“Big Little Lies” star Nicole Kidman is striking some fierce poses this week as she takes the cover of Net-A-Porter’s The Edit.
The Australian actress sits down with the magazine for an honest talk about the “misogynistic” media, being raised a feminist, her flair for fashion and drops a major bombshell about her former relationship with rocker Lenny Kravitz.
Kidman’s new critically acclaimed HBO series gave the Australian actress a chance to reconnect with Hollywood veteran Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, but also young stars like Zoe Kravitz — whose father she famously dated in 2003. And while the couple did go public with their relationship, Kidman reveals that they were, shockingly, engaged to be married. “Well, I knew Zoe because I was engaged to her father,” she told the magazine. “It’s all in the family! I love Lenny; he’s a great guy.”
Moving on to matters of style, the actress addressed the flood of criticism from fashion lovers everywhere after wearing a parrot-adorned Gucci dress to the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January. “I have no problem being divisive [with fashion],” she explains before sounding off on her red carpet critics. “I’m not a fan of ‘Worst Dressed’ things because I don’t believe in crucifying people for their individual [taste]. It just seems nasty and misogynistic, so that needs to go away.”
“I’ve worked with directors who are divisive, so I’m used to [criticism], and as my husband says, ‘You don’t want to have a thick skin; that’s not a compliment,'” she says. “Sticks and stones can break your bones, but names will never hurt you, right?”
And as feminism continues to be the hottest topic in Hollywood, Kidman touches upon the subject and opens up about her mother’s influence on her core beliefs. “My mother was part of the Women’s Electoral Lobby and she would take me to hand out pamphlets when there was voting on behalf of feminism,” she shares. “That’s how I was raised; we would sit in the back rooms of the WEL while they were all talking. I remember sitting there listening, sort of not understanding but understanding that there was a movement happening, that as women we were powerful together, that we needed to have equality.
“I was teased at school for my mum being a feminist. I just said, ‘Okay, it doesn’t matter. I’ll stand up for what I believe in.’”