Nicole Kidman hasn’t always been as confident as she appears to be today.
At 5 feet 11 inches, Kidman towers over many other celebrities, and it’s been a constant struggle for her to work towards accepting — and liking — her height. Which is why, when she spoke at the Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards dinner and urged women and girls to “stand tall and never ever apologize for it,” she was talking both physically and emotionally.
“I was afraid of my own power,” Kidman said in her speech, “afraid that it would threaten people, intimidate people. And it’s a great sadness wishing to be less than you actually are. And it’s hard to take on the world when you’re constantly in a battle with yourself. I worked through it…I’m working through it.”
Kidman shared part of her own self-acceptance story by talking about how she declined a role in a Jane Campion film, “A Girl’s Own Story,” at 14 because she would have had to kiss a girl. “I wanted to be the kind of actress with long flowing hair [who] kissed boys,” Kidman said. “I was not ready to do the kind of work that threatened anybody.”