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Nicole Kidman talks Scientology, her movies and the urinating scene in ‘The Paperboy’

By Daniel S Levine,

Nicole Kidman is on the cover of the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter. In it, she discusses her career and briefly touches on Scientology, the controversial religion practiced by her ex-husband Tom Cruise and their two adopted children.

In the interview, Kidman is reminded about Lawrence Wright’s upcoming book Going Clear, an expose on Scientology that blames the religion for her divorce with Cruise. “I'll bet it is,” she said, but she clearly doesn’t have interest in discussing the topic. “My eye is going to a dress [in the issue] -- that's how interested I am in this.”

“I've chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology,” she says when asked to comment further. “I have two children [adopted with Cruise] who are Scientologists -- Connor,17, and Isabella, 20, and I utterly respect their beliefs.”

Wright’s book and last year’s Vanity Fair expose both suggest that that the religion’s leaders turned Cruise and Kidman against each other, but Kidman would not go any further in her THR interview.

“We were in a bubble,” she told Dujour last year, notes Us Weekly. “Just the two of us. We became very dependent on one another.”

The Oscar winner, who is now married to Keith Urban, was more interested in covering her career. She recently gained attention and a Golden Globe nod for The Paperboy, which features a scene of her urinating on Zac Efron.

“I just don't find urination shocking,” she said. “I think I peed in the beginning of Eyes Wide Shut, too. But then, I don't find a lot of things shocking! Violence is a lot more shocking than sex -- sex is primal.”

She added that director Lee Daniels, “Had an obsession about shooting me from behind -- he was obsessed with my ass! To me, that was so funny. He's hilarious, I love him. I'm drawn to Lee for his wild nature. I felt shy singing in Moulin Rouge!. But peeing -- no, not shy.”

Kidman, who won her Oscar for The Hours, remarked, “I try to go places I'm terrified of ... It makes you more compassionate. The journey of life is hard; you're always waiting for the cannonball to come and hit you.”

image: THR

 
 

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