SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 12: Nicole Kidman during the arrivals for the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
25th Critics Choice Awards – Arrivals – Santa Monica, California, U.S., January 12, 2020 – Nicole Kidman. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Nicole Kidman arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Nicole Kidman arrives at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Nicole Kidman attends the 7th Annual Gold Meets Golden at Virginia Robinson Gardens and Estate on January 04, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Nicole Kidman speaks at the “The Undoing” panel during the HBO TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
Nicole Kidman arrives at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Nicole Kidman attends the premiere of “Bombshell” at Regency Village Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
77th Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals – Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 5, 2020 – Nicole Kidman. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Nicole Kidman has felt “more secure” in her own identity in recent years.
The 53-year-old actress – who is one of the highest-paid stars in Hollywood – has admitted she’s only recently discovered her own “emotional strength”.
Nicole – who is married to music star Keith Urban – shared: “It is true I’ve become more secure in my own identity.
“It’s probably only in the last six or seven years that I’ve gone, ‘Oh, OK, this is who I am, what I am and what I stand for’. I’ve discovered my own emotional strength, which, when I was a kid, I actually didn’t think was there.
“I always thought I’d be easily broken. And there have been times in my life when I’ve gone, ‘I actually don’t think I’m going to get through this.'”
However, Nicole now believes that she’s much stronger and more “resilient” than she initially thought.
She told Candis magazine: “I have been down on my knees and have prayed for strength … And it’s been amazing to me what strength you can suddenly find from places you didn’t even think you had. It turns out that I am resilient after all.”
Meanwhile, Keith previously revealed that Nicole has been a “huge influence” on his creativity.
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Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger)
Chronicling the meteoric rise as well as the final days of the iconic singer and actress, “Judy” (2019) starred Zellweger in a critically acclaimed role. Thanks to her stunning performance, she won an Oscar, a Golden Globe as well as a BAFTA for best actress in 2020.
Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts)
Roberts played a single mother who, despite having no legal qualification, single-handedly wages war against a powerful American energy company that is polluting a city’s water supply in the titular 2000 drama “Erin Brockovich.” The role earned Roberts her first Oscar for best actress in 2001.
Queen Elizabeth II
Claire Foy’s (L) critically acclaimed portrayal of the British monarch in the Netflix Original “The Crown” (2016-17) told the story of a young princess, her ascension to the throne and the scandals and problems she faced in her early years. Foy won a Best Actress award at the Golden Globes in 2017. Olivia Colman (C) portrayed the role for the third and fourth seasons, as the show revolved around the queen at a mature age. “Harry Potter” actress Imelda Staunton will be taking over the role in the upcoming fifth and final season.
Helen Mirren (R) has also played the role in “The Queen” (2006). The film tells the story of a mature Elizabeth II dealing with the fallout of Princess Diana’s death. Mirren went on to win an Oscar for best actress in 2007.
Queen Anne (Olivia Colman)
Colman starred in the critically acclaimed 18th century drama “The Favourite” (2018), the story of two cousins seeking the favor of Queen Anne. The English actress bagged an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best actress for the role of the queen.
Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep)
Streep played the iconic British prime minister in “The Iron Lady” (2011). The film chronicles the final years of the controversial politician’s life as she struggles to come to terms with the death of her husband. Streep won an Oscar for best actress in 2012.
Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman)
Portman played the late U.S. First Lady in “Jackie” (2016), a film that explored her life after the 1963 assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. Her performance was critically acclaimed and she received both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for best actress.
Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer)
Spencer picked up a best supporting actress nomination at the Academy Awards for “Hidden Figures” (2016). Spencer’s character, a genius mathematician and human computer working at NASA in the 1960s, led a fight for equal rights for all African American women at the space agency, and also taught herself (and later her co-workers) computer programming so they would not be replaced by machines.
Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson)
“Hidden Figures” also saw a powerful performance from Henson. The “Empire” (2015-) star played a NASA mathematician whose path-breaking work on Apollo 11 missions won her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)
Monáe played a mathematician with aspirations of becoming an aerospace engineer in “Hidden Figures.” In 1958, she achieved that dream, becoming NASA’s first black female engineer.
Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek)
Hayek received a best actress Oscar nomination for her performance in the biopic on the Mexican legend. “Frida” (2002) follows the artist as she struggles to control the pain of a crippling injury and troublesome marriage.
Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman)
Kidman won an Oscar for best actress for playing the troubled author in the romantic drama “The Hours” (2002) that follows three generations of women coming to terms with suicides in their lives. It also stars Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.
Billie Jean King (Emma Stone)
Stone played the multiple Grand Slam-winning tennis icon in “Battle of the Sexes” (2017). The movie, which also starred Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, tells the story of the famous 1973 match between King (then world No. 1) and Riggs. Stone and Carell received Golden Globes nominations for best actress and best actor, respectively.
Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman)
In “Grace of Monaco” (2014), Kidman portrayed the former Hollywood star, whose marriage and identity went through a period of crisis after a dispute between Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Charles De Gaulle of France in the early 1960s.
Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep)
Streep brought Graham, the first female newspaper publisher, to life in the critically acclaimed drama “The Post” (2017). The movie follows the Washington Post and its coverage of the controversial Pentagon Papers, the classified documents detailing the U.S. government’s 30-year involvement in the Vietnam War. Streep won best actress nominations at the Golden Globes and Oscars.
The iconic Hollywood actress has been played on screen by Kelli Garner (R) in a TV mini-series “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” (2015) and Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn” (2011). The former chronicles the actress’ private life and the latter revolves around tensions between Monroe and co-star Laurence Olivier. Williams won Golden Globe award and Oscar nomination for best actress.
Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga)
Negga played the titular character in “Loving” (2016), which is about an interracial marriage in 1960s America. The marriage challenged social, cultural and political biases and laws of the time, and led to a historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1967. Negga was nominated for best actress at both the Oscars and Golden Globes.
Judi Dench (L) won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for playing a widowed queen who finds solace in her trusted servant, John Brown, in “Mrs. Brown” (1997). The veteran actress reprised her role in “Victoria & Abdul” (2017), a movie about the friendship between the monarch and an Indian clerk called Abdul Karim. Emily Blunt also played the role in “The Young Victoria,” a 2009 drama about Victoria’s romance with Prince Albert. She received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress.
Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo)
The English actress has played the character, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., twice. The first time was in the HBO movie “Boycott” (2001), which was about the boycotting of public buses in the 1950s. The second was the more expansive and critically acclaimed “Selma” (2014, pictured), which follows the civil rights icon during his march in Alabama, U.S., to secure equal voting rights for African Americans.
Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep)
Streep played the British activist in “Suffragette” (2015), which captures the women’s suffrage movement in the U.K., fighting for the right to vote.
Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (Alicia Vikander)
Vikander stars in the Oscar-nominated “A Royal Affair” (2012), the story of a young queen stuck in an unhappy marriage to Christian VII of Denmark. The movie was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the Oscars.
Mary Todd Lincoln (Sally Field)
Field played the wife of Abraham Lincoln (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) in the 2012 biopic “Lincoln.” Her performance in the film earned her best supporting actress nominations at the Oscars and Golden Globes.
Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor)
Although the 1963 epic “Cleopatra” became infamous for production woes, Taylor cemented her position as one of Hollywood’s greatest actresses after playing the legendary Egyptian ruler. The movie was a box-office success and won four Oscars including best costume design.
Tina Turner (Angela Bassett)
Bassett brought the legendary R&B singer to life in “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (1993). The film chronicled Turner’s rise to stardom and her troubled married life with Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne). Bassett received a Oscar nod for best actress.
Dorothy Dandridge (Halle Berry)
Berry, the first African American to win an Oscar for best actress for “Monster’s Ball” (2001), played the iconic actress in the 1999 biopic, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.” The film follows Dandridge’s career and includes her becoming the first African American to be nominated for best actress at the Academy Awards.
Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough)
Written and directed by Madonna, “W.E.” (2011) tells the story of an American divorcee whose romance and marriage to Edward VIII of Britain (James D’Arcy) throws an entire kingdom into disarray.
Julia Child (Meryl Streep)
The celebrated chef, author and TV personality was portrayed by Streep in the heartwarming 2009 drama “Julie & Julia.” Streep received an Oscar nod and won a Golden Globe for best actress in 2010.
Abigail Adams (Laura Linney)
Linney played the wife and closest adviser of the second U.S. President John Adams in the 2008 HBO miniseries, “John Adams.” Abigail is known for a series of letters to her husband, which not only comprised important discussions on government and politics, but also served as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War. Linney won a Golden Globe for best actress (miniseries) in 2009.
