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While at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London Nicole spoke with Entertainment Tonight about her role in the film Bombshell.
Meryl Streep’s time playing Nicole Kidman’s mother-in-law on Big Little Lies may have come to a close, but Kidman’s still all about taking the legendary actress’ advice.
While speaking with ET’s Cassie DiLaura backstage at the 2019 British GQ Men of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday, Kidman shared that she took her role as Gretchen Carlson in Bombshell because Streep insisted upon it.
“I remember Meryl Streep saying to me, when I said, ‘Oh, should I play Gretchen Carlson?’ She was like, ‘Yes, you should.’ So when Meryl says, ‘Yes, you should,’ you do what she says,” Kidman said with a laugh.
In all seriousness, the actress couldn’t wait to sign onto a film with a story as important as the one Bombshell tells. The movie centers on female employees at Fox News, and their allegations against founder Roger Ailes. Charlize Theron stars as Megyn Kelly, while Margot Robbie plays Kayla Pospisil. John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Rob Delaney, Kate McKinnon, Allison Janney and more also appear in the movie.
“For Margo, Charlize and I, we wanted to be a part of a movement, and that film is a part of a movement,” Kidman told ET, also raving about Theron’s incredible transformation for her role.
“I walked on the set with Charlize and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?'” she recalled. “I was like, shocked. And that was in person, up close. I couldn’t believe it was her.”
Kidman was honored for her acting work at Tuesday’s event, which she said she hopes inspires other actresses to take risks with the roles they take.
“A lot of the things that I do are not massive commercial successes, so being recognized allows, I think, parts to be carved for other actresses,” she shared. “I always want to say that to actors and actresses — there’s so many possibilities. You just have to be ready and… willing and believe in yourself.”
This new film from Lionsgate looks fabulous! Nicole stars alongside actresses Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, & Allison Janey.
In theaters December 2019.
Based on the real scandal, BOMBSHELL is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.
“This version left the door open on something I thought was definitely closed.”
The second season of Big Little Lies might have ended very differently.
Poorna Jagannathan, who played Celeste’s lawyer, Katie Richmond, told Vanity Fair’s Still Watching podcast that the original script for the season 2 finale was very different from what we saw play out in the episode — and that the script she got included a character’s death.
“I read the script and I watched yesterday’s episode and I was like, ‘Oh my god there might be a season three!’” she said. “It’s not the script I got! One character doesn’t even make it. One character dies. It’s a different script. This version left the door open on something I thought was definitely closed.”
Richmond didn’t say which character was originally going to be killed off, but — spoiler alert — since the season included Bonnie’s (Zoë Kravitz) mother having visions about her drowning, it’s not unreasonable to think that she may have been the character who didn’t make it to the end of the season.
However, if Bonnie was meant to die, there are plenty of reasons why the show may have changed that around. For starters, it’d be a huge heartbreak for viewers, and secondly, Big Little Lies has been criticized for how it handles race, particularly the way the show fails to address Bonnie’s role as a Black woman — and killing off the only nonwhite member of the Monterey Five probably wouldn’t have sent a great message.
Of course, it’s also not a far stretch that Jagannathan might have been given a fake script to avoid having spoilers out in the open. HBO, after all, is known for going to drastic lengths to make sure that no plot details leak.
Despite Nicole Kidman’s enthusiasm for it, there’s no word on whether or not season 3 is happening, and as HBO president Casey Bloys previously said, it may not be likely, considering how busy all the main actresses are.
“I love this group of people — I would do anything with them,” Bloys told TVLine earlier this year. “But the reality is, they are some of the busiest actresses working in Hollywood…I just think it’s not realistic.”
Today HBO was at the Summer TCA Tour and talked about the possibility of a Season Three for Big Little Lies … thanks to EW.com for the report.
Big Little Lies season 2 may have ended on a massive cliffhanger, but fans shouldn’t hold their breath for a third season.
While HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, says “never say never” to the possibility of Big Little Lies season 3, he’s not optimistic about it actually happening.
“Having approached a possible season 2 skeptically, what became clear to us was there was more story to tell,” Bloys said at the summer edition of the Television Critics Assn. press tour Wednesday. “To me, there’s no obvious place to go, or no obvious story. That said, this group is extraordinary… so if they all came to me and said, ‘We have the greatest take,’ … I would certainly be open to it because I love working with all of them.”
He then followed up with, “Who knows? It certainly doesn’t feel like it [will happen], but I’m open.”
What Bloys did have more to say on was the behind-the-scenes controversy that’s been brewing over the past few weeks, after reports surfaced suggesting that season 2 director Andrea Arnold had creative control ripped away from her and given to season 1 director and showrunner Jean-Marc Vallée.
“There’s a lot of misinformation around that subject,” Bloys said. “First, what we said is absolutely true that there wouldn’t be a second season of Big Little Lies without Andrea. We’re indebted to her. I think she did a beautiful job. She got extraordinary performances out of this cast. But as anybody who works in television knows, the director typically does not have final creative control. So the idea that creative control was taken from the director, it’s just a false premise.”
Bloys went on to say that “typically what happens in TV is that the director turns in director’s cuts, and the showrunner and producing team use that to hone it, to hone the episodes.”
