Actress Nicole Kidman believes in God and even takes her children to church. For this, she says, her Hollywood pals have teased her.
According to Fox News, the "Moulin Rouge" actress revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair how she has passed on her faith in God to her children — two of whom stem from her marriage with noted Scientologist Tom Cruise (a Catholic in his youth) and another two from her marriage to country singer Keith Urban.
"A lot of my friends tease me," Kidman said. "That’s how we are raising our children. Keith has his own beliefs but he comes, too. I had a very Catholic grandmother, and I was raised praying, so that had a massive impact."
While Kidman wants to pass faith onto her children, she rejected imposing "absolutism" on them, encouraging them to ask questions about faith. "I wouldn’t say it’s absolutism, there’s constant questioning — I’m a willful, feisty girl," she told Vanity Fair. "For me it’s very important that I don’t have judgment. My dad would always say, 'Tolerance is the most important thing.'"
As noted by Fox News, Kidman revealed to Allure in 2018 that she almost became a nun before pursuing a career in acting. "I’m spiritual in that I absolutely believe in God," she said. "I loved the idea of being a nun. Obviously, I did not choose to go that path, but I was very drawn to it."
While nobody would dare say that Kidman's faith has given her a conservative worldview, it certainly has given her a more grounded worldview. In the realm of politics, she has shown herself to be more empathetic about views that differ from her own as opposed to the hateful scorn that so much of the Hollywood Left has spewed towards people leaning more right-of-center. In 2016, following the election of President Donald Trump, she said that the country should support him as opposed to hating him.
"[Trump is] now elected and we, as a country, need to support whoever is the president," she told U.K. television host Victoria Derbyshire at the time. "That is what the country is based on. And however that happened, it happened, and let’s go."
The Oscar winner did not even reveal whom she voted for in the 2016 election, saying she's more of an issues voter. "I’m always reticent to start commenting politically," she said. "I’ve never done it in terms of America or Australia. I’m issue-based. I’m very, very committed to women’s issues."
Celebrities getting heckled for going to church is nothing new in Hollywood. Earlier this year, actor Chris Pratt was publicly criticized by lesbian actress Ellen Page for attending Hillsong Church, which has a past history of opposing same-sex relationships and marriage. Later, critics mocked him for undergoing a Bible-based diet that followed the fasting experiences of the prophet daniel in the Book of Daniel.
"There’s this great quote, that I actually heard in church, which was, 'If the spotlight that is shining on you is brighter than the light that comes from within you, it’ll kill you,'" Pratt told Colbert. "Sometimes just having a self to share is what kills you, because there's nothing left," he added. "So you have to have a light to share. A light that's just a bright as any of these lights. Then you can survive and then you can save some of yourself and not give it all away."