Coco Chanel (Audrey Tautou)
French star Tautou delivered a BAFTA-nominated performance as the famous designer in “Coco Before Chanel” (2009). The “Amélie” (2001) star was praised for a reserved approach to her role in a film that chronicled her character’s rise from a young orphan to high-class fashionista.
Elizabeth I of England
Australian star Cate Blanchett is the first woman to receive Oscar nominations for playing the same character in two different movies. She first played the queen in “Elizabeth” (1998) and reprised the role in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007, L). She also won best actress awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs for the first film.
Meanwhile, Judi Dench won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her brief portrayal of the monarch in “Shakespeare in Love” (1998).
Édith Piaf (Marion Cotillard)
Starring Cotillard as the iconic French singer, the 2007 biopic “La Vie En Rose” charts the singer’s life, starting with her discovery while singing on the corner of a street at 19. Cotillard won an Academy Award for best actress for her role.
Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst)
Dunst played the ill-fated French queen in the titular 2006 biopic “Marie Antoinette.” Directed by Sofia Coppola, the film follows Antoinette’s life from her marriage to Louis XVI to the end of her reign and the fall of Versailles.
June Carter Cash (Reese Witherspoon)
The 2005 biopic “Walk the Line” chronicled country legend Johnny Cash’s (Joaquin Phoenix) rise to fame and his marriage to singer June Carter. Witherspoon delivered a powerful portrayal as June and went on to win an Oscar for best actress in 2006.
Harper Lee (Catherine Keener)
Keener portrayed Pulitzer-winning novelist Harper Lee, who wrote the modern American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in the 2005 crime drama “Capote.” Keener received an Oscar nod for best supporting actress for her performance.
Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow)
The 2003 biographical drama “Sylvia” chronicles the relationship between the American poet and her husband, Ted Hughes. Paltrow played the troubled writer opposite Daniel Craig as Hughes.
Rosa Parks (Angela Bassett)
In “The Rosa Parks Story” (2002), Bassett played a seamstress who becomes a civil rights icon after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Bassett received a Primetime Emmy nomination for best actress (miniseries).
Selena (Jennifer Lopez)
Pop icon Lopez portrayed Selena, an influential American musician and fashion icon, in the 1997 eponymous film “Selena.” She received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress.
Eva Perón (Madonna)
Madonna starred in “Evita” (1996), a musical on the life of an Argentine actress who eventually became the wife of the country’s president Juan Perón. The film won an Oscar for best original song for “You Must Love Me.” Madonna won best actress at the Golden Globes.
Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh)
In the 1994 biopic “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,” Leigh played the quirky author and satirist who was renowned for her impeccable wit. She received a Golden Globe nod for best actress.
Golda Meir (Ingrid Bergman)
The TV biopic, “A Woman Called Golda,” about the Israeli prime minister was Bergman’s last acting credit before her death in 1982. In the film, Meir recounts her humble origins and eventual rise to power in the 1960s. It fetched Bergman a posthumous Golden Globe for best actress (miniseries).
Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek)
Named after one of Lynn’s greatest hits, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) sees Spacek portray the iconic country musician. She won an Oscar for best actress for her performance.
Hellen Keller (Patty Duke)
Duke’s portrayal of the young Keller in “The Miracle Worker” (1962) saw her win an Oscar for best supporting actress. The young actress was praised for bringing life to the angst of the blind and deaf Keller, frustrated by her inability to communicate. Keller overcame difficult hurdles to become a renowned author, lecturer and political activist.
Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft)
After playing the same character in a Tony Award-winning Broadway production, Bancroft’s performance as Keller’s instructor in “The Miracle Worker” fetched her an Oscar for best actress.
Joan of Arc (Ingrid Bergman)
Although there have been several biopics on the 15th century French legend, the performance of Ingrid Bergman remains the most memorable. She portrayed the young warrior in “Joan of Arc” (1948), a role that earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress.
Marie Curie (Greer Garson)
In “Madame Curie” (1943), Garson brings the multiple Nobel winning physicist to life, as she falls in love with her future husband and physicist Pierre Curie (Walter Pidgeon). The movie was nominated for seven Oscars, including best actress for Garson.
The award-winning music said: “I have zero interest in acting. Nic has zero interest in being a musician. It makes for a harmonious flow in our house.
“But there’s no question that Nic has been a huge influence on my creativity, simply for the way she approaches things in such a bold way.
“Curiosity makes her go toward something regardless of whether she thinks she can do it or not.”