Nicole Kidman joins Penelopé Cruz and Bendict Cumberbatch for Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue

Nicole Kidman joins Penelopé Cruz and Bendict Cumberbatch for Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue

Nicole Kidman has sparked accusations her latest glamorous magazine shoot has been Photoshopped after she posed for Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue. 

The Oscar nominee has joined Idris Elba, Penelopé Cruz, Kristen Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simu Liu, Andrew Garfield and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez in the publication’s annual celebration of stars who have been recognised for breaking boundaries in Hollywood.

Speaking to the publication, Nicola detailed how she became so immersed in her critically-acclaimed role as Lucille Ball in Being The Riccardos, she battled with illness after fooling her immune system into channelling the actress’ ‘humanity.’ 

Nicole Kidman joins Penelopé Cruz and Bendict Cumberbatch for Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue

Wow! Nicole Kidman has sparked accusations her latest glamorous magazine shoot has been Photoshopped after she posed for Vanity Fair ‘s annual Hollywood issue

Wow! The actress (fourth left) has joined (L-R) Idris Elba, Penelopé Cruz, Kristen Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simu Liu, Andrew Garfield and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez for the publication's annual lavish shoot

Wow! The actress (fourth left) has joined (L-R) Idris Elba, Penelopé Cruz, Kristen Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simu Liu, Andrew Garfield and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez for the publication’s annual lavish shoot

Nicole, who is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance explained that when she took on the role of 50s comedy icon Lucille, she had to fool her immune system into think that her own character’s suffering is real, only to then fall ill herself days after filming wrapped.

She said: ‘Parts of the body don’t know, a lot of the time, what the difference is’ between a role and real life, having previously fallen ill after working on Big Little Lies, where she played a survivor of abuse.

‘I’ve started to understand a bit more to take care of yourself,’ she added.

Nicole also discussed how her character was written by acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, adding: ‘Aaron Sorkin wrote her as the smartest person in the room, because she was.’ 

Stellar: For their artistic shoots, Idris Elba playfully posed submerged in water that had flooded the interior of a vintage car Suave: Andrew Garfield, could be seen dangling from a hook in a dapper pink suit

Stellar: For their artistic shoots, Idris Elba playfully posed submerged in water that had flooded the interior of a vintage car, while Andrew Garfield could be seen dangling from a hook in a dapper pink suit

A vision: Have also broken boundaries in the industry, Penelopé Cruz (left) was a vision in her artistic image Animal friends: She appeared in the issue alongside Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

A vision: Have also broken boundaries in the industry, Penelopé Cruz (left) was a vision in her artistic image, appearing in the issue alongside Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

Nicole Kidman joins Penelopé Cruz and Bendict Cumberbatch for Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue Nicole Kidman joins Penelopé Cruz and Bendict Cumberbatch for Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue Nicole Kidman joins Penelopé Cruz and Bendict Cumberbatch for Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue Nicole Kidman joins Penelopé Cruz and Bendict Cumberbatch for Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue Odd: The Hours star put on an extremely racy display by posing in a skimpy pleated grey Miu Miu co-ord for her Vanity Fair shoot, but many fans were quick to note how heavily altered the images seemed

Odd: The Hours star put on an extremely racy display by posing in a skimpy pleated grey Miu Miu co-ord for her Vanity Fair shoot, but many fans were quick to note how heavily altered the images seemed

Ball famously convinced CBS to let her Cuban-born husband Desi Arnez play her on-screen spouse in their Golden Age sitcom I Love Lucy, after they divorced, she became the first woman in Hollywood to lead a major production studio. 

Nicole noted that Lucille never apologised for her smarts, telling the publication:  ‘A lot of times, particularly as a woman, if you’re smart, there’s a lot of apology.’ 

The Hours star put on an extremely racy display by posing in a skimpy pleated grey Miu Miu co-ord for her Vanity Fair shoot, but many fans were quick to note how heavily altered the images seemed.

One wrote: ‘What is the meaning of this Nicole Kidman? She is always stunning but this looks trashy, I think she is elegant and tasteful but these photos she is not. She deserves better.’

Another added: ‘A bit of Nicole Kidman in your photoshop!’ while a third posted: ‘Nicole has a great body, and that’s not her body. Her shape is not like that at all, why they have to Photoshop?’ 

