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The actresses reveal the secrets of their new exciting US drama

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman tell TV Magazine what we need to know about Big Little Lies

1 Based on the bestselling novel by Australian writer Liane Moriarty, this TV adaptation of Big Little Lies was born when avid reader Reese Witherspoon devoured the novel and passed it on to her pal, fellow Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman.

“I met Liane in Sydney and we had coffee,” Nicole recalls. “That’s where I said: ‘If you let us option this book, then I promise you that Reese and I will get this made.’”

2 The seven-part US drama series follows a group of competitive mums whose kids attend an exclusive private school. A murder occurs at a fundraising night, but it is initially unclear to viewers who the victim – or the killer – is. “Everybody has secrets,” Reese, 40, says of the plot. “It’s about how we all hide in plain sight.”

3 The three main characters are: Madeline (Reese), a sunny-yet-sometimes-spiky alpha mum; Celeste (Nicole), an ex-lawyer with a toyboy husband; and Jane (Shailene Woodley), a quiet newcomer who has just moved to the area with her son. The cast also includes Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern.

4 The pedigree of people behind the scenes is as impressive as those on screen. Ally McBeal creator David E Kelley wrote the scripts, while Oscar-nominated director Jean-Marc Vallée, who worked with Reese on 2014 movie Wild, directed. Reese and Nicole were both executive producers.

5 While the book is set in Australia, the series has relocated to the California beachside city of Monterey. “The show’s storylines are universal, but Jean-Marc felt passionately that it needed to be set in a community near water,” explains Nicole. “And that’s almost like a character in the show now.”

6 As a mum of three herself, Reese really connected to the material. “Reading it, I saw myself in different stages of motherhood,” she reveals. “I was a mom when I was 22, like Jane, then I was a mom at 40, like Madeline. I’ve been divorced, I’ve been remarried… There are so many aspects that are relatable to women’s lives.”

7 Towards the end of episode one, there is a shocking development for Nicole’s character Celeste, and the intense scenes took their toll on the 49-year-old actress. “I would go home, bruised all over,” she says. “My body was really damaged. I’d sit in the bath and cry.”

8 Mum-of-four Nicole won’t be letting her eight-year-old daughter Sunday watch Big Little Lies anytime soon… “She desperately wants to see this series and I am like: ‘No, when you are 18…’”

9 Reese took on this project as she was sick of seeing the “complete lack of interesting characters for women” on screen: “I thought women have bigger stories to tell and if no one is going to develop this material on TV, then I’ll do it myself.”

10 Unlike many actresses her age, Reese doesn’t have a problem with looking older on camera. “I love being 40,” she laughs. “When I saw the first cut of Big Little Lies, I saw that I have wrinkles. However, I love that I have wrinkles and I love that I’ve earned those wrinkles. I worked really hard for them!”


March 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Madeline receives encouraging news about the play from her director, Joseph Bachman, but is left concerned by his newly icy demeanor. Principal Nippal and Ms. Barnes share their conclusions about Ziggy and Amabella with Jane. Celeste has a solo session with Dr. Reisman, who tries to get to the bottom of her relationship with Perry.

March 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A few weeks ago Nicole sat down with W Magazine as part of their Screen Test series.

Nicole Kidman, who was recently nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in ‘Lion,’ opens up about her relationship with husband Keith Urban (“Does that make me high maintenance?” she wonders), her first kiss (while watching ‘The Shining’), and how, at 49, she’s still quite impressionable. Next up, she’ll star in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ and Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled.’

March 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I am back from vacation and playing catch up on captures of Nicole in her new series Big Little Lies.

Gallery Links:
Nicole Kidman Online > Big Little Lies > Season One > Episode Captures > 01×01 | Somebody’s Dead

March 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This past weekend Nicole was in Germany attending the Golden Camera awards where she received the award for Best International Actress. I have added images to the gallery from the event.

Gallery Links:
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > March 4 | Golden Camera Awards
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > March 4 | Golden Camera Awards – Ceremony
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > March 4 | Golden Camera Awards – Backstage

March 9, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Unfortunately Nicole didn’t win last night but she looked beautiful as she walked the red carpet at the Oscars in a gold colored gown by Armani Prive.

Thank you to Claudia & Maria for their help in finding these beautiful images.

Gallery Links:
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > February 26 | Academy Awards
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > February 26 | Academy Awards – Audience
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > February 26 | Academy Awards – Backstage
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > February 26 | Academy Awards – Governor’s Ball

February 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Last night Nicole attended two celebrations in honor of the Academy Awards Ceremony that is being held tonight. I have added images from the events to the gallery.

Gallery Links:
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > February 25 | Charles Finch And CHANEL Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > February 25 | Charles Finch And CHANEL Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner – Inside
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > February 25 | The Weinstein Company’s Pre-Oscar Dinner

February 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Over the years Nicole has been a recognized face in advertising campaigns for companies such as Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Swisse, and Omega. I have added some of these photoshoots to our gallery.

Gallery Links:
Nicole Kidman Online > PHOTO SHOOTS > Advertising Campaigns

February 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Nicole spent the day at Disney World in Orlando, Florida yesterday and took some time to pose with Mickey Mouse. The fun images are now in our gallery.

Gallery Links:
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > February 21 | Disney World

February 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Reese Witherspoon was tired of working in a man’s world.

“So often I’m the only woman on a set full of men,” the Oscar winner tells PEOPLE.

But through her production company Pacific Standard, the actress is now bringing Liane Moriarty’s female-driven novel Big Little Lies to HBO as a seven-part whodunit drama with a healthy dose of acerbic humor.

“It became this really interesting group of women whose work I’d always loved,” Witherspoon, 40, says of enlisting Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz to star alongside her in the limited series, which explores themes of domestic violence, marriage and motherhood.

“Getting to work with them every day was a pleasure,” she says. “I learned so much from each of them.”

Big Little Lies is a 7-episode series and premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.


February 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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