The role that made Nicole Kidman depressed


Nicole Kidman has revealed that she suffered from depression while playing the role of Virginia Woolf in « The Hours ».

Nicole Kidman has opened up about her past. The actress admitted that she suffered from depression while playing the role of Virginia Woolf in « The Hours. » The 54-year-old Australian-American played the character shortly after her divorce from Tom Cruise in 2001. She admitted that she had become an « open vessel » for the writer’s suicidal thoughts.

The film depicted the famous British author’s mental health problems when she wrote « Mrs Dalloway » and also showed her suicide by drowning in the River Ouse in 1941. Nicole Kidman had insisted on filming this scene unlined.

Unrecognizable Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf. © AFP

« I was so inside her »

“I don’t know if I’ve ever thought about the danger, I was so into her. I put stones in my pocket and went to the river. Again and again. I probably don’t consider the danger enough, ”she said in the BBC’s“ This Cultural Life ”podcast.

Reflecting on how she felt at the time, Nicole Kidman added, « I think at that point I myself was in a secluded, depressed place, I didn’t feel in my own body. » The film, which also starred Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, won Nicole Kidman the Oscar for Best Actress. « I think Stephen Daldry [le réalisateur du film, ndlr] was very delicate with me because he knew, ”she added. The full interview will be released on January 1, 2022.

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