Nicole Kidman: "I Felt My Way Through the Character" of 'Big Little Lies' | Drama Actress Roundtable

"The desire for him to realize how much I love him, which is to me, an interesting motivation," Kidman says of her character's abusive marriage.

"It was beautifully written initially in the novel [by Liane Moriarty], and then it was written by David [E. Kelley], and then I was allowed to bring some things to it," Nicole Kidman told The Hollywood Reporter during the Drama Actress Roundtable on her role of Celeste in HBO's Big Little Lies.

"Jean-Marc [Vallee] is just the sort of director that just shoots the rehearsal, shoots everything, keeps going, and walks away," Kidman said of her director. "It's a fantastic way to do a performance like this. Particularly for the sex scenes you want a director who just gets in there and allows it to play out. Things happen that are very surprising."

Kidman discussed the her current phase of her life, balancing her A-list career with being a wife and mother. "If I have my fantasy life, there's so many roles, and places and things I want to do. I'm not at a point where I have to go, what's that going to cost me? What's the going to cost the people I love?"

"We don't get the choices as much with our careers and our lives, because a lot of it is we have to be there to take care of things still, or I do." Kidman has one career Oscar win for The Hours and one previous Emmy nomination for Hemingway & Gellhorn in addition to multiple Golden Globes.

More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actresses, actors, showrunners and reality creators will continue through July in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting May 25 on Sundance TV, and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.

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