You don't typically see actors side with critics who bash their films, but Nicole Kidman is defending three Grace of Monaco opponents, admitting she understands why they're offended by her upcoming Grace Kelly biography.
Monaco's royal family, made up of Grace's children, Prince Albert, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, recently issued a statement bashing the film, set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next Wednesday.
"The Prince's Palace would like to reiterate that this feature film cannot under any circumstances be classified as a biopic," the palace statement reads. "The trailer appears to be a farce and...is based on erroneous and dubious historical references."
Nicole responded to their harsh sentiments with empathy. "I know they're upset. I would be too if it were my mother," she commented. "It's a child's job to protect their parent. In that regard, I get it. I get why the children are upset."
But the blonde beauty asserts she has nothing but "great respect and regard for their mother."
The film, which has been plagued by controversy since the beginning of production, follows screen legend Grace Kelly's transition from Oscar-winning actress to wife of Monaco's Prince Rainier III.
"It's not meant to be a biopic," the Australian star told Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye. "I certainly did my best to honor everything that was real and truthful in it."
The interest in Grace's rise to royalty gripped the nation back in 1956, and Nicole believes the film will introduce a new generation to the "iconic couple."
"This is about a woman who went from winning an Oscar – the pinnacle of her career – to marrying a prince," the 46-year-old said, adding that the Philadelphia-born Grace had to learn "a set of protocols and rules" before marrying Rainier.
"It doesn't just happen," Nicole said of becoming a royal. "That requires skill, commitment and respect. She had to play a role – which was to be a princess."
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