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Nicole Kidman says she wasn't recognized in public until "Big Littles Lies," and we're totally scratching our heads over this truth

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There’s no doubt that Nicole Kidman is a household name. She’s an Oscar-winning actress for her role in The Hours, the leading lady in last year’s acclaimed movie Lion, and the wife of country star Keith Urban. But for some reason, Kidman said that she didn’t start getting approached in public until very recently, after her dramatic performance in HBO’s miniseries Big Little Lies.

“It’s weird because when it first came out, I was calling going, ‘Aw, I was hoping it’d be a little bit more successful.’ I was like, ‘Oh, maybe it’s not going to hit the place we really wanted it to hit.’ And then it just really started to snowball and the great thing was, because it was on HBO, everyone had to wait each week to see the next ep,” she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday.

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“Then, I was suddenly being recognized in airports and airplanes and women were coming up to me in the street and talking about the character and what was going to happen next. And I was getting texts from Keith’s friends. People were saying, ‘We’re staying in Sunday night. We’re ordering pizza. We put the kids to bed, and we can’t wait to watch.’ And then I thought, ‘Wow, this is working,’” she told DeGeneres.

This article originally appeared in Instyle.com

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