Nicole Kidman likens acting with being a snake

January 28, 2024
Hollywood star Nicole Kidman said she thinks slipping into different acting roles is similar to the life of a snake.

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman said she thinks slipping into different acting roles is similar to the life of a snake. The actress, who has played a series of ultra-stressed women on screen including tortured writer Virginia Woolf, said she is fascinated by the slithering reptiles due to the way they move and constantly shed their skin.

She told Vogue Australia in a cover interview that featured her posing with a black snake coiled round her neck: “I like them… I think it’s something to do with the same way that I skydive or scuba dive. I think they’re very beautiful.”

Kidman said she finds snakes “alluring” and is fixated on the way “they slither and move” and by the notion of shedding skins, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

She went on: “You can become and try different things, all the time, which is what excites me.”

Asked if she felt as if she is still reinventing herself at this stage of her 40-year acting career: “I don’t even see it as reinvention. I think it’s more like different facets that you discover that are in existence, but you are attuned to the discovery of them.

“Yes, I remain very open and still very passionate about what I do, and curious. And those elements haven’t been dampened. You can either become more rigid as you become older, but you can also become more free.”

Born in Hawaii but raised on the North Shore of Sydney, Australia, Kidman said her obsession with snakes is also probably linked to the deadly wildlife that packs her homeland.

She added: “We’re used to it. You dive into the swimming pool, and we’re like, ‘Be careful of the funnel-webs that can form a bubble on the bottom of the swimming pool.”

“With the kids, you’re like, ‘Eyes peeled, eyes peeled!’ When you’re walking barefoot on the rocks: ‘Blue-ringed octopus, be careful, in the tiny little crevices! But it doesn’t stop you walking on the rocks. It doesn’t stop you exploring… which, I suppose, is very much a metaphor for the Australian spirit.”

“We cannot be stopped. There was always that searching out the dangerous things, as well. For the drama of it.”

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