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Kidman: I can identify with Kelly

Nicole Kidman has revealed that she can relate to Grace Kelly quite easily.

The Hollywood star portrays the US actress-turned-princess, whose life changed when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, in Olivier Dahan's film, and she admitted that spending life in the public gaze is something she can identify with.

The 46-year-old told Empire: "There are things I relate to. Less so now, because I've really tried to get out of that [celebrity world]. But 10, 15 years ago, it was very different.

"If you want to completely dissect why people choose roles then there are so many reasons but I would certainly say, with Grace, there are things I relate to. And I've been able to step into her skin very quickly."

Producers revealed a number of actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow, January Jones, Jessica Chastain, Kate Hudson and Emily Blunt were also considered for the role.

Nicole said she decided to sign on for the part because of the "strong" script, not because she dreamt of portraying Grace Kelly.

"I didn't take the part because I wanted to play Grace Kelly... I read this script and thought it was really strong," she explained.

"I didn't have a great knowledge of Grace Kelly other than from Hitchcock's movies. In fact, I hadn't even seen all her movies, although I have now.

"But what was interesting to me was what she gave up. To marry into something that involves giving up a lot of your freedom, that's really hard," she added.

Grace Of Monaco, which stars Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III, will be released in spring 2014.

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