Nicole Kidman reveals the surprising reason growing up with a famously pale complexion influenced her to become an actress
Nicole Kidman is known for her porcelain skin tone.
But as a child growing up in blazing Australia, she was often forced to stay at home, indoors, while other children played on the beach in the afternoon sun.
By avoiding sunburn, the 54-year-old created her own pleasure, reenacting the plays of Russian writer Anton Chekhov.
Safe from the sun: Nicole Kidman (pictured) is known for her porcelain complexion. But as a child growing up in blazing Australia, she often had to stay home, indoors, while other children played on the beach in the midday sun.
“I’ve played every part in Chekhov — in my bedroom, at all different hours, day and night,” she told US radio journalist Terry Gross this week.
“I didn’t know that would lead me to my calling,” she added.
Nicole relies on a combination of daily sunscreen, multi-task makeup and beauty supplements to protect her pale face.
Learned Young: Avoiding sunburns led the 54-year-old to create her own fun, reenacting the plays by Russian writer Anton Chekhov. “I didn’t know that would lead me to my calling,” she said. Pictured with her sister Antonia (right) as children
“As a fair-skinned girl, I’ve been wearing sunscreen since I was a kid,” she recently told Harper’s Bazaar.
Nicole is a big fan of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun-screen Broad Spectrum SPF100+ for her face every day, even when it’s cloudy.
Elsewhere on her face, the star said she is strict about removing her makeup and double cleansing every night.
Taking care of her face: “As a fair-skinned girl, I’ve been wearing sunscreen since I was a kid,” she recently told Harper’s Bazaar
But if she’s having a late night out or traveling, Nicole isn’t averse to using a cleansing wipe to make things quick and easy.
Nicole also likes to mix high- and low-end skin products:
“La Mer creme is my go-to, but I also love Aquaphor. It costs nothing,” she tells Allure.
The actress mixes and matches the $250 moisturizer with the budget staple to get her dewy look.
Protection: Nicole relies on a combination of daily sunscreen, multi-tasking makeup and beauty supplements to protect her pale face