Nicole on Naomi
"N: and that ...sisterhood. Like I have a girlfriend who's just taken off, in terms of her career. Um, and she's 34 years old, and it's huge for her now. She was in David Lynch's film Mulholland Drive and she's got this career now. And everyone's saying to me, "Oh well, how are you two gonna stay friends?" and you're like, "HOW??"
J: yeah, yeah, that's...I know
N: what are you TALKING about? This is the girl that I grew up with, since I was 14, 15. This is now where I get to, and you know, we just all went out on Saturday night, actually, cause it was her birthday and a big thing and this is about where you go, "Wow!" and feel...and be generous."
Kidman is not one to disavow her roots. She receives strong family support from her sister, mother and father, and she has maintained close friendships with people she has known most of her life.
"I've got friends that I've known since I was born, and we look at each other and go, 'Can you believe we're still here?' I'm still very close to my next-door neighbour whom I've known since I was three, and my sister Antonia is my other half, and I have a number of girlfriends.
"Naomi Watts and I are very, very good friends and have maintained that through so many things. I think that's really rare, particularly for actresses, and I take a lot of pride in that."
Naomi Watts Quotes
"Nicole was always there with her door open, her arms open, her ears open - just what you need."
Vanity Fair Dec 2002
'Nicole Kidman and I want to do a film about our friendship... but I imagine audiences want something a little, well, juicier'
GQ UK January 2006
"Nic is a fantastic woman who has many layers. We see each other in the most intimate of times when we're just hanging out, and we have naughty wicked senses of humor," Naomi says. "Our friendship had so much life to it before Hollywood even came into the picture. We definitely go to glamourous dinner parties, but we can also sit in a room and motormouth each other. With Rebecca also - it's a three-way friendship."
Jane (April 2003)
"Her first casting call was for a commercial. "There were three of us girls, she remembers with a giggle, "who had to sit around all day in our swimsuits, waiting for the advertisers to decide which of us they wanted." One of those other girls was Nicole Kidman, and the two formed a bond that lasts to this day. "It's always been about strong women in my family," Watts says. "My mom has three sisters, and they really run their families. I'm very close to my girlfriends, very loyal, and I'm drawn to strong-willed women. I've had boyfriends who, honestly, couldn't handle it."
Movieline, November 2001
"Which brings up your tight friendship with Nicole. It's been discussed so much that I think we should give the two of you and the readers a fresh approach by not rerunning the same famous story of how you met. Clearly, you still adore and support each other to this day, but it seems like in Australia, it's a very small community of actors and eventually everyone knows everyone else.
Nw: Yes. It feels very intimate when you compare it with America. And if you didn't know each other back there, you tend to find each other over here. In fact, a lot of the Australian friends I have now are relationships that I've formed in this country. Because you crave that connection with like-minded people."
"IS: So what made you decide to check out L.A.?
Nw: I don't know-naivete, I guess. By Australian standards I was probably ambitious.
IS: And did you have friends who had come to America and had started to make it?
Nw: Well, only Nicole.
IS: With Nicole being married to Tom Cruise by that point, did you feel like you could jut call her up when you arrived in the States?
Nw: No, but a mutual friend of ours, Becca, who went to school with Nicole and who I was very close with said, "I'm going to call and say to expect your call." So I phoned, and Nicole was so great. She invited me to Montana, where she and Tom were shooting Far and Away -I think I flew there on a private jet with Emilio Estevez to hang out for the weekend. I thought, Oh, my God, this is freaky. But we had a great time. What was so beautiful about it was that Nicole was excited by her life, but also pinching herself, realizing that it was really quite charmed and unusual."
Interview Magazine 2003
"Naomi says people are constantly telling her and Nicole they look alike. "I think it's just our mannerisms. One day, we were looking at each other in the mirror and going, 'Do we look alike?' After examining each other's faces, we decided, 'Ah, we both have a line under our nose.'"
"Every year that goes by we get closer.She went through a horrible time and we were there for each other to fall back on...Nicole I and our other friend Rebecca Riggs have known each other for 15 years and our times together have been some of my favourite moments."
Quotes from Nicole and Naomi
"Naomi, you're having such a great moment right now with "Mulholland Drive." How do you resist saying yes to a million scripts and going too fast?
Watts: For me the temptation is, yes, I want to do everything, because I haven't worked. The material I'm reading now has elevated from what I was reading before by about 1,000 percent. I mean, I wish I could fit it all in. And it sounds ridiculous, because a year ago I didn't have anything.
Nicole, you said earlier that it's unbelievable to be sitting here at the table with Naomi.
Kidman: It's beautiful. It makes me cry, actually, because Naomi's like my sister. I am genuinely... [Kidman sees that Watts is tearing up and starts tearing up herself. Kidman laughs.] Oh, God, now you've started it!
