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Nicole Kidman on Clothes, Loneliness, and Being "The Interpreter", Fashion Wire daily, April 20th 2005

Nicole Kidman wants to set the style record straight. Although she loves to wear Chanel couture and is still seen in print ads as the face of Chanel No. 5 perfume, Kidman insists that she is not "the face of Chanel."


"I just did the No. 5 thing, which I did with Baz [Luhrmann, her "Moulin Rouge" director]," she recently clarified. "Everyone is saying, 'Oh, you're the face of Chanel.' No. I'm not."


Kidman, who has been single since her high-profile divorce from Tom Cruise beck in 2001, also admitted that being a part of the Chanel family has its pluses and minuses. The pluses seem obvious; couture clothes given to her for red carpet moments, millions of dollars in salary to advertise their classic perfume; but the minuses are more subtle.


"I went to Paris and I sat in the Coco Chanel suite by myself on the bed and went, 'Oh my gosh.' I called my sister and said, 'I wish you were here so we could really enjoy this,'" she recalled. "There's something about when you're alone and you're not sharing this with someone else, if you don't have a partner you're kind of struggling at times to go, 'I've just got to keep it up.'"


Having it all, but having it alone is a reality that the 37-year-old actress has had to embrace, but it is hard to feel too bad for her, considering that she's a woman who earns $17.5 million for each movie she makes, including her most recent flick, the political thriller "The Interpreter," that opens this weekend. Making that much money for a few months work should go a long way to filling the gaps of loneliness, but Kidman insists that for her, going to work isn't about the money at all.


"For Sean [Penn] and I to do it together, that was part of the draw, and also to work with [director] Sydney Pollack, who I think is a genius. And I'm just glad that I'm getting to tell stories, or be a part of telling stories that are I feel important," she said.


"I've been in the place where you've been dying to express yourself or dying to just have some sort of outlet and you're not given the chance. So much of being an actor is being given a chance, because you're not the writer and you're not the director. So you're kind of given a chance and it's really nice to be given that chance. It's a weird thing because it's not about going to parties and getting awards. It's about having something inside you that you need to express. I don't know any other way to explain it."


And if now and then Nicole Kidman feels a little lonely, it seems that feeling won't last for long. At this point in her career, with an Academy Award on her shelf and a still beautiful face and figure, she's always got a distracting new chance to occupy her time. Next up for her after "The Interpreter"? "Bewitched," due out in June. Really, there's no time to be lonely, is there?


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