The adoption drama “Lion” hit home for Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman.
Kidman, who has two adopted children with her former husband Tom Cruise, tells Town & Country she found a personal connection with the film in which she plays the mother who adopts a young boy accidentally separated from his family from India in the 1980s. Fast-forward to 2006, her now-adult son Saroo, played by Dev Patel, embarks on an obsessive mission to find the family he left behind as a child using the newly-invented Google Earth as he ceaselessly pours over satellite data in search of the familiar landmarks of his hometown.
“I can see now, for ‘Lion’, that it was important to me because I’m a mother with adopted children. This movie is a love letter to my children,” she says of the film, which is based on a true story.
Kidman initially shared custody of Connor, now 21, and Isabella, 23, with Cruise, before the children later chose to live with their father. Despite their reportedly rocky relationship over the years, Kidman has nothing but “unconditional love” for her children.
“[My character] Sue is deeply maternal and full of unconditional love, which is beautiful,” says Kidman. “That’s why I wanted to do it. I relate to that. I feel that for my own children who are adopted. It’s not about anything else other than ‘I wanted you.’ It’s that deep and personal, and whatever your journey is, I’m here to love and support you. That’s what I connected to.”
Donning Dior Haute Couture for the Town & Country cover, the 49-year-old actress also gets candid about raising her two daughters with husband Keith Urban, Sunday Rose, 8, and Faith, 5, in her native Australia and Nashville.
“They played with wallabies and kangaroos. Now it’s one of their favorite places,” she says of her daughters. “And they’ve been a lot of places. They’re very well travelled. My daughter can go to school and say, ‘I’ve been to Paris. I’ve been to Morocco. I’ve been to Italy and China and India.”
However, it sounds like the girls prefer being with country superstar dad Urban on tour versus on a film set with mom.
“They prefer the tour bus to a film set,” Kidman adds. “There’s better craft services; you get to sleep in a bunk. You know, that whole road trip vibe.”
“They’re cool cats, those girls,” she says, despite neither daughter showing any interest in following in her acting footsteps. “Sunny is more interested in directing – but that’s just the nature of an alpha eight-year-old,” Kidman says. “We don’t say bossy; we say leader.”