Why Nicole Kidman Likes Playing the Villain

PHOTO: Nicole Kidman plays the villain Millicent in Paddington Bear.Laurie Sparham/The Weinstein Company
Nicole Kidman plays the villain Millicent in Paddington Bear.

In her new movie, "Paddington," Nicole Kidman plays the villain, a role her daughters, Sunday Rose, 6, and Faith, 3, initially weren't too keen on.

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"They were very upset at first," Kidman told E! News while promoting the movie in Beverly Hills. "They've now come full circle and now they think the villain is the best character. My 6-year-old is always like, 'The villain is the best character.'"

Kidman added, "She's like me. When I saw 'The Wizard of Oz,' I was completely obsessed with the Wicked Witch. I mean, I like Dorothy, but I found the witch completely mesmerizing."

Now, Kidman hopes to mesmerize audiences with her role as evil taxidermist Millicent Clyde, who is determined to add cute little Paddington to her display of stuffed animals.

"I now see kids, after 'Paddington,' looking at me sort of, kind of hypnotized," she said.

Kidman transformed herself for the role with a platinum blonde wig that Sunday is obsessed with.

"My daughter is like, 'Get that wig and bring it home!'" Kidman said.

And she wears sky-high stilettos.

"I said, 'You guys can't honestly think I'm going to be on top of a rooftop with those heels on," Kidman recalled telling the filmmakers. "I had to climb up ladders and everything. It was hard."

"Paddington," which also stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins, is already a huge hit in the U.K., and Kidman is looking forward to doing more children's films.

"I want to do more kids movies," she told E! "But they always have to say something and make people laugh."