Paddington Interview with Nicole Kidman – $25 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY and BEAR

I’ve been a fan of Paddington since I was 8 years old. I’ll never forget the year “Santa” brought me my very own Paddington. That bear was a prized possession for me. My mother still has it somewhere at her home with all of my special childhood toys.

I’ve also been a fan of Nicole Kidman for years. She’s one of those iconic actresses that just truly moves you in the movies she makes. You can tell she puts all of herself into a role and as a movie-goer I love and appreciate that immensely.

When I heard Nicole Kidman was starring in Paddington, I was thrilled!

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

When I found out she was playing the villain in Paddington, I was even more intrigued to see how she would play this role.


She was – in a word – SUPERB!

Paddington is the perfect family movie because you can bring everyone and all will enjoy. As a mom, I love movies like this because it’s a wonderful way to do family things together. When we saw this movie together, my kids sat there mesmerized. They absolutely loved the movie. They absolutely fell in love with Paddington. And they got to see one of my favorite actress’ perform… Nicole Kidman!

I had a HUGE special treat last night, I had the chance to hop on a call with 4 other of my blogging friends and ask Nicole Kidman some questions. She was so gracious with her time and really was funny and honest and just completely at ease with all of us.

I’m excited to share the transcript from last night from my questions with Nicole…

Audrey: Thank you so much for hopping on. I had two quick questions for you. And one of my questions was asked by one of the other moms, so I’m going to just kind of tweak it a little bit.
But, this is such a great family film. And Paddington is so iconic especially for us as the parents growing up with Paddington.

Ms. Nicole Kidman: Yes.

Audrey: You have the parents and the children in the theater together. As someone who brought this film to life as a character, what are you hoping that we’ll leave with our families feeling? With our children and also as parents, as an actress, what do you hope when we leave we feel?

Ms. Nicole Kidman: I mean, I make all sorts of genres. I make films that are disturbing. I’ve made films that are very adult. I sort of seek out all different areas of life.
But, there’s something incredibly gratifying about doing a movie that makes people laugh and also makes people feel closer. And I think that’s what Paddington does. And my mom, who’s 74, sat on Christmas Day with my six year old and my four year old and watched the same movie. And they all laughed and enjoyed it and came out closer.
And that’s incredible. I haven’t had that before in my career. So–.

Audrey: –Right–.

Ms. Nicole Kidman: –I’m 47 years old and that’s a first for me. To have the grandmother and her granddaughters watching a film together and bonding that way is beautiful.

Audrey: Oh, yes that is. That’s absolutely beautiful. It’s wonderful. With all that’s going on too in the world–.

Ms. Nicole Kidman: –Yes–.

Audrey: –It’s wonderful to have movies like this that bond families.

Ms. Nicole Kidman: Yes. Usually you promote a movie and then that’s it. And it comes out and it’s over.
But, for me, this movie is very special and so I keep wanting people to see it. So, that’s why I keep talking about it and wanting to tell people about it.

Audrey: I love it.

Ms. Nicole Kidman: For that, I say thank you to you guys for doing this, ’cause it just helps, you know?

Audrey: Absolutely. Oh, thank you.

And then, one quick question. A focus on my blog is style, and you are also a fashion icon. What’s like your go-to mom outfit? I mean, as Nicole Kidman, what is your go-to, just mom outfit, just hanging out with the kids?

Ms. Nicole Kidman: Well–.

Audrey: –I bet you’re in sweats–.

Ms. Nicole Kidman: –My favorite kind of t-shirts and sweatpants and everything James Perse. I don’t know if you know of that brand. I put on flip-flops and James Perse, and that’s my easiest thing to wear because it’s soft and comfortable. And my kids can climb all over me and I can still play with them.
When I go out at night with my husband, I used to be far more like, “I’m going to get really dressed up.” Now I’m just far more real about comfort.
But, I still try on a Valentino dress, like I just tried on the most beautiful Valentino dress. I have to go to Berlin to do the Berlin Film Festival. And it took my breath away.
So, I still have the opportunity to put one of those dresses on. And it’s very rare. It’s either when I go to the Oscars or a film festival, and that’s about it. But, it’s still beautiful to have access to being able to wear them, you know?

Audrey: Absolutely.

Ms. Nicole Kidman: And then you give them back.

Audrey: Thank you so much.

It was definitely a PINCH ME MOMENT!


