Nicole Kidman is a wonderful Hollywood actress who is currently enjoying success with the female-driven series, Big Little Lies. However, it seems the 51-year-old star believes she has others to thank for her long acting reign.
The Moulin Rogue star has praised stars including Meryl Streep and Dame Judi Dench, 63. for paving the way for older actresses on screen.
At 69, Meryl Streep is still very much in demand and will, in fact, appear in the second series of Big Little Lies as the mother of Kidman’s recently deceased abusive husband.
Nicole said the two stars had ‘given her a chance’ to win a Golden Globe at age 50. Speaking in London as the latest in a line of stars to take part in Bafta’s on-stage interviews, Kidman said: “There’s a time in this industry where they go, ‘Oh well, you are past your due date … we are moving on to the next thing’.
“Having people like Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon and Glenn Close – it gives you a chance.
“In this country [the UK] you’ve got Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, the greats. They are paving the way.”
The Australian actress and director admitted that she had – for a time – found it difficult to find rewarding roles as an older woman. However, she said the work of such celebrated actresses that came before her helped her realise she did not have to give in to the ‘normal trajectory’.