Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Nicole Kidman Talks Labor and Learning to Stand on Her Own

Nicole Kidman is featured on the cover of the December issue of Glamour magazine. In the accompanying interview, the new mom to daughter Sunday Rose talks about her labor experience and finally finding happiness with herself.

Some highlights:

On her labor experience:
"Keith was my rock during childbirth. I'd heard horror stories of 40 hours of labor, and I was sure that would be me, but I had a very easy labor. And through it all, Keith's eyes gave me such strength."

On daughter Sunday Rose's resemblance to husband Keith Urban:
"It's fine by me, having a little Keith-ette. When he goes away, I can look at her and see him."

On their decision as a couple to never be apart for more than a week at a time:
"We reduced it even more. I have reached a stage in my life when I want to be with the ones I love. I used to be willing to do two weeks. And that is too much now; my heart aches."

On putting her family ahead of her work:
"I've given a lot to my work, and I'm not willing to give as much to that anymore. At this time in my life, I want to be giving to my relationships. And out of that, whatever work you do prospers because you have more to give. [Pauses.] There's something very primal about giving birth. It puts you in a state of being very raw."

On finding happiness:
"I'm in a place of gratitude and humility. I don't take any of it for granted. I touch wood every day. The journey of life — we all go through it: You have love, you lose love, you find new love. To have love again is a beautiful thing."

On learning from her 2001 divorce from Tom Cruise:
"I went six years alone. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but it's better to be alone than in a lousy relationship. Work was my escape. I was existing more strongly in my creative world than in my own world."

On learning to be her own person:
"[I learned] how to stand on my own two feet. I had to find my own identity, and my own reason for being here, and it couldn't be because of another person."

Source: Glamour

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