Nicole Kidman opens up about challenges of parenting

Aussie actress Nicole Kidman has offered us a rare glimpse into her parenting approach in a revealing interview with Foxtel magazine.

The Hollywood icon has admitted that she struggles with being a 'helicopter parent' to her two daughters, eight-year-old Sunday Rose, and Faith Margaret, six.

"I do have elements of the helicopter parent that I grapple with," she said.

"When my daughters are playing on the monkey bars I try not to hover and say, 'be careful'. I want them to find their own way and not feel overparented, but I still have that balance of knowing I am there when they need me." 

Nicole also admitted in the exclusive interview that her two little girls are very aware of that balance, too. 

"Sometimes I'm too much and that's when they go, 'Please don't burst into tears when I tell you this Mum. So I try not to because I want them to tell me things."

The Hollywood star gushed about her family and marriage to Keith Urban, who she calls "my rock". The pair celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last year. 

"I've said it before but its true. I would not be able to do anything without Keith. Our union is so nourishing and strong and healing. I'm amazed that amidst all of this we were able to find each other in this would."

Nicole's return to TV

The Oscar winner also opened up about returning to television in an exciting new role for HBO. Nicole stars alongside an epic cast in the highly-anticipated series, Big Little Lies, that will premiere on Foxtel on February 20.

Based on the best-selling novel by Aussie author Liane Moriarty, the series is about the unfolding drama surrounding a murder at a primary school trivia night and also stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Skaarsgard. 

Image: The cast of Big Little Lies, Getty Images.

As soon as Nicole read the script, she knew right away she wanted to be part of it.

"There hasn't really been a strong female show like this for a long time actually. Maybe Sex and the City and Girls, but still, none of them really capture the tone of this one."

"I think the great thing about this whole piece is it's called Big Little Lies, because everyone has got things that are going on behind closed doors." 

We can't wait! 

Want to read the full interview plus get all the latest insider news? Subscribe to Foxtel magazine here

Want more? We thought you might like this video.

Like this artice? Subscribe to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered striaght to your inbox.

By registering you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Privacy Notice


Sign Out

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.