Nicole Kidman Covers InStyle; Talks Big Little Lies, Relationships, Fashion, and More

by Kristen Heinzinger

Photography: Will Davidson

If you’re still coming down from your Big Little Lies bingeathon, you aren’t the only one. InStyle’s Laura Brown tapped Nicole Kidman (aka Celeste) as the mag’s July cover star, and visited the actress in Nashville to get the dish on the HBO sensation and the female force that made it magical. From her cast mates to how she got into character (and the impact it had on her personally) to her fashion inspirations, Kidman holds no bars. Get all the details when the issue comes out on June 9; for now, catch a few bits below.

On working with her friends in the cast of Big Little Lies
“I always say when women unite and work together, we’re very powerful. One, because we’re very loyal. And two, we’re all multitaskers, and we can get stuff done. It’s a beautiful thing when you can actually make a project work based on true friendships.”

On the apparently glamorous life of an actor…
“As much as it looks really glitzy, acting is a job for me. I’m not a celebrity who’s going to go out just because. That’s not my nature.”

On getting into character…
“On Big Little Lies I was completely disturbed by it. It penetrated. Everything does in different ways, but that’s the place you exist when you work creatively… Also, that was dealing with [domestic violence] issues that are very, very present. I meet people all the time who are going through it. And I experienced it in that way [on set] where I would come home and be physically hurt at times.” 

On fashion…
“There are dreams attached to fashion. When it’s presented in a way where you go [gasp], it just makes you feel good. It allows me to express what I’m feeling, as in, I want to wear that because that’s actually my rebellion right now. Or that’s my way of fitting in. Or it’s my way of saying no. Or it’s my way of saying I’m different.”

On the relationships in her life…
“…a lot of my forces are maternal. I mean, they’re romantic too. I’ve always chosen to have really deep, intense romantic relationships. I don’t flit around… I don’t dabble.” 

On keeping in touch with friends and family…
“I call. People text, and then I text back ‘Just call me.’ I like the voice. Keith and I don’t ever text. We call. That’s just what we’ve always done. We’re old school.”

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