Big lit­tle sur­prise

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Tv - By YVONNE VIL­LAR­REAL

NI­COLE Kid­man (pic) is no stranger to the ex­cite­ment of nom­i­na­tion morn­ing. The iconic Aus­tralian ac­tress is a four-time Os­car nom­i­nee, win­ning for her stir­ring de­pic­tion of Vir­ginia Woolf in 2002’s The Hours.

But it was her work on the small screen in HBO’s Big Lit­tle Lies that earned Kid­man her sec­ond Emmy nom­i­na­tion (her first came in 2012 for Hem­ing­way & Gell­horn )on Thurs­day in the Lead Ac­tress In A Lim­ited Se­ries Or TV Movie cat­e­gory.

Other nom­i­nees in­clude Car­rie Coon (Fargo), Felic­ity Huff­man

(Amer­i­can Crime), Jes­sica Lange (Feud), Su­san Saran­don (Feud) and Reese Witherspoon (Big Lit­tle Lies).

How are you feel­ing? Is it safe to say you were awake? Wow. I’m just feel­ing a whole lot of wow. Yes, I’m wide awake and in­cred­i­bly de­lighted – ac­tu­ally as­tounded that this se­ries con­nected in this way. I’m ac­tu­ally in Los Angeles. I’m here be­cause my hus­band (Keith Ur­ban) is record­ing some mu­sic. I just dropped my kids off at camp.

It all started with a meet­ing with Liane Mo­ri­arty au­thor) at a cafe in Syd­ney ...

I know. It’s in­cred­i­ble. It started this with just con­ver­sa­tion and a book and a friend­ship and out of it bloomed a se­ries that’s con­nected in such a big way ... and con­nected world­wide.

(Big Lit­tle Lies

In a year like this, where it felt like women were be­ing un­der­es­ti­mated, tele­vi­sion showed their strength. How was it to be part of that nar­ra­tive?

This se­ries was born out of a frus­tra­tion of not enough roles – in­ter­est­ing, com­pli­cated roles – for women. Reese and I felt like we weren’t be­ing given the roles that are sort of multi-lay­ered and beau­ti­fully writ­ten. That was the in­cep­tion of it.

For it then to be writ­ten by David Kel­ley – bring­ing out com­pli­cated and funny women with pathos and deal­ing with is­sues that are re­ally of now and im­por­tant and rel­e­vant.

For that to have been em­braced and con­nected with a world au­di­ence is just amaz­ing. And hope­fully the in­dus­try will take no­tice that peo­ple are re­spond­ing. That’s the power of tele­vi­sion. That di­rect con­nec­tion TV has on peo­ple’s lives.

Is it bit­ter­sweet to be up against your co-star Reese?

I think we see it as a union. We’ve al­ways been a team, we will al­ways be a team.

This is a sweet spot for all of us. We’re hop­ing to put to­gether a sec­ond se­ries of it. It’s mov­ing. We’re all very par­tic­u­lar. We only want to make it if it’s as good or bet­ter, we don’t want to make an­other sea­son if it’s not. So, we’ll see. – Los Angeles Times/Tribune News Ser­vice

Photo: AFP

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