They have been friends for decades, but Nicole Kidman has now revealed what really happened at the “wild party” where she was introduced to fellow Aussie Russell Crowe for the very first time.
The 51-year-old actress revealed she met the fellow Oscar winner for the first time at a house party she hosted at her home in Darlinghurst, Sydney, with her then-boyfriend, which was attended by around 500 guests.
And it’s no wonder that the Big Little Lies star can remember the night so vividly as she revealed that Russell, despite having only just met the host, proceeded to skol champagne from Nicole’s show.
However, while Nicole’s most vivid memory of their first encounter is of the Gladiator star doing a ‘shoey’, she said he has a slightly different recollection of the night.
“Russell drank champagne out of my shoe,” she told the Courier Mail. “But he says, ‘I never did that’. He says, ‘I stood behind you and you didn’t talk to me’.
“So, we have a slightly different way from how we remember meeting.”
Despite having never worked together on screen until now, Nicole and Russell have been friends for three decades.
“We are both Australian actors who are from the same generation so we knew each other, or rather, circled each other, but I got to know him slowly,” she added. “Then when he came to the States I got to know him better. I have a lot of memories now.
“I have an enormous amount of love and affection for him because we have been friends literally our whole life. I think it’s an admirable thing when you forge your way through, decade after decade.”
The pair star as husband and wife, Marshall and Nancy, in new movie The Boy Erased. The film focuses on Jared Eamons, the son of Baptist, parents who is forced to take part in a gay conversion therapy program.
Kidman stars as hairdresser Nancy while Crowe takes on the role of Marshall, who is a Baptist preacher, struggling to come to terms with his son’s admission that he is gay.
The movie is based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name and is directed by fellow Australian Joel Edgerton.