Kidman: This is not that kind of friendship where it's like, "Oh, yeah, we were friends." We've shared boyfriends, breakups, bottles of wine when we thought our lives were over. I mean, every single thing you can imagine She moved into my house when I got divorced and took care of me. And now we sit at this table. From Australia. That's kind of wild, really."
Newsweek (US) - Don't Mention the Oscars 12 Jan 2002 (archive.org)
"Once Kidman jumped up on the stage, it was clear why she wouldn't dream of missing the event-her best friend since her teens, Naomi Watts, was being honored for her brave and stunning performance in David Lynch's characteristically offbeat, critically acclaimed drama Mulholland Drive. Kidman, dressed in creamy, dreamy caramel, didn't hold back when describing her very close relationship with Watts, which included how they met at a modeling call in Australia (neither got the gig) and covered the highs and lows they've seen each other through since (among the latter: losing roles to other actresses, breakups with boyfriends, a divorce). The megastar nearly fought back tears as she revealed her pride at seeing her dear friend finally receive the accolades she has long deserved.
Clearly moved by Kidman's remarks, Watts graciously thanked nearly everyone in the room, including a beaming Lynch, who was joined in the audience by such other Industry forces as Phoenix Pictures chief Mike Medavoy, writer-director Chris Weitz (Antz, American Pie) and CAA agent Rick Nicita. When Watts was finished, she and Kidman were informed that, unlike at most award ceremonies, there was still more giving to do, and they were presented with elegant new bracelets from jeweler Roberto Coin."
Movieline breakthrough awards
Nicole Playing the Pronoun Game
"I'd absolutely love to have a baby, although I'd want to do it with a partner. It would be so lovely to have a life with somebody where you bring up a child together."
"I'm hoping to meet someone and be happy with them."
"I don't want perfect. I like all of the flaws, and I like discovering all the things that make up a complicated, interesting person who can keep me fascinated. Perfect? I'd be bored."
"THE SUN: Do you still believe in love at first sight?
KIDMAN: I don't think I ever believed in love at first sight. I have to get to know a person before I can have feelings for them."
"[Attraction] leaves me tentative. And it's a huge struggle not to cling to the wrong person, or seek solace from people who aren't necessarily going to protect you and love you. My life doesn't leave me with a lot to give to somebody else. I always said that if I fall deeply in love again I will not be able to continue in this way. That's why I would need someone to sweep me off my feet - because I probably wouldn't make a choice to give up what I'm doing otherwise."
Speaking of love, Kidman has another wish: "For the person meant to come and find me, I would say: Come and find me soon!"
USA Today 6/21/2005
Bewitched sells the notion of love at first sight, but Kidman doesn't buy it in real life.
"I think you've got to get to know somebody," she said. "I'm shy and need it to be drawn out — to be coaxed out of my shell."
"I'm very protective of who I am," she said. "I try to be very honest — emotionally honest. You do that so you don't get accused of lying or your authenticity gets challenged."
Houston Chronicle June 28, 2005
Digital Dish Diva says:
What is your ideal day?
Nicole Kidman says:
Oh! I think being with a person that I love, being able to walking in the woods, or I suppose hiking in the mountains and eat chocolate cake and lie in the sun when it's not too hot and knowing that I don't have to be anywhere at any particular time.
Various Interesting Nicole Quotes
PLAYBOY: Do you enjoy it when people praise your physical charms, such as your bottom?
KIDMAN: No. I would like Jennifer Lopez's butt. I think hers is cute.
PLAYBOY: Some women find J. Lo or, say, Angelina Jolie as sexy as men do. Is J. Lo a woman you'd be curious to kiss?
KIDMAN: No, I don't want to kiss her. I don't want to kiss somebody I know. I'm quiet about my fantasies. In a strange way I'm a sensualist. I love smells. I love to touch things. I love to taste things. The senses are important to me. You sort of keep them alive no matter what your age. No matter what role you take on in your life, they're part of it.
PLAYBOY: Have you ever wondered whether it would be possible for you to spend your life with another woman?
KIDMAN: It would be far easier to go, "Oh, I wish I loved women!" But I don't. I mean, I love them, but physically, chemically, they just don't do it for me. I love the way a man thinks. I love the way a man smells. I love the way men look. That's what I like and what I'm drawn to. I'm hooked on the male physique--hooked on it!
PLAYBOY: What's the first thing you notice about a man?
KIDMAN: His mind, and then I love hands. It's about the way he holds you, what he does with them. I love the male psyche as well. There's a black-and-white to it, a sort of simplicity I like. I have such an enormous number of male friends that everyone thinks I have brothers. It's not threatening, and I can ask questions and get a lot of answers. I actually know quite a bit about men. I don't judge their decisions or urges.