“That’s what happened here,” he continued. “The other thing that I would clarify is I think there was some misinformation that Jean-Marc somehow unilaterally decided to come in and take over the process. Andrea did director’s cuts for all seven of her episodes and handed them in to the showrunner and producing team. David [E. Kelley] and the entire producing team, Reese [Witherspoon] and Nicole [Kidman]… all asked Jean-Marc to help come in and hone the episodes, which is not unusual, as Jean-Marc is an executive producer and director of the first season.”
The entire process was “business as usual,” Bloys said. “I’d be hard-pressed to point to any show that airs a director’s cut as its episode. That is the case here.”
British filmmaker Arnold was hired as the director for all seven episodes of Big Little Lies season 2, and according to an Indiewire report was given “free rein” to bring her own style to the series. But late into production, Vallée was reportedly called in to “unify” the vision for both seasons, erasing the work Arnold brought to season 2 episodes. According to Bloys, however, the vision for season 2 was never supposed to be different from that of season 1.
“We were clear with Andrea, as were the producers, that coming in, no one was looking to throw out the baby out with the bathwater,” Bloys said. “We didn’t want to reinvent the show. It’s always a challenge for a director coming in of… expressing yourself and staying true to the framework that was established.”
When Arnold turned in her director’s cuts, Vallée was called in to “shape” them into the final product that aired. And according to Bloys, Vallée is “very particular about who he works with and how he works with them.”
“Jean-Marc was not given carte blanche,” Bloys added. “He had a vision. Andrea was never promised that she would have free rein. We were clear, and she understood that we were not looking to have someone come in and completely redo things.”
Bloys also said Arnold knew from the beginning of the process that Vallée would be coming in to edit after production wrapped.
Sunday was the season finale for Big Little Lies season 2. I have added captures to the gallery. Hard to believe the season is over!
Big Little Lies fans are itching for a third season of the Emmy-winning HBO show, but there is a tall order involved for a renewal to happen.
Cast member Nicole Kidman weighed in on the matter in a recent interview with News Corp Australia, posted on Saturday, a day before the season two finale.
“I think we would love to do a season three because there is certainly ideas,” she said. “But we would not do it without all of the same people involved…even the kids.”
Fans were thrilled and somewhat surprised to even get a second season for HBO’s female-driven, A-list cast ensemble limited drama series, which also stars returning actresses Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz, plus Meryl Streep as newcomer Mary Louise, Kidman’s character’s conniving mother-in-law. The primary stars are among the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, and are always busy with projects.
Show creator David E. Kelly told E! News in June, “We wrote season two as if this were the end.”
At the Television Critics Association press tour in February, Kelly said there was “no such plan now” for a season three, adding, “I think that it’s one and two, and we like where our closure is at the end of season two, so that will probably be it,” according to Harper’s Bazaar.
“That’s what you said last time,” Kidman told Kelley, while Witherspoon added: “That is. You sat here and said that last time, David.”Continue Reading
The actress opens up about the best red carpet gown she’s ever worn.
No dress has ever changed my life. Marrying my husband, Keith [Urban], having children—those things changed my life. Nevertheless, the fairy-tale aspect of wearing couture is a glorious sidebar to my career. Golly, it is still lovely to me. I always say, “I’m going to the ball,” when I’m walking a red carpet because it really does have that Cinderella quality.
When you’re nominated for an award, you’re very emotionally invested. But last year after the Emmys and the Golden Globes [at each of which Kidman took home an award for best actress, for Big Little Lies], going to the Oscars as a presenter was just plain fun. I wore an Armani Privé dress, and I have to say they really take care of the details, like how to make a giant bow sit. Because remember, you have to be able to sit in the dress for four hours! Strangely enough, despite the boning on the corset top, this dress was unbelievably comfortable.
We fit it at my home in Nashville before flying to Los Angeles, and it took only two fittings because the team knows my body so well. I’m five foot 10½—I’m very proud of the half because I don’t want to be five foot 11—so structurally there are certain things that suit my frame, you know? Doing a fitting reminds me a bit of being a little girl in Sydney. My mother would sew all of my dresses, and she would stand me up on the table or on a chair to make sure the hem was just so.
The perfect finishing touch to my Oscars look was a platinum- and-diamond Omega watch from 1953. I like to wear their vintage timepieces on the red carpet because they’re so delicate and exquisitely made. Often the face is masked, so it looks like a beautiful piece of fine jewelry.
Keith had to work the night of the Oscars, so I decided to get ready at a hotel close to the Dolby Theatre. Somehow I still managed to be late to the red carpet because we got stuck in traffic. I passed one of those Hollywood tour buses, so I rolled down my window to say hi. I love moments where you can break down that whole barrier and just meet people. There’s something amazing about awards shows. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge other actors’ craft and go up and say, “Oh, my gosh, I saw your film, and I loved it.” Many times you would never cross paths otherwise. I still get starstruck when I see people like Jane Fonda or Clint Eastwood— all of these amazing women and men who have paved the way.
I rarely go out afterward. I’d rather get home to see my kids. I take everything off, and I fold the dress and am very protective of it because obviously it’s art. Just like with Cinderella, everything needs to be returned to its maker! Then I run a hot bath. When I go to bed, I wonder, “Was that a dream?” For the little girl who used to scour flea markets with her mother, the joy of having access to this kind of beauty will never fade for me.
—As Told To Alison S. Cohn
Captures from last night’s episode of Big Little Lies.