Nicole Kidman joins Penelopé Cruz and Bendict Cumberbatch for Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue

Tough: Speaking to the publication, Nicola explained that when she took on the role of 50s comedy icon Lucille Ball in Being The Riccardos, she had to fool her immune system into think that her own character’s suffering is real

Penelopé, who also posed for the glamorous group shoot, discussed the final month of filming for her 2018 kidnapping drama Everybody Knows, where she starred opposite her husband Javier Bardem, noting that due to the ‘tension of the character,’ she began to suffer from a fever.

In her most recent film Parallel Mothers, Penelopé admitted she was left in tears on numerous occasions, and even sparked concern from her own mother about her mental state. 

The Spanish drama sees her play a middle-aged woman preparing to give birth to her baby, who forms a strong bond with a much younger woman as they take on the various challenges of motherhood. 

She said: ‘I told her, ”Don’t worry”—but I was worried. I pretended that I had things under control, but I was scared,’ and added that even a year after filming has wrapped, her mother still checks in regularly.  

Candid: In her most recent film Parallel Mothers, Penelopé admitted she was left in tears on numerous occasions, and even sparked concern from her own mother about her mental state

Candid: In her most recent film Parallel Mothers, Penelopé admitted she was left in tears on numerous occasions, and even sparked concern from her own mother about her mental state

Kristen Stewart, who landed an Oscar nod for Best Actress for playing Princess Diana in Spencer, admitted she completely immersed herself in the late Royal’s ordeal, including her battle with bulimia.

The film openly tackles her disorder, with the princess shown purging in a bathroom. The Twilight star explained: ‘I wanted to make sure that was not glossed over,’ before adding that she tried to actually purge during filming for the scene by nothing she would do ‘f*****g anything’ for her performance.

Director Pablo Larraín, who was operating the camera, pushed in on her anguished face, capturing the act, but Kristen admitted the scenes were still a struggle.

She added: ‘I couldn’t throw up on this movie, even when I really should have. I felt like absolute s**t and I could not get it up, and I know it was because my body was just like…the idea of that was so untouchable.’

Challenges: Kristen Stewart, who landed an Oscar nod for Best Actress for playing Princess Diana in Spencer, admitted she completely immersed herself in the late Royal's ordeal, including her battle with bulimia

Challenges: Kristen Stewart, who landed an Oscar nod for Best Actress for playing Princess Diana in Spencer, admitted she completely immersed herself in the late Royal’s ordeal, including her battle with bulimia

Kristen, who also announced her engagement to screenwriter Dylan Meyer, gushed about her relationship with the star, telling Vanity Fair: ‘I love being engaged. It’s different.… I just feel so happy and lucky.’ 

Idris Elba, who has earned praise for his role in the Western The Harder They Fall, said he’s hoping to explore a wider career in music, having previously performed as a DJ at Coachelola in 2019.

He said he’s hoping a wider audience will show the same appreciation they do for his acting work, adding: ‘Some may think, Well, it will be the death of your acting if your music’s s**t. 

‘I’ve dealt with the internal struggle of that over the years. So now I’m at peace and I’ve chosen: This is what I’m doing, and I’m going to do it. Some will love it and some will hate it.’

Benedict Cumberbatch, who is nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Power Of The Dog told the publication that he even he had doubts about the release strategy Netflix used for the film, with the streaming service launching it in theatres for two weeks before making it available on their platform.

Praised: Benedict Cumberbatch, who is nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Power Of The Dog told the publication that he even he had doubts about the release strategy Netflix used for the film

Praised: Benedict Cumberbatch, who is nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Power Of The Dog told the publication that he even he had doubts about the release strategy Netflix used for the film

He explained it was first screened at festivals worldwide – and was left bedridden with Covid in London after attending a crowded event, which he described as a ‘sober reminder of limits.’

‘This is for Scott [Stuber] and Ted [Sarandos] and everyone who runs Netflix: Could you not afford to have a longer theatrical release?’ Cumberbatch asked. ‘Maybe not. I don’t know. I’m positioning this as a question publicly in Vanity Fair. I haven’t actually had this conversation with them, but I would and I will.’

