Without a doubt, 2020 has been the year of wellness and self-care becoming obligatory, if it wasn’t already. We have spent more time being conscientious about using vitamin C and zinc supplements than seeking out a new lipstick or concealer. Talk therapy, meditation, and other self-care practices have taken precedence to help us become our healthiest possible selves. And as far as wellness routines go, we can’t think of anyone else’s routine we’d rather be privy to than Nicole Kidman’s. The film icon, who became the subject of the internet’s obsession for her role in the HBO miniseries The Undoing this fall, spoke with W about her current wellness regimen—as well as her new venture with Sera Labs by Seratopical’s anti-aging CBD skincare line. Kidman will not just be serving as the typical brand ambassador. She’ll be a strategic partner, working side by side with experts to develop new products to meet the beauty and wellness needs of women across the globe. Below, she details her new beauty alliance as well as some insight into the practices and routines that have been ideal for her during the past few months.
What is your approach to wellness these days? What does your typical morning routine consist of?
Depending on where I am, each morning can look a little different, but there are definitely a few key staples to my routine. To get myself energized for the day I start with a workout, usually a run. Then I’ll take a long hot shower, apply my Seratopical skincare routine and moisturize my body. Then I’ll wake up the kids and we’ll have breakfast together—I always drink tons of water and a bone-dry cappuccino to start off the day. This is all before I even turn on my phone. Whether I am due to be on set or enjoying a restful day at home with my family, I like to start my day with this ritual.
What made you decide to align yourself with this company in particular?
The brand is passionate about fostering women leaders within the company, and there’s also the science factor—SeraLabs works tirelessly to develop their products with the highest-quality ingredients, which have fantastic benefits like anti-aging. Most importantly, I saw there was a gap in the beauty market where this could be beneficial to a lot of people.
Are there certain daily supplements that you’ve always been loyal to?
I take Swisse vitamin C effervescent tablets daily, as well as a vitamin D supplement. I try to drink matcha green tea quite regularly, and some days I make it in latte form, with frothed almond milk which is something that I love.
In terms of Eastern medicinal practices for wellness, are you a fan of acupuncture?
Absolutely. I love acupuncture—it’s something I’ve been doing since I was about 17 years old.
Sleep and winding down at the end of the day is important in general, but especially as of late. How do you unwind at the end of the day and get into a proper sleep rhythm?
A hot bath—I love a taking one with a hot cup of tea next to me. I’ve now become a huge fan of drinking [Celestial brand] Sleepytime tea, and sometimes I take Swisse Collagen Sleep Powder, which can be a really lovely to get ready for a good night’s rest.
I also try to dim the lights in the house before starting my bedtime routine, which has proven to be pretty effective.
You’ve had access over the years to renowned hair and makeup experts. If you could pick one beauty lesson have you learned from them, what would it be?
A staple in my makeup routine is to immediately curl the lashes—it instantly makes my eyes wake up. I’ve also loved using a massage gun while in the makeup chair on set, and a little scalp massage to awaken the head and face muscles.
You consistently pick projects that are fascinating, moving, and always artistic. The staff at W collectively became obsessed with The Undoing, like the rest of the internet. Did you know while you were shooting that the series would be such a phenomenon?
Our hope was that viewers would join the Frasers on this crazy ride, but it has truly exceeded our expectations. When I read the first two scripts that David Kelley sent over, I was immediately invested in the story and I am so happy audiences felt the same way. The energy surrounding the finale was truly unlike anything I have been a part of before.
SAG-AFTRA Foundation shares this Conversations at Home with the cast of the Prom.
A special After-Party conversation with director Ryan Murphy, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Jo Ellen Pellman, Ariana DeBose, Kevin Chamberlin, and Kerry Washington.
Releasing on Netflix on Friday, December 11, The Prom tells the story of New York City stage stars Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden), who have a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
Directed by Ryan Murphy and also starring Tracey Ullman, Kevin Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place, Nico Greetham Logan Riley, Nathaniel J. Potvin and Sofia Deler, The Prom is the spectacular, big-hearted film adaptation of Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin and Matthew Sklar’s award-winning, Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Screenplay by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin; the film is produced by Ryan Murphy, Alexis Martin Woodall, Adam Anders, Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke.
I love Melissa McCarthy and so when I just came along this interview where she talks about Nicole and their new series Nine Perfect Strangers, I had to share it!
Melissa McCarthy talks about filming a series in Australia with Nicole Kidman and Michael Shannon, her upcoming movie Superintelligence and the social initiative the film inspired called 20 Days of Kindness.
Go behind the scenes of The Prom, a show-stopping musical, with Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Cordan, Kerry Washington, and the rest of the all star cast.
