Nicole is featured on the cover of the new issue of The Edit. She talks about her new project Big Little Lies and shares about working with Zoe Kravitz. Zoe & Laura talk about their impressions of working with Nicole.
She’s laughing, but despite a career spanning more than three decades, Kidman admits that she hasn’t become immune to criticism, of her wardrobe or her work. “I’m not a fan of ‘Worst Dressed’ things because I don’t believe in crucifying people for their individual [taste]. It just seems nasty and misogynistic, so that needs to go away. I have worked with directors who are divisive, so I’m used to [criticism], and as my husband says, ‘You don’t want to have a thick skin; that’s not a compliment,’” she says, shrugging, signaling her acceptance of an unwinnable situation. “Oh well, sticks and stones can break your bones, but names will never hurt you, right?”
Luckily – although luck is undoubtedly the wrong word for it – the 49-year-old’s career has been more weighed down with praise than detraction, and after a blockbuster start she is now considered one of the great modern character actresses. “I’m dedicated to being the chameleon,” she explains. “Since I was little I was taught that when you are an actress you change the way you look and talk and move so that you create the character. That’s what I love doing; small role, big role, it doesn’t matter.”
Such total immersion can have its downsides, though. In HBO’s much-anticipated Big Little Lies, premiering February 19, Kidman (who executive produces the show alongside Reese Witherspoon) plays Celeste, an ex-lawyer-turned-suburban-wife and mother whose perfect-looking marriage to Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) belies a volatile relationship. “I was quite traumatized after [filming] because we would shoot [the violent scenes] repeatedly,” says the actress. “I was emotionally and physically traumatized. I’d come back and I’d need Keith to hold me, just to feel soothed.”