Nicole Kidman says this childhood quirk led to her acting career

Our on-screen stars taking their big break is one of the most compelling stories they can tell, but there’s one thing we love even more – the moment they knew they wanted to become an actor. In Nicole Kidman’s case, a cute childhood quirk is what helped her discover her dream of becoming a star.

As we know, Australia is used to very (very) hot temperatures, and being a red-haired child with a pale complexion, the great outdoors have not always been her best friend. While children his age spent hours frolicking at the beach, Kidman often had to stay indoors to avoid a scorching sunburn. That’s no reason to feel bad for her, because instead of sulking, she decided to have fun, which would involve performing Russian writer Anton Chekhov’s plays.

Talk with American radio journalist, Terry Gross, the actress has opened up about how her time indoors acted as a catalyst for her acting career.

“I played all the roles in Chekhov – in my room, at all hours, day and night. I had no idea it was going to lead me to my calling.”

The Oscar-winning actress would go on to make her screen breakthrough in the 1989 film, mortuary silence, when she was 20. She then gained international recognition with the 1990 film, Thunder days. These days, it seems the actress is all over the place, starring in two HBO series big little lies and Nine perfect strangers and most recently with Lucille Ball in the highly acclaimed film, To be the Ricardos.

Nicole Kidman

Talk to Harper’s Bazaar A few years ago, Nicole shared the secrets to her glowing complexion, crediting her daily use of sunscreen to dating back to her childhood.

“As a fair-skinned girl, I’ve been wearing sunscreen since I was a kid,” she told the publication. She then named Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Broad Spectrum SPF100+ Sunscreen as the product she uses on her face every day.

She went on to explain her nightly double cleanse regimen and her strict rule for removing makeup every night. So she really proves that it’s the little things that matter the most when it comes to taking care of your skin. If you’ve been looking for one more reason to remember the daily ‘slip, slap, slap’ mantra, then Nicole’s timeless beauty is all you need.

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