Have you ever watched a horror film or drama and wondered how the cast coped with their roles? Nicole Kidman has revealed that she relied on her husband and kids to “bring back reality” during filming for harrowing drama, The Undoing.

The star was talking about the filming process for her latest project, an edge-of-your-seat thriller The Undoing, based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Nicole Kidman in a scene from ©HBO new TV series: The Undoing (2020).

It tells the story of Grace (Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (played by Hugh Grant), who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves.

It all seems too good to be true, until one day their world falls apart with a violent death that sets off a chain of terrible revelations.

After this very public disaster, Grace realises she didn’t listen to her own advice and must create a new life for her family.

During a TV interview, Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew asked: ‘How do you shake off these characters at the end of a long day and return to your own life?’

Nicole said: ‘It’s taken its toll. I almost work from a deeper place now and thus it’s very taxing at times.’

She explained that her family had travelled to New York with her where it was filmed, and credited husband Keith Urban and her daughters Sunday and Faith for helping: “My family was with me, and just to have my little girls, and Keith, and have dinner with them brings immediate reality back. Suddenly the boundaries get set.”

Nicole continued: “It doesn’t mean that I’m not thinking about it [work]. That’s always going through my brain. I’m preparing for the next day, and a lot of times I’m having to learn huge amounts of dialogue. But at the same time, it’s just having that place where I can breathe and feel me.”

“Keith provides an enormous amount of that and hopefully we provide that for him when he’s on tour because that’s the benefit of having a family that’s tight” explains Kidman.

The show will air weekly on Mondays on Sky Atlantic and NowTV, with the first episode premiering today (Monday October 26).

Would you be able to switch off from it and separate reality?

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