Nicole Kidman spoke about the necessity to bring “truth” to her “Big Little Lies” character
It’s been one of the runaway TV successes of the year so far, and now Nicole Kidman has opened up about Big Little Lies and her experience playing Celeste on the show.
Ever since Big Little Lies ended on HBO, we’ve been dying for a fix of Monterey and the darkness that lingers there. We still have heaps of burning questions about what happens next, and while discussion of a second season has proven controversial, it appears that HBO could be on the cusp of renewing the show. In fact, Reese Witherspoon recently shared a picture that totally hinted that more episodes could be on the way.
Until we get confirmation, however, we’re happy to have Kidman sharing her experiences from the first season and how she ensured that her depiction of Celeste was as real as possible.
Of course, Kidman’s character has one of the darkest storylines in the show, and the star spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about what it was like to film some of the more distressing moments.
"I felt a sense of duty that I wanted to give truth to such a complicated story," Kidman explained. "I wanted it to be incredibly real for the audience. And so I got lost in it and I threw myself into it, to the point where I would come home at night with, you know, bruises and really sore."
Continuing, Kidman said that Alexander Skarsgård, who played Celeste’s abusive husband Perry, didn’t mean to hurt her, and that she didn’t say anything because she “wanted him to commit to the scenes.” Ultimately, she thought it was important to get that raw during filming so that viewers perceived those scenes as real.
“That was important to me because the storyline is about domestic abuse and that’s a very, very important, serious, relevant subject right now,” she said.
There are disturbing and upsetting scenes but, as Kidman explained, open conversation about domestic abuse is vital. We’re so happy that the artists involved in this show continue to handle the subject matter with care.
If you believe you might be in an abusive relationship and you need to talk to someone you can contact the National Domestic Abuse Hotline on 1-800-799-7233. You can also visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for more information.