CANNES: Nicole Kidman Responds to Royal Family’s Objections to ‘Grace of Monaco’

Grace of Monaco Cannes 2014

'I want them to know the performance was done with love'

At a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday afternoon for “Grace of Monaco,” the festival’s opening night film, Nicole Kidman addressed objections about her portrayal of Grace Kelly.

Earlier this month, the royal family of Monaco issued a statement that read, “The trailer appears to be a farce and confirms the totally fictional nature of this film.”

“I mean, obviously, I feel sad, because I think the film has no malice toward the family, particularly toward Grace or [Prince] Rainier,” Kidman said. “It’s a fictionalization. You take dramatic license.”

Kidman added that she understood Kelly’s children feeling protective of their mother. “I still have respect, and I want them to know the performance was done with love,” Kidman said, noting if they ever decided to view the film, “they would see affection for both their parents.”

Kidman said that she felt “many similarities” to Princess Grace. “I obviously didn’t marry a prince.” Then she deadpanned: “Well, I am married to a prince. A country prince,” she said, referring to her husband Keith Urban.

Kidman said to prepare for the role, she watched many of Kelly’s films and studied other footage of the actress turned princess.

“My favorite performance of Grace is ‘Rear Window,'” Kidman said. “That’s my favorite Hitchcock film.”

When a reporter asked the actress if she would choose love over her career like Kelly did, Kidman said she would. “I think love is the core emotion,” Kidman said. “I always said when I won the Oscar I went home and didn’t have that, that was the most intensely lonely moment of my life.”

At the press conference, director Olivier Dahan also confirmed a Variety exclusive that the Weinstein Co. is about to close a deal for U.S. distribution of “Grace of Monaco.” Dahan said that his version of the film would open in the United States, and if any changes are made, he and Weinstein would work on them together. “There are no disputes,” the director said.

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  1. Sarah Caroline says:

    I was always such a huge fan of Nicole’s, and many years ago did see many traits she shared with Grace- shyness that was often mistaken for being aloof or cold (Grace was pretty much blind without her glasses, which added to the confusion, but everyone who worked with her or spent time with her said she was warm, loved to laugh, and was tremendously generous). But now, the biggest difference in the two women? Grace would never for one second have considered doing to Ms. Kidman what Nicole chose to do to Grace. :(
    Hopefully your children will never see you being portrayed with blatant disrespect, Nicole. When one takes on the huge responsibility of portraying a person who actually lived, much research needs to be done- and it is clear that, for some reason, NK did not agree. Really disappointing. At least Lifetime, with its history of ludicrous “biopics” was the only place this bizarre film will air in the States. ( does Nicole look 31? or 25, the age Grace was when she won the 1954 Oscar for “Country Girl”? Two of the silliest problems with this needlessly bizarre waste of film).

  2. WufanGohan says:

    It must be a big downer in one’s acting career to be panned by the related subjects of what you are portraying – even more than that of the commons and the “established” movie critics. Decency mismatches however, appear to be a 90% occurrence in the industry for some reason.

  3. Jim says:

    “I mean, obviously, I feel sad, because I think the film has no malice toward the family, particularly toward Grace or [Prince] Rainier,” Kidman said. “It’s a fictionalization. You take dramatic license.”

    Well that means the movie sucks.

  4. Arshadfilms says:

    Stunning production design and great performance by Nicole Kidman! Bravo! This film will do very well in America and India- the places it is truly intended for.

  5. Gwin says:

    Sadly, the author of this article made the sad mistake of referring to the ruling family of Monaco as a “royal” family. The Grimaldi’s are not royalty. They are a “Princely” family. HUGE difference.

    • Sarah Caroline says:

      People get that wrong on a regular basis. But it is the least of the “sad mistake[s]” made regarding Princess Grace. Oh and you wrote Grimaldi apostrophe s… which indicates ownership. The plural is very easy, just add an s.
      The hugest difference in Monaco’s princely family and say, the Royals of the UK? Prince Albert actually runs Monaco, as did Rainier before him. He trained for it. He went to University to study business. He apprenticed at his father’s side. What is it that Queen Elizabeth does? Figurehead… silly me, I can’t seem to think.of anything else. Maybe you can enlighten me. :)

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