Nicole Kidman is a superstar with roots in frock flicks. She’s traditionally beautiful and glamorous in modern clothes but also looks proper in period garb. From romances and musicals to Oscar-bait drama, she’s done it all and has no sign of stopping!
Megan Goddard in Vietnam (1987)
Nicola in Flirting (1991)
Drew Preston in Billy Bathgate (1991)
Shannon Christie in Far and Away (1992)
Isabel Archer in The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
Satine in Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Grace in The Others (2001)
Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002)
Ada Monroe in Cold Mountain (2003)
Diane Arbus in Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
Lady Sarah Ashley in Australia (2008)
Martha Gellhorn in Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Nicole Kidman said of this role:
“I knew nothing about Martha, but I’ve always been drawn to unique women who are willing to take on the world. The exciting thing about this film is that you see her discovering her nature. At the beginning, she’s a lot of talk. She knows that she’s either got to get her hands dirty and become what she pretends to be or she’s a fraud. In the end, Gellhorn out-Hemingways Hemingway.”
Grace in Grace of Monaco (2015)
Gertrude Bell in Queen of the Desert (2015)
Aline Bernstein in Genius (2016)
Miss Martha in The Beguiled (2017)
Queen Gudrun in The Northman (filming)
While Nicole Kidman has been doing a lot of TV recently, she’s also working on a “Viking revenge saga” that’s set in Iceland during the 10th century. Maybe we’ll make Sarah review that one!
What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role played by Nicole Kidman?
I like that she seems to enjoy trying new types of projects for their own sake. Dogville wasn’t commercial fare by anyone’s standards, but she went with it to see if she could do it. I will always think she looks better as a redhead, natural blonde or not.
I loved the old Kidman look, the red hair and freckles. (I also liked her best in comedy.) She’s a good actress, but I kept imagining Tilda Swinton as Woolf.
Queen of the Desert, which, alas, is one of the few I’ve seen. She is always good, even in not-so-good vehicles like Far and Away. She’s a pro, through and through.
The Others is a great film and my fave out of the few others I’ve seen on this list. I’m interested in seeing a few others: Flirting; Portrait of a Lady; Queen of the Desert (which I’ve picked up at put down at my local library about 9 times); and Genius.
Moulin Rouge is still within my top favourites <3 <3
The Others sticks out most in my mind.
I just can’t with Nicole Kidman! Long time lurker, first time poster to say I don’t understand! It’s like the emperor’s new clothes I just don’t see what others claim to see. I’ve only enjoyed her performance in To Die For because she was perfectly cast as a comedic caricature. I shuddered through Eyes Wide Shut, turned off Moulin Rouge after a valiant effort because pretty costumes but no, and the horror of The Hours was too much, how could they with her! She’s so mannered and frozen in face that I can never suspend disbelief. Tilda Swindon would have been perfection in that role. There I feel better 😊 love your blog very much anyway. Carry on!
Also damn you auto correct I am of course referring to the goddess Tilda Swinton
I love the sexy red silk dress with the mandarin collar she busts out at the charity ball scene in Australia. It’s divine. I must also, Nicole let herself be filmed looking downright dirty and haggard in some of the scenes when they were ‘rounging it’ in the Outback. I found that admirable.
I would have sworn that first photo for Queen of the Desert was Rosamund Pike, and have never caught any resemblance between the two before! She does take interesting roles, and confounds expectations.