Nicole Kidman says people now need to support Donald Trump.
“He’s now elected and we as a country need to support whoever is president because that’s what the country’s based on,” the actress told BBC in an interview that aired this week. “However that happened, he’s there, and let’s go.”
Kidman is a dual Australian-American citizen.
In contrast to Kidman, TIME editor-at-large David Von Drehle wrote in the new issue of TIME of the dangers of celebrities using their platform to speak out against the president-elect, as actress Meryl Streep did at the Golden Globes last weekend.
“Prior to Streep’s speech, newscasts had been buzzing with genuine issues,” Von Drehle said. “What was the nature of Russia’s election meddling? Would Trump’s Cabinet choices bother to complete the customary ethics disclosures? What would the Republicans offer to replace Obamacare?
Nicole Kidman says her comments that Americans should support President-elect Donald Trump were merely a statement of her belief in democracy, not an endorsement of the incoming president.
The Oscar-winning actress's earlier remarks sparked both criticism and praise online after they were aired by the BBC earlier this week.
Kidman tells Access Hollywood that her comments were misconstrued.
She says, "I was trying to stress that I believe in democracy and the American Constitution, and it was that simple."
When an interviewer pressed her for more details, Kidman threw up her hands and said she was done commenting on the topic.
Kidman was born in Hawaii to Australian parents and holds dual citizenship in Australia and the U.S.
Kidman won an Oscar for 2002's "The Hours" and currently stars in "Lion."