The best actors and actresses completely embody the characters they’re playing, but Nicole Kidman has now revealed her dedication to her latest movie ended up impacting her marriage to beloved husband Keith Urban.
Appearing on the UK’s Graham Norton Show on Friday, the Hollywood star, 51, opened up about filming her latest movie The Destroyer – which she admitted has been one of her most gruelling to date.
“It’s really a tough, gritty film, which is something I’d never done and I am always looking for new territory to explore,” she told the show’s host.
“And, when you are cast to play the older character you don’t usually get to play the younger, but a great thing as an actor is when you get to play both. It was a gift to be able to arc out the whole story for the character.”
Nicole plays a police detective, Erin Bell, who is reconnecting with people from a past undercover assignment while battling a dark mindset. However, she admitted she struggled to leave the character behind when she returned home after filming – making Keith concerned.
“My husband was like, ‘When is this going to end?’ As an actor, you take on things and some you can shed and walk away from and others you can’t,” she explained.
“The character had to seep out of my pores and I didn’t know how to perform that, so I just had to live it. I was a bit of a nightmare!”
Nicole and Keith, who tied the knot in 2006, have two daughters together, 10-year-old Sunday Rose and seven-year-old Faith Margaret. They regularly speak openly about their love for one another and Nicole previously revealed she always tries to ensure she leaves her work at work.
Speaking to Harpers Bazaar magazine, Nicole described her marriage to the country music star as “really good”, revealing they both usually make sure to switch off from the stresses of work when they’re at home in Nashville, USA, together.
“Obviously I work hard, but when I’m off, I’m off,” the Australia actress said. “Keith and I are very good at immediately clicking off because we have a really good life in Nashville that’s very simple, quiet and nourishing because we’ve made it like that.
“We’re pretty strict with the boundaries on what we allow in terms of work into our home. I used to have an office in my house and I just got rid of it – it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I finally went, ‘This is not a good thing’.
“We don’t have a TV in our bedroom, we’re that couple. I highly recommend that. And no computers in bed.”