A story being shared by thousands of Facebook users includes a “quote” about President Donald Trump that has been misattributed to the actress Nicole Kidman.
The headline of an article circulating on Facebook reads, “Nicole Kidman Says: Trump Is The Best President In U.S History, We Must Respect Him.”
There is no evidence Kidman ever said that.
The article, published on the Cambodian “entertainment news” website Kh Stars, cites Kidman’s January 2017 interview with British journalist Victoria Derbyshire. In the BBC Two interview, Derbyshire noted that Kidman, a dual citizen of Australia and the United States, voted in the 2016 presidential election, and then asked the actress for her views on Trump, who was president-elect at the time.
Kidman’s response was that she believes U.S. citizens should support their country’s president, whomever that person may be. At no point did she say that Trump is the best U.S. president of all time. Here’s her full answer:
The Kh Stars story offers no other evidence to support its headline, nor did we find any.
Days after the BBC Two interview aired, the Associated Press reported that Kidman clarified her comments about Trump in an interview with “Access Hollywood.”
Video of the latter interview is no longer available online, but the AP reported that Kidman said of her earlier remarks, “I was trying to stress that I believe in democracy and the American Constitution, and it was that simple.”
Americans now need to support President-elect Donald Trump, actress Nicole Kidman has told Britain’s state broadcaster the BBC in an interview.
“He is now elected and we as a country need to support whoever is president because that’s what the country’s based on,” the dual Australian-American citizen and Oscar-winning star told the BBC this week.
“However that happened … He’s there … And let’s go,” she concluded in response to the interviewer’s question on what Kidman thought of the president-elect.
The neutral tone contrasts sharply with fellow actress Meryl Streep’s attitude towards the incoming president which she shared in no uncertain terms with global audiences at the Golden Globes awards ceremony last Sunday.
Reading from prepared notes, Streep broached the topic by saying Trump’s treatment of a disabled journalist to audience laughter “sank hooks” into her heart.
“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back,” she began.
“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life,” said the eight-time Golden Globe award-winning actress who spoke as she collected the honorary Cecil B DeMille award at the 2017 event.
The President-elect was quick to post a response on his preferred communication platform, alleging in a series of tweets that the three-time Oscar-winning actress had misrepresented the situation.