It’s Sunday – her supposed “day off” – yet after today’s shoot, Kidman has a slew of Zoom meetings for her production company, Blossom Films, followed by a one-hour session with her dialect coach (“I’m playing a Russian who spent time in America and Britain, so try nailing that accent!”). In-between all that “work stuff”, she’ll eke out time to collect her two youngest kids, 12-year-old Sunday and nine-year-old Faith, from her sister Antonia’s place. The juggle is real, even when you’re a Hollywood powerhouse with about 60 hit film and TV productions to your name. “She’s the hardest working person in the business,” says long-standing friend and Big Little Lies producer Bruna Papandrea. “Her talent is immense, but it’s her work ethic that’s truly astounding. She’ll work tirelessly not just to get it done, but to get it right.”
It’s been two months since the multi-award-winning actor/producer relocated to Australia with her husband, country music star Keith Urban, and their two daughters after the pandemic forced production of Nine Perfect Strangers to shift from LA to idyllic Byron Bay. It was a mammoth logistical task to move cast and crew, something Kidman was involved in as producer: “I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights, there’s been a lot of stress this year, but we’re making it work with protocols and limitations. I still can’t believe we did it!” But more on that later. Today we’re chatting about her latest project, The Undoing, an HBO psychological thriller in which Kidman plays New York therapist Grace Fraser who discovers her picture-perfect marriage isn’t what it seems. Warning: this six-part nail-biter, written by David E Kelley of Big Little Lies fame, requires binge viewing. (The sadists at Foxtel only sent five episodes, so I have an excruciating wait for the finale.) “I want it to be a date-night series – couples to settle on the couch with pizza and devour it,” says Kidman, who also sings the opening credits.
Here, she opens up about working during COVID, her “simple life” with Urban and the kids, and her passion for championing female creatives.