Playboy Feb 2005
What she was expecting, perhaps, was the dreaded lesbian question. After all, rumours about Kidman's sexuality were once all the rage among celebrity murk-rakers. Denying them has presumably been a perennial chore; so you do wonder if she's aware of what she's doing when she says, of her working relationship with Richardson: 'We were very tactile – I was always touching her or holding her, or lying on her....I would lie all over her, and touch her, and hold on to her hand, and stroke her skin.....'
TimeOut London (UK) - 'Don't let anyone break your spirit' 22 Jan 2003 (archive.org)
And while much has been made of her on-screen kiss with Richardson (which carries with enough rage, desperation, and passion to rival brothers Michael and Fredo's in The Godfather part II), Kidman says it was key to understanding her character: "[During rehearsals] I'd hold Miranda's hand and lie on her an stroke her skin, but you need that to create the sisters, because there was such a union," Kidman says. "I'm always baffled when people say, 'Explain the kiss.' Isn't that obvious? The kiss is her trying to suck the life out of Vanessa; she's so desperate for her to stay."
Entertainment Weekly - The Woolf Woman 10 Jan 2003 (archive.org)
"CC: What kind of parts would you like to play that you haven't been offered yet?
NK: I would like to play a boy. Haven't played a boy yet. I have an androgynous body. I had a father who wanted boys, but he got girls. When I told Anthony Minghella that, he said, 'Such a girl!' I didn't know if that was a compliment or an insult."
Another, Spring 2003
"Nicole also had a definite wild streak. She was hitting the clubs in Sydney by the time she was 14, drawn to the bohemian side of life, befriending the transvestites who frequented her favourite joints. Already showing her affinity for avant-garde fishnets, and lace-up black boots, and dye her hair like a rainbow or in even more intense shades of red than her natural colouring. Other nights shed go vintage."
Vanity Fair, December 2002
"Actress Nicole Kidman has warned potential suitors she won't settle for anything less than the "great love" she shared with ex-husband Tom Cruise. The Moulin Rouge star - who divorced the Hollywood actor in 2001 after a 10-year marriage - has been linked to several celebrities in recent years, including Lenny Kravitz, Adrien Brody and Steve Bing, but regrets she hasn't found a soul mate like Cruise in anyone else. And she's adamant she'll only allow a relationship to develop if a man successfully captured her heart. She says, "I couldn't be with someone I don't have enormous respect and love for. Other than Tom, I have never been photographed kissing a man! I am so private. Plus, I don't want to get hurt. With Tom, I had a great love, so why would I want anything other than a great love again?"
Various Nicole Transcripts
Extra: "Once and for all set the record straight, would you truly rather have J-Lo's body?"
Nicole: "Oh yeah..."
Extra: "Get out, really?"
Nicole: "Yeah, I wouldn't mind Angelina's as well, hahaha."
Nicole: "But I think that, you know, destiny plays out in those things, and certain people are meant for certain things."
Nicole: "I don't think you want a nasty person, but you want someone who's, uhm, yeah, a little kind of messed up a bit."
Interviewer: "Rough around the edges.."
Nicole: "..just a little bit.."
Interviewer: "..with a good heart."
Nicole: "Yeah, hopefully, that's hard to find."
Entertainment Tonight, Nicole's "Perfect Man"
Letterman: Are you dating anybody?
Nicole: Oh...here we go!!
L. We don' t have to go over that.
N. No...I don't date
L. You don't date at all?!
L. But you might one day. Someone might come along.
N. Maybe..I'm not good at dating. I mean ..who is?
L. well it's horrible. It's a frightening experience
N. Yes, well not frightening...
L. ..no ..not frightening..did I say frightening.. (laughing)
N. It's just a hard thing to do...and also..and .... now is not the time to be discussing this.
L. But if you were dating, if you wanted to date, how would that work, how would that facilitate itself.? Would somebody call you, would you call on somebody? Would you have an intermediary? Would you have a go-between?
N. Well I'd give you my cell number...
L. WHOAH!!..wouldn't that be something!
Letterman May 2004
Nicole vs Tom
"RD: Were you always close to your sisters?
Cruise: Always. Being raised with women, I saw their side of things, how if something happened with a boyfriend, it upset them. I got an understanding.
RD: You seem to have a real respect for women. What is it that you like so much about them?
Cruise: They smell good. [Laughs] They look pretty. I love women. I do."
KIDMAN: I love the way a man smells. I love the way men look. That's what I like and what I'm drawn to. I'm hooked on the male physique--hooked on it!
KIDMAN: I have such an enormous number of male friends that everyone thinks I have brothers. I actually know quite a bit about men.
Playboy Feb 2005
Most of these quotes were gathered from the Datalounge thread