Nicole Kidman isn’t your average mum by any stroke of the imagination but that hasn’t stopped her weighing in on the juggling act that is working and motherhood.
The actress, 48, recently told Harper’s Bazaar that she decided to return to work after giving birth to daughters Sunday Rose and Faith because she didn’t want to live “vicariously” through them and be left feeling unfulfilled.
“I want to be around them, I’m the happiest when I’m around them,” she says, of her children with husband Keith Urban. “It’s that simple. But for me to completely give up doing any of this, what would I do artistically?
“I don’t want to be the mother who lives vicariously through my daughters, so I’m trying to balance it.”
The star, who also has two adopted children with her ex-husband Tom Cruise, admitted that it was her own mother who helped her come to this conclusion: “My mum said, ‘I really think you need to get back and do something. In the long run, that’s probably going to be better for everyone in the family, because you’re an artist.’”
Kidman also talked about how she got pregnant with seven-year-old Sunday Rose by swimming in an Australian waterhole during a film shoot. “I spent my life trying to get pregnant and I went into the waters up in Kununurra, and suddenly I got pregnant, and so did all the other women who bathed in it on the film.”
She’s not the first actress to voice her opinions on motherhood; Gwyneth Paltrow sparked controversy in 2014 when she claimed it was easier to balance a job and motherhood if you worked in an office rather than as a film star.