Actress Nicole Kidman shed some light on how actors’ spouses deal with seeing their significant other in a steamy (sometimes explicit) scene on screen.
Speaking with News.com.au, Nicole Kidman praised her husband, country star Keith Urban, for watching every episode of the critically-acclaimed HBO show “Big Little Lies” without fast-forwarding through the graphic sex scenes. For those unfamiliar with Season 1 of the show, Kidman plays an upper-class woman named Celeste whose husband (Alexander Skarsgard) physically and mentally abuses her as a disturbing form of sexual foreplay. By first abusing his wife before segueing into hardcore sex, the unsettling scenes show how a woman can be manipulated into somehow seeing herself as an active participant in domestic violence. As the season unfolds, her character comes to realize the extent of her husband’s pathology and how it has psychologically paralyzed her.
Kidman says that Urban was “unbelievably supportive” and “incredibly patient” because he watched the scenes unfiltered.
“He’s unbelievably supportive and watches all the episodes and cheers on from the sidelines which, I have to say, if I didn’t have that I wouldn’t be able to do it, I seriously wouldn’t,” she told the outlet at the New York premiere of Season 2, according to Fox News.
Kidman later told Fox News at the premiere that Urban is “the most extraordinary partner in life.”
“I will always say that about him. I’m one of the very fortunate women in the world to have had a wonderful father, and I have a wonderful husband, and I’m just very — I love to be able to say that, because to talk about the good men that have influenced me and affected me,” the 51-year-old actress told the outlet.
The “Moulin Rouge” star made headlines in recent months when she admitted that her Hollywood friends often tease her for taking her children to church and teaching them the value of prayer.
“A lot of my friends tease me,” Kidman told Vanity Fair. “That’s how we are raising our children. Keith has his own beliefs but he comes, too. I had a very Catholic grandmother, and I was raised praying, so that had a massive impact.”
Kidman simultaneously rejected imposing an “absolutism” on her children, encouraging them to ask questions about faith. “I wouldn’t say it’s absolutism, there’s constant questioning — I’m a willful, feisty girl,” she told Vanity Fair. “For me it’s very important that I don’t have judgment. My dad would always say, ‘Tolerance is the most important thing.'”
In the same interview with Vanity Fair, Kidman revealed how she and her husband set important boundaries for their two children.
“They don’t have a phone and I don’t allow them to have an Instagram,” Kidman told the outlet. “You can’t really get kids into anything, I’ve realized. You can push them a bit, but motivation is a really hard thing. I mean, nobody motivated me to be an actor; if anything they tried to deter me.”
In 2016, following the election of President Donald Trump, Nicole Kidman said that the country should support him as opposed to hating him.
“[Trump is] now elected and we, as a country, need to support whoever is the president,” she told U.K. television host Victoria Derbyshire at the time. “That is what the country is based on. And however that happened, it happened, and let’s go.”