Method acting is nothing new, with the first examples of such performance practice dating back to the 1930s, though the way in which such a method has been executed has certainly changed. Daniel Day-Lewis is perhaps the most well-known contemporary method actor, along with Jared Leto who infamously sent his co-stars condoms in an attempt to ‘get into character’ on the set of Suicide Squad. By staying in character for five months after filming Nine Perfect Strangers, however, it looks as though Nicole Kidman is the latest actor to add to this eclectic list.
Jokingly reporting that she was “batshit crazy” while playing her character of Masha in the adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s book, Kidman noted, “I’d only respond as Masha,” in accordance with a report from The Independent.
Continuing, Kidman added: “I wanted a very calm healing energy to emanate all the time so I remember going over to people and sort of putting my hand on their heart, holding their hand, they would talk to me or use my name Nicole when I would completely ignore them”.
Elaborating, she said: “The only way I could actually relate to people was that way because I felt like otherwise I would be doing a performance and I didn’t want to feel that way”.
Having worked with the finest filmmakers of the modern era, including Stanley Kubrick in Eyes Wide Shut, Jonathan Glazer in Birth and Sofia Coppola in The Beguiled, Nicole Kidman has built a reputation as being one of the greatest and most daring actors of modern times.
Currently working on the third season of Big Little Lies, Kidman reported that author Liane Moriarty is working on a new book that would serve as the context for series three of the HBO show. Speaking on iHeart Radio’s Jam Nation podcast the actor noted, “There’s a story being concocted…Our group of women all want to do it. It’s more the kernel of ideas that just need to be solidified”.
Nine Perfect Strangers is due to be released on Amazon Prime Video in the UK on August 20.