Nicole Kidman Thanks Jodie Foster for Replacing Her in “Panic Room” When She Was 'in a Really Bad Way'

"I was like, 'I’m having a breakdown,'" Nicole Kidman said of her decision to drop out of 2002's 'Panic Room'

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Nicole Kidman and Jodie Foster

Nicole Kidman is thanking Jodie Foster for stepping in when she once had to drop out of a role.

During The Hollywood Reporter's roundtable conversation featuring Kidman, 56, Foster, 61, and actresses Brie Larson, Naomi WattsJennifer Aniston, Ana Sawai and Sofía Vergara, Foster and Kidman recalled when Kidman stepped down from 2002's Panic Room, though they didn't mention the movie by name.

"There’s this misconception that somehow female actresses are at each other or they don’t like each other or whatever," Foster said, during a larger conversation regarding how women in Hollywood support each other.

"Even this year, going to the various events [for Nyad], it always just feels so nice because the women really feel like they want each other to succeed."

"Like, Nicole, I took over a movie that you had to leave," she said, prompting Kidman to reflect on why she dropped out of Panic Room, directed by David Fincher.

"Yes! And thank you. I was in a really bad way," Kidman responded. "I was like, 'I’m having a breakdown.' And Jodie took over, thank the Lord."

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<p> Columbia Pictures/Getty</p> Kristen Stewart and Jodie Foster in 2002's Panic Room

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Kristen Stewart and Jodie Foster in 2002's Panic Room

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Panic Room starred Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother-daughter pair who take refuge inside a safe room within their home after armed intruders break in.

Entertainment Weekly reported back in 2001 that Kidman dropped out of the movie due to a knee injury she sustained while filming Moulin Rouge that prevented her from meeting physical requirements for the Panic Room role.

Stewart, who turned 11 during Panic Room's production, recalled spending time with Kidman before Foster stepped in during a January 2022 interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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Jodie Foster in 2002's Panic Room

"We worked together, actually, years ago, and she had to drop out of the movie, she injured herself," Stewart said at the time. "But she was gonna be in Panic Room. We rehearsed for weeks, I think, in my memory, which it was a long time ago. I was very tiny."

While Kidman could not star in the film, she ultimately made an uncredited voice cameo in the movie as the voice of Foster's ex-husband's girlfriend, heard over a phone call.

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