Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon share cover duty for Elle magazine’s February issue celebrating Women in TV.
The Oscar-winning actresses are stars of the upcoming HBO comedy-drama “Big Little Lies”, directed by Montreal’s Jean-Marc Vallee. The hotly-anticipated new series follows the seemingly-perfect lives of three mothers – played by Kidman, Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley – as they begin to unravel.
The show promises a raw and intimate look at the lives of the women, including nude scenes that left Kidman bruised.
“So many of the bruises you see on me aren’t fake,” Kidman says. “I had to do a shower scene where you would see a lot of them, and I asked them not to put makeup on me. It needed to be pretty raw and out there. There’s certain choreography that you need for a scene like that, so that you don’t actually get your cheekbone shattered, but a lot of the time, they’d say, ‘Oh, you can put some pads in your back,’ and I would say no, because you might be able to see them.”
For the actress, “Big Little Lies”’ sex scenes and nudity help tell her character’s story.
“I also felt that the nudity was a part of it. It wasn’t about exploitation. It really feeds into their relationship. You really get their sexuality through that,” she explains.
Presenting the stories of women who aren’t perfect was important to Witherspoon, who also serves as an executive producer of the series.
“As an artist, I feel more strongly than ever that my job on earth is to tell the stories of the invisibles, and women have been invisible on film for a long time,” she says. “Women are wives and mothers and girlfriends, but not the centre of our own stories. No one’s the good guy; no one’s the bad guy. We all do deplorable things and very honourable things.”
“Big Little Lies” premieres Feb. 19.