Nicole Kidman in Cannes: 'I still act like I'm 21'

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Kidman is also starring in TV drama Top of the Lake

Oscar winner Nicole Kidman says she still acts like she’s 21 when it comes to acting roles.

The star told a Cannes press conference she likes to make “bold” choices, as if she were at the start of her career.

Kidman said while she doesn’t have to work, she does so because of her passion for cinema.

The star of The Killing of the Sacred Deer, in competition at Cannes, said her young children will be banned from seeing the dark psychological thriller.

Kidman has two grown-up children from her marriage to Tom Cruise and two younger daughters with her current husband Keith Urban.

“I’m at that stage in my life where I still try to act as if I’m 21 and starting my career,” Kidman said.

“At this stage of my life, I’m just trying to stay very bold and open and try things and support film-makers I believe in.”

The Killing of the Sacred Deer features an eminent surgeon Steven Murphy – played by Colin Farrell – who adopts a teenager into his family. Things start to go horribly wrong when the boy turns against Murphy.

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Farrell worked with director Lanthimos on The Lobster

Kidman plays ophthalmologist Anna Murphy, who is married to Steven.

It’s directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek filmmaker behind indie hit The Lobster, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes two years ago. Farrell also starred in that film.

Kidman has four projects showing at the festival this year, but said: “That’s a confluence of events – that’s not something I was aware would be happening.

“At this stage of my life, I’m just trying to stay very bold and open and try things and support filmmakers I believe in.”

Her other Cannes showings are in The Beguiled and How to Talk to Girls at Parties, as well as the second series of TV drama Top of the Lake, from Jane Campion.

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