Nicole Kidman’s Work in Domestic Violence Scenes Caused Her to Explain Bruises to Her Children

by Taylor Cunningham
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In HBO’s series, Big Little Lies, Nicole Kidman played a woman embroiled in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship. Filming the show’s violent scenes often left bruises on the Emmy award-winning actress. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Kidman explained how those marks affected her and her family.

In her interview, Kidman explained that she doesn’t always consider the toll playing certain characters will take on her because she’s an artist, and it’s part of her job. But sometimes, her work can affect her daughters, Faith and Sunday, and her husband, Keith Urban.

“And that’s probably just a massive push-pull in any person who’s a painter, a writer, you know? If you’re really dedicated to it over a lifetime, that push-pull will collide with your existence and your connections with your family and all the people in your life,” she told the publication. “How much will that cost them? How much will it cost you personally? And how important is that artistic contribution?”

Nicole Kidman came home from the set of Big Little Lies covered in bruises, and she’d find herself explaining her injuries to her daughters. And Keith Urban also had to find his own way of dealing with the situation. Watching his wife suffer through her part of Celeste Wright was disturbing for him. But the Nine Perfect Strangers star explained that Urban understands her connection to her roles. Furthermore, he endlessly supports her.

“I didn’t realize how much of it penetrated me. I would go home at night sometimes and be in a lot of pain, and I had to take things like Advil because I was being thrown around physically,” she said. Kidman explained that she was often horribly bruised. “At one point, Keith was like, ‘I’m going to take a photo of your back because it’s covered in deep, massive bruises.’ He was devastated seeing it, but then he would say, ‘But I have an artist wife!'”

How Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Work Through Issues

As celebrities, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have to deal with extra stress on their marriage. Constant travel, celebrity gossip, and unending fame can add a level of pressure that breaks apart many Hollywood couples.

But Kidman and her husband deal with their unique relationship with love and openness. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the starlet opened up about her bond and commitment with her Urban.

“We’re always working through stuff,” Nicole Kidman said. “But it’s very much love-based, so there’s an enormous amount of give and take. I want him to have the best life he can have, and he responds the same way. We really love parenting together.”

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