Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant Speak Gossip, Longtime Friendship and ‘The Undoing’ (Unique)
Whereas mates for over 25 years, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant have by no means labored collectively onscreen. That’s, till now, in HBO’s fashionable, thrilling new collection, The Undoing. Directed by Susanne Bier and written by David E. Kelley, the six-episode present is an addictive adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel, You Should Have Known, which tells the story of a privileged couple dwelling in New York Metropolis whose marriage is upended by a stunning demise and the numerous revelations that comply with.
As Grace and Jonathan Fraser, there’s no query that Kidman and Grant are a pair lengthy in love but additionally barely out of contact with one another, which performs into the paranoia that unfolds over the course of the collection. For Kidman, who delivers one other gorgeous efficiency following her Emmy-winning activate Large Little Lies, the chemistry is so palpable “as a result of we’ve recognized one another since we have been in our early 20s,” she tells ET’s Rachel Smith throughout a joint Zoom interview with Grant.
The actress is asking in from Sydney, Australia, the place she is presently filming her subsequent, hotly anticipated collection Nine Perfect Strangers, whereas Grant checks in from a “grey and miserable” London.
Surprisingly, the 2 have by no means appeared in the identical movie or TV collection collectively. Although, it isn’t for a scarcity of making an attempt, with the actress revealing that she previously auditioned for Notting Hill whereas Grant admits to walking away from one other undertaking. However they profit from their time collectively on The Undoing.
“I really feel very snug with him and a part of what it took for this to work is that this couple must be very kind of snug and completely happy,” Kidman continues, earlier than turning to her co-star. “Would you not agree, Hugh?”
“That was the goal,” Grant confirms, whereas including that regardless of having six episodes to make this couple as advanced and layered and plausible as attainable, “We needed to kind of set up all that in a single episode earlier than the rug was pulled from below the ft of this cute couple.”
In The Undoing, Grant channels a darkness that when mixed together with his pure allure leads to a beguiling character, good for the twists and turns on this collection. With out spoiling the story, which wastes no time delivering shocks and surprises, the rug that he was referring to was their lives as working medical professionals and oldsters of a 12-year-old son, Henry (Noah Jupe), who attends a prestigious personal college the place all of the mother and father, together with Sylvia Steinetz (Lily Rabe), know one another’s enterprise and are the keepers of their secrets and techniques.
Whereas Kidman and Grant have pure chemistry collectively, the actress says that her co-star was adamant that they don’t hug or kiss an excessive amount of. “As a result of after 10 years of marriage, folks would by no means be doing that,” she remembers, whereas calling out Grant, who makes an attempt to make clear that he solely stated, “I simply didn’t suppose we must always do it each single scene.”
Their forwards and backwards is simply the sort of playful banter that comes with having been mates for therefore lengthy. “You recognize, Nicole’s amusing,” Grant says, including that she’s additionally “a gossip, which I like. I can get stuff out of her.” Whereas Kidman tries to disclaim it, the actor clarifies, “Effectively, you gossip about your self, which I like. I like all of the filth.”
“I do. I’ll reply questions on myself,” Kidman concedes.
Whereas Kidman saves the juiciest gossip for her longtime mates, she did open up concerning the rumors surrounding a 3rd season of Big Little Lies, her hit HBO collection co-starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz. After an explosive first season, which was based mostly on Liane Moriaty’s novel of the identical title, the collection was renewed for a second season, welcoming Meryl Streep to the forged.
In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Kidman revealed Kelley, who wrote seasons 1 and a couple of, and Moriaty “have a extremely good thought for it,” whereas including that Dern and Kravitz have been up for one more installment.
When ET requested for any updates on the present standing of the present, Kidman turns to Grant to see if he would need to be in season 3. “Very a lot,” he solutions. “It was good.”
However in the case of any specifics, all of it comes all the way down to timing and availability, particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has made productions tougher. “We discuss it, we’d like to do it, clearly,” she says. “Proper now’s such a tough time for our trade and everyone seems to be working [but] we’d like to do it. We’d all relish the thought of coming again collectively in Monterey.”
The Undoing, in the meantime, premieres Sunday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.