Andrew Garfield reflected on his surprise reprisal of his role Spider-Man in the recently released No Way Home, which saw all three film incarnations of the character appear on-screen together for the first time.

He confessed he had to keep his involvement a closely-guarded secret, and lapped up the chance to avoid sharing it with friends and loved ones. lying about his part in Spider-Man: No Way Home

‘I loved keeping it secret. I was able to get over my ethical, moral dilemma with whether this is a lie that is justifiable. Is this actually a lie, or is this just a fun gift I’m giving to people?’ he said.

Gushing: Andrew Garfield, who has received his second Oscar nomination for his role in the musical Tick, Tick... Boom! (pictured) reflected on his surprise reprisal of his role Spider-Man in the recently released No Way Home

Gushing: Andrew Garfield, who has received his second Oscar nomination for his role in the musical Tick, Tick… Boom! (pictured) reflected on his surprise reprisal of his role Spider-Man in the recently released No Way Home

Andrew, who has received his second Oscar nomination for his role in the musical Tick, Tick… Boom! also struggled to hide his appreciation for co-star Tobey Maguire.

He told the publication: ”I was just obsessed with what he was doing…. I have a full heart here, where I want Tobey to be impressed by me.

‘I want him to be my older brother/mentor figure and to tell me I’m doing a good job. I want to compete with him. I want to better him. I want to rib him, have fun with him.’

Pose’s Michaela Jaé Rodriguez recently made history as the first transgender woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and told Vanity Fair: ‘Child, it changed my whole perspective of how I saw myself and how I saw myself as an actress. I just felt so seen.’

The star went onto clarify the moment she first came to terms with her gender identity, after it was reported it was while she had played Angel in the Broadway music Rent.

Sensational: Pose's Michaela Jaé Rodriguez recently made history as the first transgender woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and told Vanity Fair: 'Child, it changed my whole perspective of how I saw myself'

Sensational: Pose’s Michaela Jaé Rodriguez recently made history as the first transgender woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and told Vanity Fair: ‘Child, it changed my whole perspective of how I saw myself’

She explained: ‘When I was playing Angel, that was not the first time I actually discovered my gender identity. I was seven years old when I had an affirmation of myself.

‘When I started Rent, I started medically transitioning. But I already had a self-assuredness of my femininity and womanhood when I was seven years old.’

Simu Liu, who has earned critical praise for becoming the first actor of Chinese descent to front a Marvel blockbuster in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is set to publish his memoir, We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story, this May.

The book details the responsibility of representation in the era of niche internet vitriol, cancellation, and even—amazingly—flak for doing too much. 

‘What I wasn’t prepared for was backlash from within, for people to say, ‘He’s not our representative,’ ‘ Liu said. ‘Even if there are only a couple of people saying it, it always hurts.’

Asked whether he would offer any advice to his younger self, he added: ‘I still feel very much like I’m an outsider in Hollywood…but I’m starting to realize I don’t have to prove to anyone or myself that I deserve to be here.

‘Taking up this space and being unapologetic—these things came a lot easier to me back in the day, when I didn’t have a seat at the table. I was playing a very different game, but I think I’m slowly finding that courage again.’

For the first time ever, the highly anticipated Hollywood issue includes an ambitious eight solo covers, with the portfolio’s quintessential group photo featured inside. The project was brought to life by renowned conceptual artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for the second year in a row.

‘To mark the occasion of our 28th annual Hollywood Issue, we present the iconic Hollywood cover times eight: scenes real and imagined from the gravitational center of moviemaking, conjuring fantasies of stardom with a wink,’ editor in chief Radhika Jones writes in an editor’s letter for the issue. 

‘Our cover stars are on top of their worlds. Every one of these actors is having a hell of a year, bridging art house films and epic franchises, studios and streamers, small screen and big screen.’

The Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue is available via digital download and on newsstands on Friday 25 February.

Coming soon: Simu Liu, who has earned critical praise for becoming the first actor of Chinese descent to front a Marvel blockbuster in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is set to publish his memoir this May

Coming soon: Simu Liu, who has earned critical praise for becoming the first actor of Chinese descent to front a Marvel blockbuster in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is set to publish his memoir this May

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