Remember in high school if something embarrassing happened in class, like in gym, maybe you bent over awkwardly and flashed your ass, or Toby told everyone he took your virginity, or you totally missed your high note at the recital, or Max declared he didn’t want to go steady anymore during lunch in front of all your friends and was holding hands with Claire by next period…remember?

Me? All of the above. You?

Did you stay home the next day? Did you hide out?

It’s like what Nicole Kidman’s doing. She beat a retreat. Back “home” to Nashville where she’s spending time with baby Sunday, unable to face her latest Fail.


It bombed.

And much of its underachieving was blamed on her. More precisely, her forehead.

Amazingly enough, she acknowledged as much last week in an interview during which she surprisingly called out her own shortcomings. Recalling her emotions while watching the film at the Sydney premiere, Nicole remembered telling herself:

'I can't look at this movie and be proud of what I've done. 'I sat there and I looked at Keith and went "Am I any good in this movie? 'But I thought Brandon Walters (an 11-year-old Aboriginal boy) and Hugh Jackman were wonderful. It's just impossible for me to connect to it emotionally at all.”

So they took off.

“We ran because I didn't want to read anything. I didn't want to know. I saw my sister and my family and we saw Keith's family and then we were straight on a plane.”

Sad, non?

An artist questioning her ability, her talent. No doubt, Nicole Kidman is an artist. Was even a great one. But now the prospect of digging back out, along with her creative authenticity, is a daunting one.

Things to ponder…

More photos of the Nicole from the weekend with Sunday, click here.