Nicole Kidman has been in the center of a media firestorm because of her presence as the face of an advertising campaign for Etihad Airways and the embarrassing decision of Hollywood studio executives to not release her film "Queen of Monaco" as a big screen movie and instead have it be released on the small screen of Lifetime television.
In the midst of being attacked for being the face of a new advertising campaign by Etihad Airways her strength of character and loyal friendship was revealed by fellow actress Naomi Watts. She disclosed that when her acting career was at its lowest point and she was broke with few friends it was Nicole Kidman who was "there to support her, console her, keep her spirits up and help her believe in herself" (The Express - April 7). In the cutthroat business of the entertainment industry where dependable friendships are rare Nicole Kidman's show of friendship stands out and has earned her much respect from some entertainment observers and filmmakers.
Interestingly, it has been her ability to 'ignore' the criticism that has come from her being the face of the Etihad Airways advertising campaign and the humiliation of her "Queen of Monaco" movie never being released on Hollywood movie screens and going directly to tv that has endeared her to some filmmakers as the epitome of a leading lady star.
The great actors of Hollywood are able to ignore the critics and questions about their projects and move on to the next project. The ability to focus on new projects and forget about the criticisms of past projects is a trait that only a few actors such as Nicole Kidman possess.
If one were to imagine what a Hollywood leading lady would look like and how she would act a good start would be to think of Nicole Kidman, an actress whose scintillating beauty, sensational acting talent and gritty, tough intestinal fortitude are traits that are common to the great actresses of Hollywood which incidentally, is how she is still thought of by many fans and some entertainment observers.
It is easy to engage in battles that distract one from their goals but Nicole Kidman with her focus on her acting is showing how a 'real' Hollywood leading lady conducts herself when in the midst of a media firestorm and this is why she has the respect of some entertainment observers and filmmakers.