Nicole Kidman’s acting prowess truly shines in unconventional roles, and THESE characters are proof!
Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, with her stunning looks and remarkable acting chops, often gets cast as the quintessential Hollywood beauty. But scratch beneath the surface, and you’ll find an actress who thrives on defying expectations. Kidman’s career is laden with daring choices, where she sheds the glamour and embraces unconventional roles. Here’s a look at some of her most groundbreaking roles, with a sneak peek at her upcoming Prime Video series Expats, promising to add another gem to her crown.
Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002)
A chameleon-like performance that earned Kidman her well-deserved Oscar, where she embodied not one, but three versions of the English writer Virginia Woolf. From an elegant socialite to an introspective writer battling mental illness, Nicole showcased the full spectrum of Woolf’s brilliance and pain in this Stephen Daldry directorial. Besides the Oscar, the actress also bagged the BAFTA Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for The Hours.
Satine in Moulin Rouge! (2001)
A dazzling spectacle where Kidman trades in subtlety for theatricality. In this musical drama, her portrayal of a cabaret actress and courtesan with a heart of gold and a voice that could melt glaciers is both tragic and triumphant, proving she can captivate audiences without a single whisper. With an impactful performance as Satine, she won the award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy at the 59th Golden Globe Awards.
Grace Stewart in Dogville (2003)
This Lars von Trier experiment saw Kidman stripped bare, both literally and figuratively, playing a runaway victim forced to live at the whim of a small-town community. Raw, unsettling, and unforgettable, the film is a testament to her fearless commitment to her craft. For her hard-hitting performance in this avant-garde drama, Kidman was recognized with the Russian Guild of Film Critics Golden Aries Award for Best Foreign Actress.
Celeste Wright in Big Little Lies (2017-2019)
A seemingly perfect queen bee with a hidden past, Kidman embodies Celeste with a chilling blend of elegance and menace, proving that sometimes, the most beautiful smiles hide the sharpest teeth. She bowled viewers over with her exemplary portrayal of a retired lawyer and mom to two twin sons in this American drama series.
Erin Bell in Destroyer (2018)
Kidman dives headfirst into the physical and emotional wreckage of an undercover cop with a haunted past in this neo-noir crime drama film. Unrecognisable under heavy makeup and sporting a guttural voice, she delivers a tour-de-force performance that’s both brutal and deeply human. In fact, Kidman was also nominated under the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the prestigious 76th Golden Globe Awards for her performance in Destroyer.
Margaret Righter in Expats (2024)
Prime Video’s upcoming series, Expats promises to add another layer to Kidman’s illustrious repertoire. In Expats, based on Janice Yau’s best-selling novel ‘The Expatriates’, she plays an American expat entangled in a web of deceit and danger in Hong Kong. Directed by Lulu Wang, this thriller series is poised to be yet another shining example of Kidman’s mettle as a versatile actor.
From playing literary icons to unhinged detectives, Nicole Kidman consistently proves that her true acting prowess shines in the depths of unconventional roles. We’ll now see Kidman alongside Sarayu Blue and Ji-young Yoo in Expats. The series will premiere exclusively on Prime Video with two episodes on January 26, 2024, and new episodes launching weekly until the finale on February 23, 2024.