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Kidman says divorce changed her career focus

Oscar winner says she picks parts with powerful characters
/ Source: The Associated Press

Blondes may have more fun, but Nicole Kidman says she’d rather have been born a brunette.

In an interview with French magazine Paris-Match, the Oscar-winning actress also said she doesn’t see herself pursuing her film career indefinitely. And she revealed that her 2001 divorce from Tom Cruise changed her criteria for selecting roles.

“Since my divorce, I lean, consciously or not, toward characters who are strong women taking control of their destiny, personal and professional,” the weekly quoted Kidman as saying.

“The position of a so-called ‘powerful’ actress is comforting for a single woman like me,” she added. “It gives you a character of hardened steel.”

Kidman, envied for her golden curls and porcelain skin, said she believes a darker complexion would have left her less susceptible to the sun’s damaging rays. She said she worries about skin cancer.

“I would, all things said, have preferred to be a brunette with a dark complexion. But I work with what I have.”

Kidman’s upcoming films include “Bewitched,” “The Interpreter” and “The Producers,” also starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.