Nicole revealed a the Television Association Critics panel last Friday how she would stop responding to people who called her by her name.
“I’d only respond as Masha,” she said.
“I wanted a very calm healing energy to emanate all the time,” she explained. “So I remember going over to people and sort of putting my hand on their heart, holding their hand, they would talk to me or use my name, Nicole, when I would completely ignore them.”
Kidman admitted to staying in character for that amount of time was vital to portraying Masha as entirely authentic, revealing that method acting was “the only way [she] could actually relate to people.”
“I felt like otherwise I would be doing a performance and I didn’t want to feel that way,” she added.
Nine Perfect Strangers is an adaptation of a 2018 novel of the same name, written by Liane Moriarty who is also the author of Big Little Lies.
Similar to the book, the limited series will follow the experiences of nine individuals as they take on an emotional 10-day wellness journey led by Nicole’s character, Masha.
When asked to describe the show at the TCA panel, Kidman admitted that both she and her castmates had a tough time pinning down its genre.
“When people say define what it is, we still can’t,” she said. “I mean I dare you to ask any of us what genre this is. We have no idea.”
But it should be noted that this is not the first time Kidman has fully enveloped by her acting roles.Just last year, she spoke on getting into character as a therapist for The Undoing, revealing that the process took a hit to her mental health.
“I went down for a week because your immune system doesn’t know the difference between acting and truth when you’re doing them,” she said at the time.
“It kind of happened where I was suddenly in this place of…there was sort of a disquietedness to my personality, where I was uneasy and there was duress on who I was,” she added.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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