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For Nic, exciting life's a matter of interpretation, The Australian, April 5th 2005

SHE may be one of the most famous women in the world, but Nicole Kidman reckons her life is boring.


"I'm always more interested in hearing someone else's story at a dinner party than telling my own," the Oscar winner told The Australian before last night's world premiere of Sydney Pollack's thriller, The Interpreter, at the Sydney Opera House.


It's not that she doesn't love her life, but she lives it to "almost a too-intense and raw degree", she said, "which makes me more tentative about who I trust and who I let in".


Co-starring Sean Penn, the film has Kidman playing a UN interpreter who overhears what appears to be an assassination threat against the leader of an African state.


As well as making striking use of the UN's New York headquarters, The Interpreter is timely, in the light of current investigations and debate, in exploring the UN's role.


Kidman said that, like her character, she believed that the UN was necessary and that diplomacy was always preferable to killing.


The film, which opens in Australia next week, is one of three movies starring Kidman opening soon.


In Birth, also set in New York and due for release later this month, she appears as a woman who meets a 10-year-old boy claiming to be her long-dead husband.


And in Bewitched, opening in June, she plays an actor hired to take on the role of Samantha in a remake of the 1960s television series.


Of the stalled project Eucalyptus, in which she was to have appeared opposite Russell Crowe, Kidman said she would still consider being in the film if it were revived, but said she had not heard whether that was likely.


"It was a very upsetting situation," she said of the film's uncertain future, adding that she had been looking forward to her role and to the way Australia would have been portrayed.


"We were going to see part of Australia that hasn't been seen on film for so long. And for me it was about my childhood as well," she said.


Whatever happens with Eucalyptus, Kidman is determined to work in Australia again soon.


"I feel that it's the right time to make another film here - I would love to be able to support the industry that way," she said.


"I have an enormous love for this country and for the people who work in (the local industry)."


Kidman is now researching her role as the American photographer Diane Arbus in Fur, and is receiving tuition from an Australian photographer.
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