First Film: Bush Christmas (Henri Safan) and BMX Bandits, both 1983
Must-see: Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999); The Others (Alejandro Amenabar, 2001); Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2004)
Star Turn: To Die For (Gus Van sant, 1995), in which she played a weather girl hell bent on becoming famous.
Underrated: Noah Baumbach’s generally underrated 2007 film Margot at the Wedding is Kidman’s finest performance to date, playing a brittle, brutal best-selling author who believe she is the actual center of the universe, opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh as her titular sister. Fearless work.
Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Next year, she will star in HBO’s Hemmingway & Gellhorn for Phillip Kaufman and down the road she will play a trans man in Lasse Halstrom’s drama The Danish Girl, but this year she will topline John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of the Broadway smash Rabbit Hole. Most recently she was found singing to Daniel Day Lewis in the all-star Nine.