LOS CABOS, Mexico – In her first visit to Los Cabos and its festival, Nicole Kidman spoke of her great appreciation for film festivals where without them, she would probably would not have been discovered.
“Without them, I wouldn’t have a career,” she noted. Kidman was also on hand to present one of the latest films she stars in, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” by Yorgos Lanthimos, and receive an Outstanding Work in Cinema Award from the fest at its closing night gala on Saturday.
Grateful for the privileged position she finds herself in as an A-list actor and producer, she said, “I choose to work with women as much as I can and give them as many opportunities as I can,” she said, adding that her next film was with “Girlfight” helmer Karyn Kusama, (L.A.-set crime thriller “Destroyer”).
Asked how times have changed for women in the entertainment industry, Kidman pointed to the ‘30s and ‘40s when the likes of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford had meaty roles. “But it’s always been a struggle for women to find great roles, particularly when they get to a certain age,” she said. “Now we’re in the position where film, TV and all the other new media that support story-telling allow people to have a longer career,” she noted, pointing to the extraordinary success of HBO’s “Little Big Lies,” which she produced with Reese Witherspoon and where she won her first Emmy. However, “statistically, we don’t have enough women directors yet; we do not have parity,” she said.
Only three questions were allowed of the press, which ranged from the banal to the absurd, with the first one asking Kidman what she thought of Mexico, its culture and its food, and another about her experience riding camels on Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert.”
“How was your connection with this species?,” asked the incisive reporter. Perhaps Kidman’s most revealing statement was in response to the question on which Mexican director she’d like to work with one day.
“There are many I’d like to work with; you have some of the most talented directors in the world right now,” said Kidman. “I think I’ve begged to be in certain movies with some of them, but been turned down,” she laughed.