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I thought this was a fun little article where author Liane Moriarty got Nicole’s help to convince Meryl to join Big Little Lies.

Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty has revealed how Oscar-winner Meryl Streep joined the cast of the hit drama’s second series.

Sydney-based Moriarty said she wrote the role — of Nicole Kidman’s mother-in-law, Mary Louise Wright — with Streep in mind, and Kidman played a huge role in securing the Hollywood icon.

“I was about half way through (writing) and I was talking to the producers and I said, I’ve got this role of Perry’s mother and … not quite believing my own audacity, I’d like Meryl to play this character,” Moriarty said.

“And the producers were laughing at me because they were saying ‘you’ve become so Hollywood’ … as in, picking up the phone and saying, ‘get me Meryl.’”

“They were teasing me … but then they were saying, it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities because Nicole and Meryl are friends,” Moriarty said.

The Australian author — who penned the book Big Little Lies on which the HBO series was based — named the character “Mary Louise” after Streep (it’s her real name) and said Kidman was instrumental to Streep joining the cast.

“Nicole sent me an email saying, ‘ask and you shall receive,’” Moriarty said.

Moriarty said Streep’s character was a “significant role”. Mary Louise (Streep) is the mother of Perry (Alexander Skarsgard), who was married to Celeste (Kidman), and was murdered at the end of season one.

“She deeply loved her son … as much as any mother can love her son,” Moriarty said, adding Streep’s character was “deeply grieving” .

“She had a slightly fraught relationship with her daughter-in-law, so it’s a very complicated, difficult time.

“When I was writing it, I was calling her ‘Meryl’. But then I thought Meryl didn’t suit the character.

“So I looked up to see what Meryl’s middle name was and then I saw that, actually, her real name is Mary Louise. And Mary Louise fits the character perfectly.”

Moriarty said she wrote a 50,000 manuscript — about “half a novel” — as an outline for the second series of Big Little Lies, and executive producer and writer David E Kelley is penning the scripts.

“I wrote it (the outline ) especially for the show, so it doesn’t follow on from my novel,” Moriarty said. “It’s in his hands now. I’ve been happy to hand it over.”

This week, Kidman won a Screen Actors Guild award for her role as abused housewife Celeste, after winning a Golden Globe earlier this month.

“She is already preparing … asking me further questions about the role of Celeste for season two,” Moriarty said.

“You can see why she wins the awards because of all the work that goes into it.

“I have absolute confidence that anybody who said, ‘I don’t think we need a season two’, will change their mind when they see it.”

HBO previously announced that “most” of the cast from season one would return for the seven-episode second season, including Kidman and Reese Witherspoon as executive producers.

The cast have reportedly been given massive pay rises, with Kidman and Witherspoon expected to pocket $1.2 million per episode (up from $310,000 and $435,000 per show in the first season).

Zoe Kravitz, who was paid $470,000 for the first season, will now earn $3.7 million for her role as hippy Bonnie Carlson.

Production on the second season is due to begin in March and the series will air in 2019.


January 25, 2018   Ali   Images, Magazines Be first to comment

I have added a beautiful outtake and an image of Nicole from her Vanity Fair shoot to our gallery. I always love these beautiful portraits!

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January 25, 2018   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Magazines Be first to comment

Nicole is one of this years individuals featured on the beautiful cover of the Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair Magazine.

A super-stellar lineup, including Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro, Nicole Kidman, and Reese Witherspoon—plus, one special cameo—took advantage of their downtime during the shoot of a historic V.F. cover.

In the quarter-century since Vanity Fair launched the Hollywood Issue, show business has changed in fundamental ways, as have magazines. But a star-studded, foldout cover remains a surefire thrill. This year’s portfolio goes inside the cover’s creation, which took place in L.A. and New York as Annie Leibovitz photographed 12 of film and TV’s most iconic actors—with a non-actor corralled for the shoot for his last V.F. hurrah.

