Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise’s marriage feels like a lifetime ago. They wed in 1990 when she was 23 and he was 28—and by 2001, Hollywood’s most A-list power couple had called it quits. Kidman just did a rare thing and opened up about that time in her life, contending that she married Cruise for love but discovered after marrying him that his influence in Hollywood could help keep her from being sexually harassed and abused in the industry.

Though she didn’t want to detail any specific #MeToo experiences, Kidman said the echo of those moments can be seen in her work.

Currently, Kidman is handling the #MeToo movement head-on: the actress is playing Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in an upcoming film about Roger Ailes’ downfall at Fox News after a string of sexual harassment allegations. To read Kidman’s full essay about power and being a woman in Hollywood, head over to The Cut.