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About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 1.23.15
    Kristen said:

    It brings back childhood memories as my friends & I all read the Paddington books and each had plush Paddingtons that we would bring to each other’s homes for sleepovers 🙂

  2. 1.23.15
    Lisa Brown said:

    i love he is so cute and loved by children and adults alike 🙂

  3. 1.23.15
    Mary Happymommy said:

    I love his cute outfit.

  4. 1.23.15
    Julie Wood said:

    I love how cute and Adorable he is and the funny stories are great!

  5. 1.23.15
    shelly said:

    I love how curious he is!

  6. 1.23.15
    Cheryl said:

    I’ve always loved teddy bears, and I love how cute and smart Paddington is.

  7. 1.23.15
    Janet W. said:

    I love how adorable and polite Paddington is!

  8. 1.23.15
    shelly peterson said:

    I love that he is so cute.

  9. 1.24.15
    Elena said:

    I like that he looks so cute

  10. 1.24.15
    Kelly D said:

    I love that Paddington is so funny.

  11. 1.24.15
    Deb Jackson said:

    I love his little laugh.

  12. 1.24.15
    Jennifer Marie said:

    I love his hat that makes him look cute.

  13. 1.24.15
    Mary W said:

    I have a large Paddy Bear dressed in his raincoat and boots that was given to me 35 years ago. I love those yellow rain boots and yellow hat. So cute!

  14. 1.24.15
    courtney b said:

    I love how cute he is- the movie looks sooo cute !

  15. 1.24.15
    Susan P. said:

    My daughter has a small Paddington Bear with the yellow hat and yellow raincoat. It’s so cute!

  16. 1.24.15
    Jessie C. said:

    I love he brings back my childhood memories.

  17. 1.24.15
    Elizabeth J. said:

    He is just too cute!

  18. 1.24.15
    Kim Kihega said:

    I love how cute he is!

  19. 1.24.15
    Jessica To said:

    I like that he looks huggable!

  20. 1.24.15
    mary said:

    I thought the movie was the worst for young children- Nicole shoots the bear and he falls like dead down the stairs so she then whips out her knife set! All the kids on the theater were crying and screaming- very disappointing since we expected cute and adorable-

  21. 1.24.15
    betty said:

    I love how cute he is.

  22. 1.24.15
    Stephanie said:

    i like him because he is cute

  23. 1.24.15
    latanya said:

    he is cute and cuddly

  24. 1.24.15
    Susan Christy said:

    He’s so cute!!!

  25. 1.24.15
    Sarah Hall said:

    I love his cute little face.

  26. 1.24.15
    Stacey b said:

    It’s so cute and fun for little minds!

  27. 1.24.15
    Sydney said:

    I really like the imagination aspect.

  28. 1.24.15
    Donna L said:

    He’s so cute and adorable!

  29. 1.24.15
    Natalie said:

    I live how carefree he is. And of course cute

  30. 1.24.15
    Kim said:

    love his outfit–hahaha!!

  31. 1.24.15
    amy b. said:

    I love that he’s so stinkin’ cute.

  32. 1.24.15
    kathy dalton said:

    he reminds me of my childhood

  33. 1.24.15
    Sandy Klocinski said:

    I love Paddington because it makes me nostalgic for my childhood. I love the rain boots.

  34. 1.24.15
    Christie Kammerer said:

    I love that he reminds me of when I was growing up.

  35. 1.25.15
    Michelle said:

    Hes adorable

  36. 1.25.15
    cynthia Dawson said:

    I love that Paddington is cuddly and Fun!

  37. 1.25.15
    harolde said:

    What I love is that the movie looks so fun and wholesome!

  38. 1.25.15
    Cindy C. said:

    He is just cute and lovable and full of lots of wisdom for young minds.

  39. 1.25.15
    vickie couturier said:

    I love that it was in my childs childhood and now in the grandchildrens

  40. 1.25.15
    Paula Hafner said:

    I love that he’s a classic and that he’s so cute. I loved his books as a kid.

  41. 1.25.15
    Leigh Anne Borders said:

    I grew up watching Paddington the Bear. I always thought he was the cutest thing!

  42. 1.25.15
    D Schmidt said:

    I love that he is a character I grew up with back home in England.

  43. 1.25.15
    rich m said:

    It’s a great movie for kids, parents & everyone with lots of jokes

  44. 1.25.15
    Jean D. said:

    I love Paddington because my sweet little Elizabeth Mae loves Paddington.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  45. 1.25.15
    Kimberly M. said:

    I have always loved bears. I love his silliness too.

