TFE PSA: Stop asking Nicole Kidman about her wigs!
Sunday,March 24,2019 at 9:39AM
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by Ilich Mejía

Last week,Nicole Kidman called into KIIS 1065'sThe Kyle & Jackie O Showto promote the Australian release ofDestroyer.The actress talked to Jackie O about working on the filmand the future ofBig Little Liesbefore the host introduced a discouraging question.

"They do this podcast and,literally,the podcast is all about your wigs.It did make me wonder,what is your favorite wig?"Jackie started.Coolly,Kidman replied...

Well,I'm using my own hair now.I think that's probably my favorite: my own hair.There's many times when I use my own hair."

Right before wrapping up the interview herself,she continued

It's like asking for the best character.Like saying you have a favorite child.I can't answer that one!"

The host prefaced her question by alluding tothe same questionKidman had already dismissed in September of last year whenDestroyerpremiered at TIFF.During a Q&A for the film,Sam Herbst,host ofKidmanifesto(the podcast Jackie O refers to) asked the actress,"I've spent the last year ranking your movies by things like wigs,and this movie is pretty wig-heavy.How do you think it ranks and do you have any other favorites?"The actress met the well-intentioned question with a swift dismissal: "That's anawfulquestion.I'm shutting that questiondown."

If her message wasn't clear enoughthen—did Jackie stop watching that Q&A the second before she answered?!—I'll now kneel and kindly implore you all to STOP ASKING NICOLE MARY KIDMAN ABOUT HER HAIR!

While it does seem unusual for her to skirt the questions so obviously,especially after Annapurna,Destroyer's distributor,made an awards push for the film's high-profile hair and makeup team that transformed the actress,we also have enough personal and professional context to know better than to continue to direct questions about hair her way.

As with most delicate topics (men,smells,plastic surgery,men),we tend to talk about wigs mostly when they're bad.There's a reason we only briefly acknowledge that both Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett are wearing wigs inCarol.Sure,those wigs resemble the actor's real-life hair enough that they would likely not be a topic of conversation even if they were slightly less impressive.When we discuss Kidman inBirth,for instance,the wig—a childish pixie cut covering her ordinarily long curls—is maybe the eleventh or twelfth talking point (if that) because there's so much else to discuss.

These questions,for better or worse,can serve as a good barometer for how a performance is regarded.It's then easy to see why Kidman gets defensive when a wig is brought up: it implies the viewer was so distracted by the wig that they missed the fine details of the performance or were underwhelmed so they asked about something banal.Destroyercould be an example of either,depending on your mileage,but clearly neither is flattering.Kidman wears two wigs in the movie.One is objectively not good (there's hardly a part,it doesn't seem to ever move,and the banged style that probably requires frequent touch-ups doesn't align with the careless character).

It's also possible she can't help but take these questions personally,as a sort of call forwhyshe's such a frequent wig-wearer.Technically,there are many reasons why wigs are a good idea in film: hair stylists don't need the actor to be physically on set for as long and the actor can alter their own hair as much as they'd like without worrying about breaking acontractual obligationor affecting consistencythrough reshoots.Less technically,wigs provide someone insecure about their hair with better hair.

In 2014 Kidman said she was embracing her natural hair texture again and while promotingLiononThe Graham Norton Showin 2016,she admitted regret for dying and straightening her hair so much when she was young which resulted in losing her then-trademark curls.She'll still wear wigs for most of hermagazine coversand often on internationalred carpets.Of course,this is not uncommon in this industry,but her intentions for doing this are clearly nothing she cares to —or should be obligated to— unpack.

As a self-proclaimed character actress trapped in a movie star,it's fun to watch Kidman transform in her movies,often times with the help of a new ‘do.It's also refreshing to see her sporting her natural hair in movies likeThe Killing of a Sacred DeerandRabbit Holeto equally beautiful results.

She is currently shootingThe Undoingfor HBO in New York City.She's been spotted with strawberry blonde curls on set for that (pictured above).Wig or not,let's keep the speculation between us and put all our energy into asking what really matters: when are we getting thatAdrian Lyne erotic thriller?!

Are we excited aboutThe Undoing?Nicole is playing a therapist in New York City that loves thigh-high boots,so this could be HBO's answer toGypsy.Remember that?

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