Did you get to watch The Prom on Netflix this weekend? Such a fun, bright, colorful, and touching film. AND NICOLE WAS FANTASTIC! Love her in this role! I have added a bunch of new images to the gallery from the show including everything from set, production stills, and captures. A giant thank you to Frederik from Simply Streep for the Making of The Film captures!
ON THE SET
THE MAKING OF THE PROM
– Nicole Kidman Online > Films > 2020 | The Prom
Here are captures from the final two episodes of The Undoing.
The Prom follows Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden) who are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
Directed by Ryan Murphy, The Prom is the spectacular, big-hearted film adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Screenplay by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin.
Nicole is featured on the cover of Glamour UK.
She was The Sparkling Diamond in Moulin Rouge! and shone a light on domestic violence in Big Little Lies, but as Nicole Kidman stars in Sky Atlantic mega hit The Undoing, Josh Smith meets an icon who, during her 30 years in Hollywood – and beyond – has had to overcome plenty of her own professional and personal hurdles…
It’s 2.32am on a Monday morning and unsurprisingly, I am half-asleep when the phone rings. “Hello Josh, it’s Nicole and yes, you are dreaming,” the voice says. It takes me a few seconds to really register this – but yes, NICOLE FRICKING KIDMAN is calling me in her soothing Ozzie accent. I can hear my teenage, Moulin Rouge!-obsessed self screeching the words to the Elephant Love Medley in excitement.
It’s not every day your very early alarm clock is an interview with an Oscar-winning actress whose career has spanned three entire decades, (basically my whole life) after breaking through in the 1980s at 22-years-old with the TV show Bangkok Hilton and the movie Dead Calm. Nicole has since nailed every single genre going, from musicals, namely the aforementioned Moulin Rouge!, to superheroes films Aquaman and Batman Returns, and deep dramas including The Hours, Lion and Bombshell, to TV hits Big Little Lies and most recently, The Undoing (more on that later). In further proof that the 53-year-old has literally done it ALL, Nicole has even featured on her own No.1 single, Somethin’ Stupid opposite Robbie Williams – and it’s still a bop. Lest we forget.
For all the awards and blockbusters, it hasn’t always been glittering success. In 2010 Nicole took her career into her own hands by launching her production company Blossom Films, starting with her Oscar-nominated role as a grieving mother in Rabbit Hole and going on to collaborate with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine with Big Little Lies where she played Celeste, a mother tormented mentally and physically by her abusive husband.
“I was not getting to play the things that I was being offered a decade prior,” Nicole says, candidly. Speaking from her film trailer in Australia, where she’s starring in and producing her latest TV show Nine Perfect Strangers – about a group of stressed city dwellers who descend on an island paradise to bask in the glow of Nicole’s Russian wellness guru. She continues, “I knew there were great stories out there for women, but they weren’t being funded and everyone kept saying, ‘There’s no interest… they are going to flop’ or ‘The only thing you can do is romantic comedies,’ or ‘You can go into theatre?’
“So, I went and did Photograph 51 (in London’s West End in 2015) thinking, theatre is the way you go now, and I can go and explore Rosalind Franklin, this scientist whose life was never celebrated for what she contributed to society and to the world.
At this stage in her life, how liberating has it been to take control of her own career? “Honestly it’s been a surprise, because as much as you think, it would be amazing to have some sort of control over my destiny as an actor, the actual reality of it happening is so far-fetched. Especially where I was at, before Big Little Lies, people always said, ‘Oh, well, you make about four or five good things and then usually it’s over.’”
Sexism has naturally had a part to play in the script of Nicole’s life. For someone who was integral to the#MeToo and #TimesUp movements, encouraging Hollywood to wear black to the Golden Globes in 2018 in a protest against its inequalities and abuses, I wonder: from that moment when she zipped up that black Givenchy dress, how far do she think we have come? “Oh, my gosh,” Nicole exhales. “I think it’s still work in progress, but I’ve worked with some of the greatest. When you watch Meryl Streep’s career – she’s become a very good friend of mine – and what she’s managed to do… I really use her as a beacon as she’s always saying there’s still so much work to be done. And there is.
“I think there’s a lot more safety,” she goes on. “I read an interview recently about the way they made Normal People. There’s a lot of sexuality in that show, but both actors felt very safe and they were able to still do these really intimate things. That’s amazing, but is there still an incredible disparity? Yes. Are we all working to change it? I hope so and we’ll continue to. I hope the generations to come look back and go, ‘Wow. That was good work.’”
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New stills for the last two episodes of The Undoing Season One.
– Nicole Kidman Online > Television > 2020 | The Undoing > Season One > Episode Stills > 01×05 | Trial By Fury
– Nicole Kidman Online > Television > 2020 | The Undoing > Season One > Episode Stills > 01×06 | The Bloody Truth
Executive Producer David E. Kelley answers some of the fans unanswered questions related to the Undoing with TVLine’s Michael Ausiello!
