PASADENA – Nicole Kidman is one of many Hollywood actresses who epitomizes longevity.
The 52-year-old performer is set to star in the limited series “The Undoing,” based on the novel “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
The “Big Little Lies” star opened up to reporters on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif., about what she’s happy at this stage in her career, seeing as though she has seemingly done it all.
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“Just being able to have good choices. I went through a huge time when I didn’t have good choices,” Kidman explained following the series panel for “The Undoing.”
“So many actors don’t have choices, to even have a choice is an extraordinary opportunity,” she continued. “[…] I went to [executive producer and director] Susanne [Bier] with the series and said, ‘Do you want to do this?'”
“She was the only director we went to and she said yes. And that is just a wonderful thing,” Kidman said.
Along with acting, Kidman has also been growing her resume behind the camera as an executive producer and director on a number of projects.
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“To then take ‘The Expatriates’ to Hulu and go, ‘Do you want to do this?’ And [you get a] ‘Yes.’ […] It’s just a wonderful thing as an actor, and particularly a woman who’s the age that I am, being able to have a say — as I’ve always said — and not having somebody else choose for me,” she added.
For Kidman — who, according to her IMDb page, currently has 17 projects in development — the challenge of harmonizing her work and personal life is a balancing act that requires planning. When asked how she manages to do it all, Kidman said she took some much needed time off.
“Oh, I took five months off. […] I actually was off as soon as […] I finished this in June and I didn’t go back to [work] […] I only started filming again with Ryan [Murphy] right now on ‘The Prom.’ So I’ve actually had quite a long break. It doesn’t seem like it. But I did,” she said. “Thank you.”
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Last week, Deadline reported that Melissa McCarthy would be joining Kidman in Hulu’s limited series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” based on “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty’s latest novel. McCarthy is set to also executive produce the project alongside the usual suspects behind “BLS,” David E. Kelly, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Kidman’s own production arm, Blossom Films.
“The Undoing” is slated to premiere in the spring as a six-part limited series on HBO and also stars Hugh Grant and Norma Dumezweni.