Nicole Kidman Speaks Out About ‘Painful’ Experience Not Being Able to Have Her Kids on Set of New Show

by Josh Lanier

Nicole Kidman is opening up in a rare interview about her children. Notably, that she had to leave her 10 and 13-year-old daughter at home to film a new miniseries.

The Being the Ricardos star said not having her children on set while she filmed her new Hulu miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers was painful. Producers banned non-essential personnel from filming over COVID-19 protocols.

Nicole Kidman told Radio Times that not having her two youngest daughters, which she shared with husband Keith Urban, there was “painful.”

“You just couldn’t bring children to set with all of the protocols in place, but I usually have them with me a lot,” she said. “They watch the filming and they are sometimes in the show, but there have been strict rules during the pandemic and it didn’t happen. That’s been one of the most painful parts of the work recently.”

Kidman had a lot of success with television miniseries. HBO’s Big Little Lies and The Undoing were both critical darlings and drew big ratings. Hulu hopes she can lift its latest attempt to capitalize on the success of the miniseries. In Nine Perfect Strangers, Kidman plays health and wellness guru Masha at a strange spa. It’s adapted from a Liane Moriarty novel and created by David E. Kelley, just as Big Littles Lies was.

Kidman said she took her performance a little too seriously, she said, according to the Daily Mail.

“I’d only respond as Masha,” she said. “I wanted a very calm healing energy to emanate all the time 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.”

Nicole Kidman Shares a Peek of Her as Lucille Ball

Nicole Kidman also recently shared a short-haired look for her turn as Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos.

She shared a photo on Instagram featuring her rocking the famous comedian’s red locks.

Much of the initial backlash of producers choosing Nicole Kidman to play the role has died away as more looks at the Aussie actor as Ball are released. Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, also gave her stamp of approval for Kidman.

Fans of I Love Lucy also shouldn’t go into Being the Ricardos thinking they’re going to recreate the groundbreaking sitcom. This is an intimate look at the lives and crumbling marriage of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as the show’s future hangs in the balance.

“The film takes place during a production week of I Love Lucy…,” Sorkin told Entertainment Tonight. “A Monday table read to Friday audience taping, with a whole bunch of long flashbacks which are telling the story that got us here. … And because there’s a table read, there’s rehearsals and then there’s tape night. … We do see moments of them being Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.”

Producers haven’t given a release date for the film as of yet, but it’s expected to stream on Prime when it is released.