The films and TV shows represented by the actors in this year’s Hollywood Portfolio—which for the first time offers a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot—took the #MeToo movement in stride, offering strong women in leading roles, as well as strong men supporting them. Here we have Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman summoning the women’s battle cry of Big Little Lies alongside Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the indispensable sidekick to The Post heroine Katharine Graham. There’s also Claire Foy and Gal Gadot, embodiments of their formidable characters, the Queen and Wonder Woman, and one possible future female president in the mix. Movies have always thrived on relevance, and this year’s cover stars don’t hesitate to make a statement about the times we’re living in and the changes that need to happen.

NICOLE KIDMAN, actor, producer.
66 films, including Boy Erased (2018); one Academy Award.

No matter how many gutsy dives Nicole Kidman takes from the high board in her choices of adventurous roles, directors, and projects (in this decade alone, The Paperboy, The Beguiled, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), the entertainment press insists on propping her on an ivory pedestal and harping on her frosty reserve. More fools they. As an actor, Kidman has never hesitated to get down in the funk. She brought the body heat to Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, her maternal agon in Birth remains an undiscovered wonder, and she was outright freaky-deaky in The Paperboy. Conquering TV with an Emmy-and Golden Globe-winning splash in HBO’s Big Little Lies, Kidman could rest on her laurels but won’t. This Kid don’t quit.

January 24, 2018   Ali   Big Little Lies Be first to comment

…. as Celeste’s mother (or mother-in-law)! Can’t wait to see Nicole & Meryl in these roles together!

HBO has landed a Hollywood icon for season 2 of Big Little Lies.

Meryl Streep is joining the acclaimed series, EW has learned.

In a very rare TV role for the actress, the three-time Oscar winner has signed on to play the character Mary Louise Wright — the mother of Nicole Kidman’s character Celeste Wright.

Streep’s previous major television role was the 2003 miniseries Angels in America. She also did a three-episode stint on Showtime’s Web Therapy in 2010.

Landing Streep is a major coup for the network, and is sure to prove a formidable name thrown into awards season. Big Little Lies is already an awards magnet, its freshman season dominating the TV categories at the recent Golden Globes and also winning eight Emmys last fall. Given that Streep has been nominated for an Oscar a record 21 times — including for her current role in The Post — she’ll be a frontrunner before her performance is even seen.

Big Little Lies season 2 is expected to air in 2019. Here’s a bit more on the project, which was originally billed as a limited series last year until critical and awards acclaim motivated HBO to make new deals with the show’s producers and cast for another round.

Kidman’s Wright is “reeling from her husband Perry’s death, Celeste is adrift, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was.” While Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline Martha Mackenzie is “finding that good intentions don’t always yield good consequences, Madeline confronts the truth of Perry’s death, while coming to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family.”


January 24, 2018   Ali   Images Be first to comment

People shared this beautiful image of Nicole from the Screen Actors Guild Awards this past weekend.

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January 23, 2018   Ali   Awards, Events, Images Be first to comment

I apologize for the delay in getting these beautiful images up! I have added a ton of images to our gallery from Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Nicole looked gorgeous in a bronze colored gown by Armani Privé gown accessorized Jimmy Choo sandals and Harry Winston jewels.

A giant thank you to Claudia and Sara for sharing pics with us!

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Nicole Kidman Online > 2018 > January 21 | Screen Actors Guild Awards – Ceremony
Nicole Kidman Online > 2018 > January 21 | Screen Actors Guild Awards – Backstage
Nicole Kidman Online > 2018 > January 21 | Screen Actors Guild Awards – Press Room

January 21, 2018   Ali   Awards Be first to comment

Nicole Kidman takes home the Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series! Congratulations Nicole! So deserved.

P.S. Feel better soon!

January 19, 2018   Ali   Images Be first to comment

Nicole posed for a portrait at the Artios Awards which can be viewed in our gallery.

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January 19, 2018   Ali   Events, Images Be first to comment

Last night Nicole attired in a beautiful green gown fromo Erdem Spring 2018 RTW line, honored her friend Kevin Huvane at the Artios Awards.

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Nicole Kidman Online > 2018 > January 18 | Artios Awards – Ceremony