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Baz Luhrman Talks About Nicole Kidman’s Pregnancy

Baz Luhrman directed Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman on the set of Australia from late April 2007 until early September, and he spoke to Movies Online about Nicole becoming pregnant on set, how it changed her, and if they had to alter the costumes at all.

On if being pregnant and giving birth to Sunday Rose changed Nicole: “Well, it has, but it hasn’t…She’s a high wire act in that you all know she goes out on an edge and as a performer she makes choices where we all go, ‘Are you crazy? What are you doing that for?’ But she does that as she says because she’s got unusual taste, but really I know that’s her way of saying that she wants to go up on that wire again, and she is always challenging herself, therefore she challenges everyone around her. She had little Sunday Rose, and all I can say is, that as an observation, as a technical observation, it is still Nicole, still the high wire act, but there is a center and a sort of – she’s has had the gift of peace that I don’t think she’s found easy to have access to, as easy, and I’ve seen a peace in her, a kind of center to her, and she’s just Nicole, only better.”

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On Nicole telling him she was pregnant on the set: “But, and this is true, what happened in this story, because it’s very easy to make nice backstage stories, you know what happens under that baobab tree, that lovely tree, real location shot at Kununurra, again the Lean and Lucas, we had to do close-ups, you know, and we’re on this stage and we brought a bit of the tree into the studio to actually do those very controlled close-ups. So, we’re under the tree, and we call lunch, and Nicole’s like being Nicole, and I’m thinking ‘It’s going to be an exciting day. What is it do you want?’ She’s like, ‘Baz, I have to talk to you. Come over here. I have to talk to you.’ I’m like, my eyes are almost rolling in my head, ‘Oh please, okay what is it?’ And she stops and she’s incredibly like transformative, and this is the great thing about that friend and colleague, is that when things are really bad, she can suddenly become unbelievably, super, super centered and just so grounded, and she said, ‘I’m pregnant.’ And honestly, she burst into tears, and so did I, and we were under that tree that we brought down from up the bush, and it was about the last ‘x’ weeks, and then it was all like, ‘Don’t tell anyone, don’t tell anyone, I’m nervous.’ So she immediately flipped back to ‘I’m not going to be a burden to anybody,’ and then there’s the whole secret that Hugh and Nicole and I had to – we were in boats and stuff, and she had morning sickness and all that.”

On not having to alter the costumes at all: “No, that did not happen. Are you kidding, Nicole? Hang on, people going ‘Is she really?’ Physically no, and also it was at a stage where it was never a problem.”

Added costume designer Catherine Martin: “People ask me that all the time…Absolutely not. Because it was in the very early stages. She was the trooper. She felt pretty sick and she just kept working which was pretty remarkable. And I think Nicole feels really blessed because Sunday Rose is her third child. We met Nicole when Isabella came into her life and we met her as a baby on the Fox sound stage when we did a shoot for Australian Vogue and so I feel privileged to have met two of her babies, two little daughers, and I think that at that very early stage and I think, you know, Nicole is a very caring maternal person and she has a sense of wanting to care for the group and I think it comes very naturally to her. I think she sees it as a great blessing. And, as a mother who had children very late in life, I think it’s sort of a double blessing particularly if you think it’s an experience you may never have and so I think she feels very blessed. She has three fabulous children and that’s a great gift.

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Hugh Jackman’s Kids Keep Him Honest

Australia has premiered here in the US, and the film’s male lead, Hugh Jackman, spoke with Movies Online about how the movie improved him as a parent, and how his kids are keeping him “honest.”

Hugh explained what he thinks he learned from having children Oscar, 8, and Ava, 3: “It makes you learn about yourself. I think it also makes you learn about your own parents because I’ve found myself and my wife quite often says ‘Oh, hello Chris,’ that’s my dad’s name, because the things coming out of my mouth sound exactly like my dad that I swore on my life I would never do. The most annoying things. It’s sort of bizarre. Yes, you learn about yourself. You learn about your own relationship to your parents and then how you want to parent and also I’ve found, your marriage goes to a whole other level. You not only fall in love with your wife in a whole different way but you’re also forced to kind of pull together your own philosophies about parenthood even though you may have grown up in a completely different environment and somehow, you’ve got to become this united front. So, I’m a big believer that the best way to learn or improve is ‘in relationship to,’ so you have to go outside of yourself. In acting, it’s your partner and your director really who you’re working with. That’s who you have to trust and be open to. It’s not a singular experience when it’s parenting with your wife.”

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He also said that kids are “just the most pure reflection of the truth at any given moment,” citing Oscar’s reaction to his being named People Magazine’s Sexist Man Alive for 2008: ” My son Oscar is eight and he goes ‘You? You’ve gotta be kidding me!’ (laughs) I thought, ‘It’s the truth!’”

On his learning to work with horses for Australia also improved his parenting skills: “The only way you can really develop a relationship of trust with a horse is to not put a saddle on it because horses can sense it. I learned a lot about parenting from riding a horse. It’s the same thing. You can whack a horse. I’ve seen people do it. They whack them, they kick them, and they do all that, and you can get a horse to do something. But, I was very lucky to have two trainers who taught me how to make the horse feel it’s their idea. I’ll tell you, as a parent, it is the greatest thing I’ve ever learned. [Laughs]“

Photo: Carlos Costas/PacificCoastNews.com

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Gabrielle Reece & Brody Jo @ LAX

Gabrielle Reece & Brody Jo @ LAX

Professional volleyball player and model Gabrielle Reece, who is married to Hawaiian big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, was spotted with their 11-month-old daughter, Brody Jo, departing from LAX.

Gabrielle recently revealed her workout secrets. She encouraged women to put themselves first in order to maintain overall health: “Women especially don’t put as great a value on themselves. They take care of other people. Your health and feeling good about yourself is really critical. Exercise isn’t about being thin. There really is chemical stuff that happens — it helps you stay sane.”

Photos: Gabo/bauergriffinonline.com

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Tom, Katie & Suri Take Manhattan

Tom, Katie & Suri Take Manhattan

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and their 2-year-old daughter, Suri, return home after being out and about for most of the day in New York City.

The Cruises just had a whirlwind Thanksgiving weekend with the Beckhams in the Big Apple.

Photos: Pacific Coast News

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Toni Collette & Dave Galafassi Stroll With Sage Florence

Toni Collette & Dave Galafassi Stroll With Sage Florence

Australian actress Toni Collette and musician husband Dave Galafassi were spotted taking their almost 10-month-old daughter Sage Florence Galafassi out for a stroll in Bondi Beach, Australia over the weekend.

Toni stars in a clay animated film Mary and Max, with Philip Seymour Hoffman. The movie will open the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 15 in Park City, Utah.

In addition to her acting career – Collette, 36, has a band with her husband called Toni Collette & the Finish. Her debut album, titled ‘Beautiful Awkward Pictures’ was released in 2006. The family lives in Sydney, Australia, and owns a second home in Ireland.

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Last Day To Enter: Giveaway – Uncommonly Cute

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