  46. 1.25.15
    Joe Fanning said:

    My Grand Daughter loves him

  47. 1.25.15
    Kristi C said:

    I love that he is cute and cuddly.

  48. 1.25.15
    Chris Martinez said:

    I love his personality! Great reminder of “old days”!

  49. 1.25.15
    Aaron said:

    I think Paddington is kinda spooky.

  50. 1.25.15
    Cynthia C said:

    I love that Paddington is a traveler.

  51. 1.25.15
    Julie Murphy said:

    I always have liked the outfit.

  52. 1.25.15
    Debbi Wellenstein said:

    I’ve always loved the books, and the fact that Paddington is so cute.

  53. 1.25.15
    Kim H said:

    I love how sweet he is

  54. 1.25.15
    Laura J said:

    Oh I love how adorable he is and always gets into mischief!

  55. 1.25.15
    Margaret Smith said:

    He reminds me of my childhood and he’s adorable.

  56. 1.25.15
    Mary Cloud said:

    I’ve never watched Paddington before but he’s cute

  57. 1.25.15
    Natalie F said:

    I love that he appeals to children of all ages. And he is so lovable.

  58. 1.25.15
    nickie said:

    I’ve never watched Paddington be he seems adorable

  59. 1.25.15
    Virginia Rowell said:

    I love him because he’s an adorable bear.

  60. 1.25.15
    Mandala said:

    I am a fan of teddy bears – I like that he is adorably cute. Thanks!

  61. 1.25.15
    Cathy Truman said:

    Paddington is a very cute bear and he dresses
    with so much style.

  62. 1.25.15
    Vera K said:

    I love that he is a blast from MY past.

  63. 1.25.15
    CharityS said:

    I have always loved adorable teddy bears.

  64. 1.25.15
    Natalie said:

    I have always loved Paddington bear. I used to have a paddington stuffed bear growing up. I love that he reminds me of my childhood.

  65. 1.25.15
    Lisa said:

    I love that it’s a good family friendly movie

  66. 1.26.15
    McKim said:

    I like that little red hat he wears.

  67. 1.26.15
    Wendy B said:

    Paddington Bear is known to all. A real treasure.

  68. 1.26.15
    trisha kilpatrick said:

    He is just adorable. I just want to squeeze him.

  69. 1.26.15
    Crystal F said:

    I just think he’s cute. The movie looks so cute that even my 14 yr. old daughter is asking to go see it with her sister. lol thank you!

  70. 1.26.15
    Kim Keithline said:

    I love that he is a really cute beat you want to keep him

  71. 1.26.15
    Barbara Montag said:

    Paddington is just so huggable & the grand kids love him!
    thank you

  72. 1.26.15
    Robin Wilson said:

    I love how many fond memories of my son’s childhood he brings.

  73. 1.26.15
    Cheryl said:

    I’ve never met a stuffed bear I didn’t love! I love his sense of adventure.

  74. 1.26.15
    Jordan said:

    I love how classic Paddington is! Thank you! 🙂

  75. 1.26.15
    Tabathia B said:

    that everything is a new experience for him

  76. 1.26.15
    Tim A said:

    He’s just so cute and cuddly.

  77. 1.26.15
    wendi w said:

    he is just the first teddy bear i was introduced to as a child so its a special bear to me always

  78. 1.26.15
    Marnie Ward said:

    Paddington Bear originally came from Peru where he and was orphaned when he was just a few weeks old. He then went to live in London with Browns who made him apart of the family. Paddington is, by nature, a very helpful bear and so he does a lot of work for charities. The Paddington Bear has inspired thirteen novels that have been written about him and his adventures and he has just filmed his first movie. The Bear is an original and the older bears are collectors items. I would be delighted to have one of this inspiring bears.

  79. 1.26.15
    Cynthia R said:

    I love how adorable paddington looks in his outfit.

  80. 1.26.15
    Christie L said:

    He is so cute and I love reading the book with my daughter

  81. 1.26.15
    Evelyn said:

    He is just so adorable

  82. 1.26.15
    Samantha Daleo said:

    I love that Paddington is so very kind.

  83. 1.26.15
    Julie Matek said:

    I love how cute& sweet Paddington is

  84. 1.26.15
    Dawn Monroe said:

    I like that he is family friendly and laid back.

  85. 1.26.15
    Allison Downes said:

    Ive neverwatched Paddington but i think he looks so cute!

