Nicole Kidman Reveals Childhood Quirk That Served As A Catalyst For Her Acting Career

Silver linings.

Our on-screen stars getting their big break is one of the most fascinating stories they can tell, but there’s one thing we love even more — the moment they knew they wanted to become an actor. In the case of Nicole Kidman, a cute childhood quirk is what helped her discover her dream of becoming a star. 

As we know, Australia is used to some very (very) hot temperatures, and being a red-headed child with a pale complexion, the great outdoors weren’t always her best friend. While the kids her own age would spend hours frolicking around at the beach, Kidman often had to stay indoors to avoid a scorching sunburn. It’s no reason to feel bad for her, though, because ather than sulk, she decided to make up her own fun, which would involve acting out the plays of Russian writer, Anton Chekhov. 


Speaking with American radio journalist, Terry Gross, the actress explained how her time spent indoors acted as a catalyst for her acting career. 

“I’ve played every role in Chekhov – in my bedroom, at all different hours, day or night. Little did I know that that was going to lead me to my vocation.” 

The Oscar-winner would go on to have her on-screen breakthrough in the 1989 film, Dead Calm, when she was 20-years old. She then gained international recognition from the 1990 flick, Days of Thunder. Nowadays, it seems as though the actress is just about everywhere, starring in two HBO series Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers and most recently starring as Lucille Ball in the highly-acclaimed film, Being The Riccardos. 


Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar a few years ago, Nicole shared the secrets behind her glowing complexion, crediting her daily use of sunscreen that dates back to her childhood days. 

“As a fair-skinned girl, I’ve worn sun cream since I was a kid,” she told the publication. She then named the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun-screen Broad Spectrum SPF100+ as the product she uses on her face each and every day. 

She then explained her nightly double-cleansing regimen and her strict rule for removing makeup each night. So, she’s really proving that it’s the little details that matter most when looking after your skin. If you’ve been looking for any more of a reason to remember the daily ‘slip, slop, slap’ mantra, then Nicole’s timeless beauty is the only one you need. 

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