The Undoing's Nicole Kidman on pressure of filming episode 2's "emotional" twist

Amy West
·3-min read
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The Undoing spoilers follow.

The Undoing's Nicole Kidman has opened up about the pressures of filming the second episode's "emotional" twist.

Based on the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel You Should Have Known, the psychological thriller series follows renowned therapist Grace Fraser, whose life begins to unravel on the eve of her first book being published.

In its most recent instalment, Grace was confronted by her husband Johnny (Hugh Grant), who has been on the run since she discovered he has been living a double life and has potentially murdered his mistress. Now, in a new interview with TV Line, Kidman has detailed how shooting the sequence left her feeling "pretty strung out".

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Photo credit: Sky

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"The nature of being in a whole series and the emotional journey that Grace goes on... It was interesting because it was so palpable. Hugh and I were both strung out. The idea that there was this clock ticking… we just had to jump in and do it," she explained, noting how director Susanne Bier gave her and Grant a half-hour window to nail the take as she wanted to utilise the site's real dusky blue light.

"I am very much a performer who goes, 'OK, let's do it. Let's capture the magic, if there is any.' And that's what we had to do in that regard.

"There were some questions about blocking but once we were off and running, we were in it. Susanne is rigorous. She pushes you, which is fantastic, because it [elevates] the quality. The location was gorgeous. It was isolated and bare and very Scandinavian in a strange way."

Despite finding the process challenging, Kidman says she's glad to be working with a team of artists that share her passion for storytelling.

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Photo credit: HBO

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"I'm really attracted to it and I desire it and I feel very safe when I am with somebody like that," the Big Little Lies star explained. "What I don't like is when I work with someone that is a bit nonchalant and doesn't really care.

"Then I'm like, 'This is not the right combination.' Because I'll go home at night and my dreams will be affected and my whole life gets affected. But that's my artistic choice and that's my commitment to what I do.

"Susanne is like that. So I was like, 'Whatever you need to do to tell this story so that people will feel it. Not just watch it from a distance but go on a journey and feel it.' That's what we hoped for."

The Undoing airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK. You can also catch up on the show via Sky Go and NOW TV.

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