment on,” said the actor.
On the other hand, Nicole has always been inspired by movies. As she tells the magazine, “The Wizard of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West had the biggest impact on me. When the striped stockings disappeared under the house, I wanted to become an actor.” Still, she wasn’t interested in Dorothy: “I was always interested in the character roles. I thought the witch was much more fascinating than Dorothy.”
She also confesses that her mother has much influenced on her throughout her career: “She always believed in me, but she’s tough on me too. She’s lived a life where she made a lot of compromises. She would have loved to be a doctor, but she didn’t come from the generation of women where she could go and be a doctor. She became a nurse instead. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a nurse, but she wanted to be a doctor. Until I won the Academy Award [for The Hours], I was kind of pursuing things to please her. I’ve really tried to sever that.”
Talking about the newest movie she is starring in, Nicole said that it was her character’s ambition: “I knew nothing about Martha [Gellhorn], but I’ve always been drawn to unique women who are willing to take on the world. The exciting thing about this film is that you see her discovering her nature. At the beginning, she’s a lot of talk. She knows that she’s either got to get her hands dirty and become what she pretends to be or she’s a fraud. In the end, Gellhorn out-Hemingways Hemingway.”
Talking about the hot scenes of the new movie, Clive states that it’s much easier to play in sex scenes than in the dying ones: “It’s much harder to do a death scene. You’ve got to do it convincingly, and it’s a huge thing to die [laughs]. Sex scenes are only hard if there’s no narrative conveyed through the sex scene. In the Hemingway film, the sex scenes have a story going through them. It’s part of who these people are and what they are.”
On her views about nudity, Nicole reveals: “I don’t mind being naked. Maybe as I get older, and now after having had a baby, it might be different, but I enjoy not letting my issues get in the way of a performance. Once I start putting all my little insecurities in my mind, I’m not actually acting. Then it’s about me—and it should never be about me. It should be about the character.”
The beautiful actress also talked about her husband’s throat surgery and how it affected their relationship: “Three weeks of no sound—no laughing, no coughing, no sneezing, nothing. He could write things down, and he would scribble away. You can still fight when someone can’t talk. When he disagreed with me, he would write, “This is unacceptable.[Laughs.] All of those things make you closer. It was sort of profound: to go without his voice, and then to finally hear his voice. What if he sounded different? I was there for his first words, and then we cried. How many people experience their husband’s first words? If that doesn’t bring you closer, you’re not breathing.”
To learn more about this celebrity interview, check out the magazine, which hits the newsstands on April 24.
Photo courtesy of W Magazine