Nicole Kidman admitted that she stayed in the role of Masha, director of the wellness center for five months, on the set of the limited drama series Hulu. Nine complete strangers.
During a TCA panel, she joked that she was “crazy about shit,” repeating a line from her character on the show, which is based on Liane Moriarty’s book.
“I would only respond as Masha,” she said. “I wanted a very calm healing energy to emerge all the time, so I remember going to people and sort of putting my hand on their heart, holding their hand, they were talking to me or using my name. Nicole when I ignored them completely. . “
“The only way I could actually relate to people was this way because I felt like otherwise I would be doing a performance and I didn’t want to feel that way,” she added.
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Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-presented by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers takes place in a health and wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers attempt to embark on a path to a better lifestyle. Resort manager Masha (played by Kidman) watches over them during this 10-day retreat, a woman on a mission to invigorate their tired mind and body. However, these nine “perfect” strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.
Kidman added that the show is “trippy” and “crazy”. “When people say define what it is, we still can’t, I mean I challenge you to ask any of us, what kind it is, we don’t. have no idea, ”she said.
Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, who plays Francis, were asked about their television work even though they both had major film careers.
Kidman said she only worked on US television with one director heading the entire project – in this case Jonathan Levine is running the entire series, and singled out Krzysztof Kieślowski with his Polish miniseries. Dekalog and the Swedish miniseries by Ingmar Bergman Scenes from a wedding.
“I see it as an extension of the film, it’s just a longer version. I haven’t really done a series where different directors come in and do different episodes, so to me it feels more like a long cinematic storytelling. At the same time, I started in Australia, making mini-series which are the equivalent of limited series… so I have always been a part of it. I just think now it’s such a fantastic landscape because you have these writers and directors who are ready to work in this territory, ”she said.
McCarthy, who went on to star on the CBS sitcom Mike and Molly despite the success of Bridesmaids, added, “When you can play a character for longer you don’t have to take everything out, you can really get a long launch pad to change. You can go from A to Z when you have three years of broadcasting, you mean you couldn’t, you couldn’t quite compact the same way in a movie. It’s just the luxury of having more time to tell this story, and showing real change is exciting for me.
During the panel session, the cast, which also includes Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Bobby Cannavale, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving, Melvin Gregg, Asher Keddie, Grace Van Patten, Tiffany Boone and Manny Jacinto, joked about the fact to work in Australia with a plethora of bull ants and koalas with chlamydia.
Nine Perfect Strangers comes from Made Up Stories by Bruna Papandrea, Kidman’s Blossom Films and Endeavor Content.