Nicole Kidman on the Similarities Between Her Roles in 'Boy Erased' and 'Destroyer'

"They're diametrically opposed in terms of the way they look and behave as women, but they're still on a similar path," she tells The Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable.

Nicole Kidman is entering the awards race with two films and two drastically different roles in Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased and Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer.

“Both of the roles that I play I did very close together, and even though they’re diametrically opposed in terms of the way they look and behave as women, they’re still on a similar path because they’re both looking to heal what they’ve done to their child,” Kidman said during The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable.

In Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s memoir, the actress plays a religious mother who sends her son to gay conversion therapy and says she “immediately connected” to the role of Nancy Eamons.

“She put her child into conversion therapy because she thought that it was the right thing to do. She actually thought it was the most loving thing to do because she didn’t know anything else and she loves her son,” she says. “They actually now have the most extraordinary relationship and she’s apologized and healed what she did, which I think is beautiful. That’s a great message in terms of what can happen.”

For Destroyer, where Kidman portrays police detective Erin Bell, the actress revealed that she “stayed in character the whole time” during filming.

“I entered so deeply into her that — I don’t always do this with a character but this one I had to because I didn’t want to feel like I was ever shifting into a performance, so I just stayed in character the whole time, which was really tough.”

She added: "It kind of enters the psyche. My husband was like, 'I cannot wait for this thing to end.'"