It's no secret that Nicole struggled to maintain her own identity during her union to Tom, especially since he became deeply entrenched in Scientology towards the latter part of their time together.
So, how did Nic manage to reclaim her powerful and bad a** self following the painful split?
According to the actress, she threw herself into work and creative projects, admitting:
"I was running from my life at that time. I wasn't able to handle the reality of my life and as an actor, you have this wonderful thing where you can go and get lost in somebody else's life and become somebody else for a period of time. And when I look back on it, I really see that. Out of that came work that sort of was applauded and so that was an interesting thing for me. I then sort of embraced my own life and I got myself together and it took me a number of years and during that time, I worked a lot. The work was a great place for me to exist and then that culminated in winning an Oscar."