    Thank you for the chance to win this 🙂

  86. 1.26.15
    Amanda Sakovitz said:

    I love how cute he is!

  87. 1.26.15
    Estelle S said:

    I love that it’s something I enjoyed when I was a child and now I can enjoy it with my children. And he’s so stinking cute!

  88. 1.26.15
    Rene Chartier said:

    I love the story of Paddinton Bear’s origin. He
    represents everything good and kind in his adventures and as such is more than simply an adorable bear to cherish but leaves children with wisdom and the important lessons of his adventures.He is an icon for children everywhere that will forever be with all of us.

  89. 1.26.15
    Gina M (Wild Orchid) said:

    I love that my son gets to watch a character that I also enjoyed as a child!

    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  90. 1.27.15
    Kimberly O said:

    Although he is always causing trouble, he is still so cute!

  91. 1.27.15
    Carly D. said:

    I love good family characters!

  92. 1.27.15
    Brandy Davis said:

    I love Paddingtons clothes, especially the cute red hat. I loved the books as a child.

  93. 1.27.15
    Dawn Keenan said:

    I love Paddington because he is so awfully cute!

  94. 1.27.15
    michelle k. said:

    We used to read the paddington books when my son was little

  95. 1.27.15
    John said:

    They look like little gentlmwn

  96. 1.27.15
    Brittney House said:

    I like his little adorable outfit.

  97. 1.27.15
    Wendy R. said:

    I like Paddington because he is just good old wholesome fun.

  98. 1.27.15
    Jodi Kershuk said:

    I love Paddington Bears accent.

  99. 1.27.15
    Kelly Brown said:

    I always loved Paddington stories when I was growing up. He always looked so cute!

  100. 1.27.15
    Heather Hayes Panjon said:

    I Love How Cute Paddington Bear Is!

  101. 1.27.15
    Tara Huff said:

    He’s so cute!

  102. 1.27.15
    shirley said:

    He is so cute, and love the hat.

  103. 1.27.15
    liz l said:

    I think he’s cute.

  104. 1.27.15
    Abby L said:

    I love that I still love Paddington even though I’m not a kid anymore!

  105. 1.27.15
    Tammie Venne said:

    I love all things teddy bear

  106. 1.27.15

    Paddington takes me back to my childhood and passing my love of him on to my kids and now my grandkids.

  107. 1.27.15
    Lisa V. said:

    I remember my daughter enjoying him and now looking forward to my grandchild enjoying him too.

  108. 1.28.15
    al said:

    he’s fuzzy but not too fuzzy.

  109. 1.28.15
    Patty White said:

    I love his personality!!!

  110. 1.28.15
    Jessica Holmes said:

    I love that Paddington is a classic character that is being made popular once again!

  111. 1.28.15
    Linda F. said:

    I love that he’s adorable and appealing to kids.

  112. 1.28.15
    Bridgett Wilbur said:

    He brings back fond memorys from when I was a kid.

  113. 1.28.15
    Amy O said:

    He’s comical but clean

  114. 1.28.15
    shaunie said:

    So cute and innocent!

  115. 1.28.15
    Elaine said:

    To me I love him because he reminds me of all things London, and my special visit to Europe with my dad!

  116. 1.28.15
    Elle P. said:

    I love that he is a cute teddy bear.

  117. 1.28.15
    Tory C said:

    I love how cute he is, although if I saw him in real life walking and talking I’d be so scared.

  118. 1.28.15
    Danielle Marie said:

    he is adorable and it reminds me of my childhood.

  119. 1.28.15
    Tina W said:

    I love that he still has his yellow jacket and red hat, just like when I was little.

  120. 1.28.15
    R Jones said:

    I love that the Paddington character has withstood the test of time. Still lovable and beloved…

  121. 1.28.15
    Joann F said:

    he is so cute!
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  122. 1.28.15
    sherl bastien said:

    Cute, fuzzy and funny

  123. 1.28.15
    Laura said:

    I love his floppy red hat!

  124. 1.28.15
    Lee McKeon said:

    He is adorable for sure!

  125. 1.28.15
    ankayeb said:

    I’ve loved Paddington since I was little. I enjoyed reading his stories.

  126. 1.28.15
    Sonya Sanderson said:

    I love the stories about his adventures.

  127. 1.28.15
    Sarah Cool said:

    I love how cute he is!

  128. 1.28.15
    jules m. said:

    hes cute and he wears a raincoat… whats not to love.

