Nicole Kidman on “Really Really Really Hard” 2014: “Not My Favorite Year”

Nicole Kidman arrives for the Australian Premiere of "Paddington"
Nicole Kidman spoke about her "really really really hard year" at the Sydney premiere of Paddington, referencing her father's August death as a "massive tragedy" Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Nicole Kidman will be glad to say goodbye to 2014 in a few weeks. The movie star, 47, has been through a lot in the last several months — most notably the death of her father, Antony Kidman, in August.

"Personally [it's been] really really really hard," the Aussie actress told The Guardian Australia on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Sydney premiere of her new movie, Paddington. "My family underwent a massive tragedy. So not my favorite year. But I try not to be ungrateful — I'm grateful to be alive."

She's also grateful for the loved ones she has left. "It's so nice to be able to take care of each other," she added, noting that she planned to spend time with her mother and sister while in Sydney.

By her own admission, the Oscar winner tends to "orbit films about loss and grief a lot." But with all that's happened in her personal life this year, her role in a lighthearted movie like Paddington is a nice respite. 

"I hadn't made a film that had made people feel good for a long time," she told The Guardian. "I'd made films that are darker in tone. So, it's really nice to be able to make a film where you can say, 'Yeah, bring your kids.'"

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