Nicole Kidman plays a religious mother who sends her gay son to conversion therapy in "Boy Erased." (Photo: Emma McIntyre)
Wide spaces, trees and horses: This is what Nicole Kidman wants her two young daughters to experience for as long as possible before platforms like Instagram pique their interest.
The actress, who sat down with USA TODAY recently to discuss her two big upcoming films, the family drama “Boy Erased” (in Los Angeles and New York this weekend) and the crime noir “Destroyer” (out Dec. 25), says tech takes a back seat in her home with husband Keith Urban and their daughters Faith, 7, and Sunday, 10.
“My kids right now, they’re not on social media. There’s no need. My kids literally have a tree house and play in the backyard,” she says.
That tree house was key. “I mean, building the tree house was a really important part of keeping them outside playing,” she says. “I’m pushing them for that, to be outside playing, riding your bike, playing, doing cartwheels in the yard. They still do that stuff. That’s a really important part of their development. And we’re lucky we have a yard that you can play in, we’re not living in an apartment.”
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That’s a “big part” of why she and Urban live outside the spotlight in Nashville, Tennessee. “Because we wanted space,” she says. “And I love the rural, I love having access to horses and hiking and the rural life.”
And yes, the Oscar winner reads parenting guides just like everyone else.
“I try to read parenting articles and books because it’s important,” she says, noting the uncharted territory most parents are experiencing in the digital age. “I don’t even know what the young generation’s called now. Is it Generation Z?” she asks. (Editors note: This age group has been termed “Generation Alpha.”)
Kidman adds: “We’re in a whole different terrain now.”
"Boy Erased," starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Lucas Hedges, follows the true story of a Baptist family struggling with homophobia.
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