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Nicole Kidman: Actress, Mom, Women's Advocate

Off-screen, Kidman fights violence against women on the international stage.
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Kidman on Acting continued...

It'll be her first since she played a singing penguin, opposite fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman, in 2006's Happy Feet. Despite positive reviews for her soprano solos in that animated movie and in Moulin Rouge!, with Ewan McGregor, Kidman says she doesn't plan to sing in another movie anytime soon.

"Not a chance! Now that I'm married to a musician, no way," she laughs. "I can't really sing in front of him. I feel embarrassed. He's got perfect pitch, and he hears everything that's wrong, and he judges American Idol, for God's sake! I'll warble a little note now and then, but I've lost all my confidence."

Kidman on Violence Against Women

Besides her family, one of Kidman's off-screen passions is her charitable work. After filming Cold Mountain in Romania and seeing the plight of orphaned and abandoned children in that country, she signed on as a patron for Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance, or FARA, a U.K.-based organization that operates homes and foster care programs there. And in 2006, she officially became a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador -- although she'd been working with the organization for some time -- focusing her efforts on ending violence against women and girls.

"My mother raised both my sister and me to have a strong awareness and social conscience," Kidman says. "She was a strong feminist, my mother, and she told me about this group that was then called UNIFEM [United Nations Development Fund for Women], which was doing work in Cambodia with a lot of the women who had been involved with human trafficking and helping them to gain job skills. I called them up and said, 'Can I come and work for you?'"

UNIFEM later merged into U.N. Women, and during the past 7 years, Kidman has traveled throughout the world working to help the voices of female survivors of violence to be heard. She's particularly involved with U.N. Women's UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, which has proclaimed the 25th of every month as "Orange Day" -- a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls.

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