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Entertainment EW's The Awardist podcast: Big Little Lies star Nicole Kidman wants to play Celeste 'for the rest of my life'

16:36  30 june  2020
16:36  30 june  2020 Source:   ew.com

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There were a lot of talked-about scenes in Big Little Lies season 2, but perhaps none caused more of a fan frenzy than the moment Celeste (Nicole Kidman) walloped her meddling mother-in-law, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep), during a pumpkin-carving party. This week on EW's The Awardist podcast, Kidman recalls how terrified she was to (fake) slap her revered costar ("the delicacy of Meryl's face!") — and how her own mother helped her prepare. ("She loved it!")

a person sitting next to a laptop: The Emmy and Oscar-winning actress talks to EW's The Awardist about how she prepared to slap Meryl Streep, whether Big Little Lies will have a season 3, and her upcoming HBO series The Undoing. © Jennifer Clasen/HBO The Emmy and Oscar-winning actress talks to EW's The Awardist about how she prepared to slap Meryl Streep, whether Big Little Lies will have a season 3, and her upcoming HBO series The Undoing.

Kidman, who took home an Emmy for her performance in Big Little Lies season 1, also talks about filming those incredibly intense season two courtroom scene, as Celeste desperately fought to keep her children out of Mary Louise's custody. "We did it almost like theater, where we would do huge long takes," she says. "That was fantastic as an actor because it really just becomes real."

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‘ Big Little Lies ’: How Nicole Kidman Sealed The Deal To Make The HBO Series & Kept The Sex “It’ s because people always want to make the best of a situation, and look to the good facets that Celeste is one of Kidman ’ s most sexually raw performances since Stanley Kubrick’ s Eyes Wide Shut

As he tells EW ’ s The Awardist podcast , “I never really read [the script] because I just thought, ‘Darling, I don’t do television. Grant recently wrapped his second TV project, The Undoing, an HBO thriller costarring Big Little Lies ’ Nicole Kidman . Though the actor is hesitant to describe the project — “it

To hear more from Kidman — including why she'd love to play Celeste "for the rest of my life" — listen to the full interview below. (The conversation starts at 12:13.)

Also in this episode, we break down the crowded race for Outstanding Drama Series — now that Game of Thrones is out of the running, do Succession and Big Little Lies have a shot? Or will it finally be Better Call Saul's year? And speaking of Saul, this week we also talk to star Bob Odenkirk, who says shooting his character's desert ordeal was "the hardest thing physically I’ve ever done as a performer."

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