OFFSTAGE: Oscar the Grouch Is No Keith Urban

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There’s another man in Nicole Kidman’s life these days, but I don’t think Keith Urban has anything to worry about. For one thing, this man is green and hairy and lives in a trash can. For another, he calls Kidman “vocabulary face.” And I don’t think he means it in a good way. His name is Oscar the Grouch, and he and Kidman met on the set of Sesame Street when she was there to tape a guest appearance. Of the experience, she said, “This is a lifelong dream for me to be on Sesame Street. I started watching Sesame Street when I was about 4.” Then she tells Oscar that the two of them are going to tell everyone the word of the day — “stubborn” — which is when he calls her vocabulary face. But even with the name calling, Kidman seemed like she loved being there. And she had her daughter Sunday there with her. “My daughter’s here on the set, and she asked, ‘Does he smell?’” Kidman tells Access Hollywood. As it turns out, he does. Somebody get that Muppet some of Keith’s signature fragrance, Phoenix.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.