Nicole Kidman Got Bruised While Filming Domestic Violence Scenes in 'Big Little Lies'

Nicole Kidman on Ellen - H 2017
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"I felt a sense of duty that I wanted to give truth to such a complicated story."

Nicole Kidman spoke about the success of her HBO show Big Little Lies, which she starred in and produced alongside Reese Witherspoon.

"When women choose to combine their power, they can get things done," Kidman told Ellen DeGeneres.

DeGeneres asked her about getting hurt while filming the domestic violence scenes opposite Alexander Skarsgard, who played her abusive husband.

"I felt a sense of duty that I wanted to give truth to such a complicated story," said Kidman, adding that she wanted it to be "incredibly real" for the audience.

"I threw myself into it, to the point where I would come home at night with, you know, bruises and really sore," she explained.

Kidman was clear that Skarsgard did not intend to physically harm her, but that she wouldn't tell him if something he did hurt her. "Alexander would not mean to do this, and I would never tell him that he was hurtingme. I wanted him to commit to the scene."

She called domestic abuse a "very, very important, serious, relevant subject."

On a lighter note, DeGeneres asked Kidman to again elaborate on why she clapped so weirdly at the Oscars, and she had the actress prove she now knew how to clap with diamond jewelry on.