Nicole Kidman admits she used to lie to secure auditions

The famous actress opened up about hiding a little detail in order to secure acting roles.

Nicole Kidman has revealed she used to have to white lie her way to auditions early in her career in order to get work.

Speaking to Radio Times, Nicole admitted she'd take half an inch (1.27cm) off her height in order to secure an audition, pretending to be 5'10 and a half instead of 5'11 (180cm).

Nicole said she was told she was "too tall" to have a career. "People would say, ‘How’s the air up there?’ Now, I get, ‘You’re so much taller than I thought’, or men grappling with how high my heels should be," she said.

"Whenever I go on the red carpet, I get sent shoes that are always so high. I’m like, ‘Do they have a kitten heel? I’m going to be the tallest person – a giraffe!’”

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman attend screening of
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman at a recent screening in Sydney. Photo: Getty

Nicole went on to recall an audition as a child where she went for a role in the musical Annie, saying those who auditioned had to be measured before being allowed into the audition room: at the time, she was two inches taller than the cut-off, which was 5'2.


Nicole then revealed she managed to talk her way into the audition room and plead for a role, even though. she was "horrified" at the measures she had to take. "I didn't get the part," she said. "But at least I got to sing four lines of a chorus!"

She said, like us mere everyday mortals, she has faced insecurities about her height but realised she can use it to her advantage too.

Speaking of her height bothering her she said, "When I’m acting and I want to be small ... [but] there are times when I appreciate it, when it's related to what I'm doing [in my work]. I'm like,' 'OK, I can use this now.'"

Nicole also said when it comes to raising her teen daughters Sunday and Faith, she encouraged them to remember any physical insecurities they may have are "not important".

“What matters is how you allow other people to either say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to you, and whether you accept that,” she said. “Inner resilience as a human being, that’s the superpower, really.”

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