The following story contains massive spoilers from all six episodes of The Undoing — proceed at your own peril
Sunday’s series finale of HBO’s The Undoing (read recap here) solved the big “Who killed Elena?” mystery, but we still have so many unanswered questions about the six-episode thriller. And since there is little chance of the limited series returning for a second season, we rang up exec producer David E. Kelley and kindly, gently sought closure on a myriad of topics, including Grace’s perplexing “flashbacks,” Franklin’s mysterious $500K loan to Jonathan and Haley’s killer courtroom declaration.
TVLINE | Were you tempted at all to deviate from the source material and have someone other than Jonathan turn out to be the killer?
No. It was always Jonathan, right from the beginning. We never wavered on that.
TVLINE | Before he killed Elena, Jonathan lied to Grace about needing to go to an out-of-town medical conference. Should we interpret that to mean the murder was pre-meditated? And, if not, why did Jonathan manufacture this business trip?
[Laughs] I am not going to answer that for fear of spoiling part of the fun of people rewatching [the series] and asking the very question you are asking. I’m going to plead the fifth on that one. But it’s a good question.
TVLINE | Fleeting flashbacks to the crime scene were woven throughout all six episodes, and they typically appeared to be from Grace’s point of view. But now we know they couldn’t have been, since she was never there. Was she just imagining what the crime scene might’ve looked like?
Correct. We played with that point-of-view construct, that they could be accurate memories or they could be her imagination. And they were the latter.
TVLINE | I was surprised the Elena-Grace kiss from the first episode never came up during the murder investigation or subsequent trial, especially since the elevator probably had a camera. Did you ever consider having that come out?
Yes, we did, actually. We did. It was a private home, so there wasn’t a camera. But there were a couple of scripts early on where Grace admitted to Haley that Elena had kissed her. We [ultimately] didn’t keep that in the script [because] we felt it took us more sideways and didn’t advance the defense. But it was a plot point that we kicked around for a bit, whether that should come back to incriminate Grace more than the footage of her walking by the crime scene.
TVLINE | There was a lot of fan speculation about Sylvia. Some theorized that she was the killer, others wondered if she was the other woman Jonathan had an affair with. Were either things ever considered?
No. In designing the episodes, we were inviting people to play with their biases and their curiosity and their version of the truth. There were scenes with Sylvia that were deliberately cryptic, but it was never part of the master plan to have her be part of the crime. I’m not on social media, but I was hearing that some people speculated that Franklin was having a relationship with her or Jonathan was having a relationship with her. And when I go back and look at the episodes I make room for the possibility that people might fill in some of those blanks and arrive at those conclusions. But it was never part of the plot. [Read what Hugh Grant had to say about the identity of the mysterious second woman in Jonathan’s life.]
TVLINE | One of our readers suggested that perhaps Sylvia was Jonathan’s dead younger sister…
[Laughs] I think we’ll write the sequel by committee if we do one. There were a lot of ingenious ideas that spring up.
TVLINE | Before they learn that Henry put the sculpting hammer through the dishwasher, Jonathan brings up that the murder weapon might actually exonerate him. Knowing what we know now, why on earth would he suggest that?
Because he’s pathological. He even suggested to Grace that Henry could be the killer. This was a serious poker player here. On one hand, it looks like he could be on an innocent fishing expedition to get out information, when in fact he’s manipulating his audience and trying to influence their behavior.
TVLINE | What did Jonathan do with the $500K loan he got from Franklin?
Oh, now you’re gonna tax my old memory. [Laughs] I don’t think we accounted for all of it. He was paying for Miguel’s scholarship at Reardon. And he was probably paying for trips with Elena. He might’ve even donated a few dollars to a worthy cause, because that’s Jonathan.
TVLINE | When did Haley become aware that Jonathan was, in fact, guilty? I was thrown when, in the finale, she chided him for not doing a better job of getting rid of the murder weapon.
Haley probably figured he was guilty right from the get-go. But the question [of his guilt or innocence] is irrelevant to her. It’s about burden of truth and whether she can create reasonable doubt or not. She looks at all of the evidence that is available to her, and she plays her hand accordingly. Haley would’ve been zealously representing Jonathan, guilty or innocent.
TVLINE | You jokingly mentioned doing a sequel by committee. Do you see any dramatic potential in a Season 2? Or are you satisfied with this being the end of the story?
I think we’re satisfied. We’re happy with the way it ended. I said there wouldn’t be [a second season of] Big Little Lies, so I won’t say that now. I learned my lesson. But that is not our intent.