After taking on the role of Celeste in HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman acquired a few negative side affects from the part in one of the most intense roles she's ever taken on. Playing the part of Alexander Skarsgard's wife resulted in the Australian actress popping pills after work to ease the injuries she acquired on set.
On the outside, Celeste - a beautiful retired lawyer and mother of two - is the envy of all her friends. But behind closed doors, she is the victim of her husband's psychosexual abuse. Scenes throughout the series featured Kidman and Skarsgard caught in violent spouts of rage, resulting in the actress growing a collection of deep and painful bruises.
"I would go home at night sometimes and be in a lot of pain, and I had to take things like Advil because I was being thrown around physically. I was really bruised," said Kidman about the toll filming took on her according to Smh.com. "At one point Keith was like 'I'm going to take a photo of your back because it's covered in deep, massive bruises.' He was devastated seeing it, but then he would say, 'But I have an artist wife!' He knows that's how I work; I don't even notice it half the time."
Despite the toll the show took on Kidman both physically and mentally, she went on to share she really loved portraying the complex character. The storyline has sparked a discussion of domestic violence since the show began airing, a result Kidman says she's extremely happy to have been able to be apart of.
"I've been reading articles that people have sent me that say they are glad this has started a discussion," shared Kidman. "You have domestic violence counsellors who are analyzing the relationship and saying how authentic it is just because he's capable of falling into his knees and crying and apologizing and saying he's going to change."
Kidman became a key driving force behind the production of Big Little Lies after reading the book the show is based on, Little Big Lies, by Australian author Liane Moriarty. After finishing the book in one day, the actress flew to Australia the following day to set up a meeting with the author in hopes of making the book into a series. The author gave her blessing on the project on one condition, that Kidman play the role of Celeste.
You can watch the trailer for Big Little Lies below!
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