  129. 1.29.15
    Katharine Davis said:

    He is such a classic British character

  130. 1.29.15
    Ella Brooks said:

    he’s just so adorable

  131. 1.29.15

    I haven’t seen Paddington yet actually! Loved your interview 🙂

  132. 1.29.15
    Sarah Blake said:

    He reminds me of my childhood and that’s comforting 🙂

  133. 1.29.15
    Stephanie Larison said:

    He’s so adorable and funny, what’s not to love?

  134. 1.29.15
    Melissa said:

    i loved reading the books as a kid! 🙂

  135. 1.29.15
    Theresa D said:

    I love him because he is so cute and I love his hat.

  136. 1.29.15
    Erica B. said:

    He is funny and cute!

  137. 1.29.15
    Anita k said:

    You just can’t stop smiling when you see him.

  138. 1.29.15
    Laura Royal said:

    I love that he’s such a cute character and I’d love to win this for my nephew!

  139. 1.29.15
    Amy Orvin said:

    I love that Paddington is fluffy and cute.

  140. 1.29.15
    Danielle Wood said:

    I love that he’s cute and curious

  141. 1.29.15
    Lauren said:

    I like his international flair.

  142. 1.29.15
    Sara Wood said:

    I just think he is too cute!

  143. 1.30.15
    Pat B said:

    I love that he is so cute and funny

  144. 1.30.15
    heather eg kaufman said:

    He is so cute & sweet.

  145. 1.30.15
    Jill Myrick said:

    I love that I can relate to Paddington so well with my kids because I loved him so much as a child.


  146. 1.30.15
    laurie murley said:

    I love that he is so funny

  147. 1.30.15
    Milissa said:

    awww my little boy would love the bear

  148. 1.30.15
    Ellie Wright said:

    I love that he is so cute and brings back memories of when my boys were little.

  149. 1.30.15
    Laurie Emerson said:

    I love how cute he is and all the adventures he has.

  150. 1.30.15
    matt lehman said:

    paddington is a super curious little fellow who i can remember watching in cartoon form as a child

  151. 1.30.15
    rebecca day said:

    I think he’s cute.

  152. 1.30.15
    Jake B said:

    He is good my nieces to read and I can’t wait to take them to see this.

  153. 1.30.15
    Roxann said:

    I love his clothes and how cuddly he is.

  154. 1.30.15
    Megan C. said:

    I love that he reminds me of my childhood.

  155. 1.30.15
    Missy said:

    I love his wardrobe 🙂 He’s so cute.

  156. 1.30.15
    Jaclyn Reynolds said:

    He is very cute and smart! It looks like an enjoyable movie for adults and kids!

  157. 1.30.15

    The childhood nostalgia factor 🙂

  158. 1.30.15
    Betty C said:

    I love that he reminds be of my childhood.

  159. 1.30.15
    paige jagan said:

    I love that he is so cute!

  160. 1.30.15
    Aqdas Ahmed said:

    I used to watch this show when I was young. Now that the bear is back in the spotlight, I love everything about it once again.

  161. 1.31.15
    Melissa L. said:

    I like that it looks so cute and funny!

  162. 1.31.15
    jodi said:

    I like that he’s from when I was a child!

  163. 1.31.15
    Sadie B. said:

    I love all of the adventures that Paddington has.

  164. 1.31.15
    tina reynolds said:

    I love his cute outfit he looks so sweet

  165. 1.31.15
    Dawn S. said:

    I love how much it reminds me of childhood sweetness.

  166. 1.31.15
    Timothy said:

    I love his wondrous natures. I loved him when I was little and am glad younger generations have the chance to love him too.

  167. 1.31.15
    Lisa Garner said:

    I love that he is likes adventure.

  168. 1.31.15
    Carolyn Daley said:

    I love that Paddington is a cute and funny bear with the sense of adventure.

  169. 1.31.15
    Vikki Billings said:

    I love that he is so cute and cuddly!

  170. 1.31.15
    Charlene Kuser said:

    I like that he is a very courageous bear with a big heart.

  171. 1.31.15
    Bryan E. said:

    Thank You for the giveaway…I loved reading the Paddington stories to my daughters at bedtime when they were younger…great memories.

  172. 1.31.15
    amy deeter said:

    i just love how adorable he is !!

  173. 1.31.15
    Michelle Tucker said:

    I love how he sees the good in situations. 🙂

  174. 1.31.15
    Sand said:

    I love the adventures that paddington goes on.

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