Nicole Kidman’s Latest Role Is a ‘Love Letter’ to Her Children

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Nicole Kidman plays a mother of an adopted son in the upcoming drama Lion, and for her, the role held a very personal meaning.

In a new interview with Town & Country magazine, Kidman explained, “I can see now, for Lion, that it was important to me because I’m a mother with adopted children. This movie is a love letter to my children.”

Lion is the big-screen adaptation of Saroo Brierley’s real-life memoir, A Long Way Home, which documents his journey in finding his birth family in India after being accidentally separated from them when he was a small child. Kidman and David Wenham play the Australian couple who find the young Saroo and adopt him, while Dev Patel portrays the adult Saroo. The film also stars Rooney Mara as Saroo’s girlfriend.

Kidman, who adopted her two older children, Isabella, 23, and Connor, 21, with ex-husband Tom Cruise, talked about how she related to the character of Sue Brierley. “[My character] Sue is deeply maternal and full of unconditional love, which is beautiful. That’s why I wanted to do it. I relate to that. I feel that for my own children who are adopted. It’s not about anything else other than ‘I wanted you.’ It’s that deep and personal, and whatever your journey is, I’m here to love and support you. That’s what I connected to.”

“I’m so spontaneous — sometimes to my detriment and sometimes my benefit — but it’s how I’ve always been,” she added. “My husband [Keith Urban] never knows what I’m going to choose. And then he’ll ask me to explain why and I can’t!”

The December/January issue of Town & Country will be available on newsstands Nov. 15. Lion hits theaters on Nov. 25. Watch the moving trailer below!