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Nicole has acting phobia

London, Feb. 18 (Reuters): Hollywood star Nicole Kidman confessed today that she has a phobia of acting and said: “Every time I star in a film, I think I cannot act”.

Kidman, hotly tipped for an Oscar for her critically acclaimed role in The Hours, said: “I’ve tried to pull out of almost every one I’ve done because of sheer terror.”

“I can always come up with a list of actresses who would do better and try to convince the director to cast someone else,” she told Britain’s Radio Times magazine. The Australian actress said her parents — Anthony, a psychiatrist, and Janelle, a nurse and teacher — were certainly not star-struck by her success.

“My mother keeps telling me to call it quits,” she said. “She thinks my nature is too fragile for acting. She’d love it if I was a writer and had a more secluded life. I agree.” Kidman said her parents did not even come to the Academy Awards when she was nominated for he role in Moulin Rouge because they were on a bush-walking trek.

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