Nicole Kidman says her marriage to Tom Cruise protected her “from being sexually harassed” as a young actress.
Kidman explained in a piece for New York Magazine: “Being married to Tom Cruise at 22 is something I’m always reluctant to talk about because I’m married now to [Keith Urban], who is my great love, and it almost feels disrespectful."
“That said, I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me — it was protection. I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed. I would work, but I was still very much cocooned. So when I came out of it at 32, 33, it’s almost like I had to grow up.”
Kidman continued, “Of course I’ve had #MeToo moments — since I was little! But do I want to expose them in an article? No.”
“Do they come out in my work? Absolutely. I’m open and raw. I want to have my well of experience and emotion tapped into, used — and I’m not just talking about sexual harassment. I’m talking about loss, death, the full array of life. But it has to be by the right people so it’s not abused again. I’m making a movie with Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie about Roger Ailes.”
Kidman will play former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in the upcoming film.