By HILARY FOX
Nicole Kidman’s red carpet date travelled for 35 hours to join her in Cannes.
The actress’s husband _ musician Keith Urban _ made the trip from Sydney, where’s he’s been filming “The Voice,” to escort her up the famous Palais stairs at the Cannes Film Festival for the screening of her film, “The Paperboy.”
And Kidman says his effort meant “everything” to her: “As long as he’s there, he’s my rock, everything’s fine. I feel a little out to sea if he’s not there.”
Not that she didn’t know what she was doing. It’s the star’s fifth time in Cannes, so she’s used to the huge photo calls, press conferences and international interviews in the palm-tree scattered French coastal resort.
This time Kidman has two movies showing _ “The Paperboy,” which is competing for the Palme d’Or top prize, and, outside of competition, the HBO movie “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”
While a teary Efron described the ovation as one of the most profound moments of his life and the rest of the cast was overwhelmed, Kidman remained dry-eyed _ if appreciative.
She credits putting showbiz further down her list of priorities with keeping her relationship on an even keel, even if it does involve a lot of international travel.
While that doesn’t sound very romantic, Kidman says they manage to keep it going, even on the road.
The 65th Cannes Film Festival runs to Sunday, when the jury sits down to choose its prizewinners.