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I walked back into the waiting area, only to be ushered into the doctor’s room. She spoke like an aunt, dispelling concerns with a wave of her hand and a scientific diagram. Before I could scream “MY YOUTH!” she lay me down and injected tiny pinpricks into my forehead and under my eyes.
Kidman is, of course, slavishly well-shot and edited and given a million plum moments in the film, so I guess my appreciation of her was incidental, but it was real! She was everything an actress is supposed to be – surreal and fantastical but recognizably an actual person.
And what about the famous women — past and present — in Tom Cruise’s life? Nicole Kidman is a fine actress, one of the best, but would she have spent more years on the outskirts of stardom, like her best friend Naomi Watts, if she hadn’t become Mrs. Cruise in 1990?