Just as she has with some of the characters she's played in the past, Nicole says she thinks she was meant to play the role of Lady Ashley in Australia—and especially to work again with the film's notorious director, Baz Luhrmann.
Baz, also a native Australian, was already well-known for his big-production films like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. After working with Baz on Moulin Rouge!, Nicole says she was so convinced of his talent that she signed on to Australia before a script even existed. "He just called me up and said, 'I'm thinking about this film.' And I'm like, 'I'm in. I'm yours,'" she says. "Because I feel also that there are directors that bring out something in you that nobody else brings out."
Nicole says Baz may have an unusual take on things, but his passion and love of romance translate into magnificent films. "He just views the world in a very unique way."