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Sunday, 15 November, 1998, 12:48 GMT
Kidman too fair for a tropical paradise
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Nicole Kidman: "I'm an autumn, winter girl."
Hollywood star Nicole Kidman requested a strong sun block as her luxury on Desert Island Discs, broadcast on Radio 4 on Sunday.

Other guests on the long-running programme have been known to choose an unlimited supply of chocolate or a television to take with them if they were stranded on an imaginary tropical paradise.

But the fair-skinned actress said: "I know it's very practical, but in case it's hot and sunny, you must have that sun block."

'I looked like a freak'

Kidman, who is married to Tom Cruise, recently completed an acclaimed run on the London stage in The Blue Room, in which she famously stripped.

But she said there was no danger of her exposing her fair skin on a desert island.

"I will have all my clothes on," she told presenter Sue Lawley.

"I would hope that there won't be a lot of sun - I don't like sun, I'm an autumn, winter girl," she said.

Miss Kidman said her Australian youth was made a misery because of her height, complexion and red hair.

"In Australia you must be curvy and blonde and brown so that you can go to the beach. I basically looked like a freak," she said.

Sex scenes

But she still yearns to have a home in Sydney and one in London, where she and Cruise have lived for two years.

"Both our children now have English accents. They have spent most of their lives here," she said.

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"They go to school here and I think they will have wonderful memories of London."

She felt "crazy love" for their two adopted children and no longer yearned to be pregnant herself, she said.

Kidman was coy about rumours that Stanley Kubrick's long-awaited film Eyes Wide Shut, in which she stars with her husband, depicts some of the most convincing sex scenes Hollywood has ever produced.

"I doubt that," she said. "Stanley's made the film he wanted to make and I haven't even seen it yet."

Elvis, Janis and Louis

For her records, Kidman chose an Elvis Presley gospel number because her husband and father were big fans, and Van Morrison's Someone Like You because it was the song she got married to.

The hymn Jerusalem was dedicated to her feminist campaigning mother, and wild 1960s singer Janis Joplin's version of Summertime depicted an out-on-the-edge attitude which had appealed to Kidman as a young woman.

But it was Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World that was the one record Kidman would keep if she had to make a choice.

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