Quarantining for long periods of time has been so tough on so many people, including Nicole Kidman’s two youngest daughters.
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The Undoing star told the outlet that though her daughters were both accustomed to learning remotely because they often traveled for their parents’ jobs, other elements of the pandemic were really difficult to handle.
“Our kids – because we travel, and we won’t be apart – are used to having to learn online, but the social distance has been very difficult for them,” the star said. “They are working through the emotions.”
“For a 12 year old, it’s about not being able to access friends easily – that’s a whole thing which every parent will go through,” she continued. “And then, there’s the 9 year old, who’s socially forming. One of the hardest things is just watching them pine and yearn for their friends. I pine and yearn for my friends too.”
Now, though, Kidman is enjoying a full house. While she shoots Nine Perfect Strangers for Hulu in Australia, Kidman, her sister and her three children have been sharing a house, having a blast with so many kids together in one place.
“I just love kids. I said once, ‘I prefer children to adults.’ I like adults more now, not more than kids, though,” Kidman said. “I love being around children and we’ve got five kids living with me now because Keith had to go back [to Nashville] to release his album. So, my sister moved in to help me while I’m filming, and we have three of her younger kids — she has six — living with us.”
“It’s just fun because I just find their perspective not so heavy,” she continued. “It puts you in a more childlike place where you go, ‘I can move through this and it can be fleeting. It doesn’t have to become a massive weight.’ “
Between filming and taking care of her children, Kidman has kept busy during the pandemic. She can currently be seen in HBO’s Undoing.
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