Watch Emmy-worthy Nicole Kidman Cancellation Scene From Episode 2
In the final scene of The defeatIn the second episode of Hugh Grant, Hugh Grant’s Jonathan resurfaces and professes his innocence to Nicole Kidman’s Grace. Below, Kidman, nominated for TVLine Dream Emmy and Loss director Susanne Bier collapses the incendiary sequence, shot on site at the eastern tip of Long Island, which required the Big little lies an actress juggling a myriad of emotions – fear, fury, hysteria – in the space of 90 seconds.
SUSANNE BEER | There is a half hour period when the light actually has a blue color. And I decided, very recklessly, [to] shoot this scene [in that tight window]. And it’s a huge, fucked up emotional scene. So we repeated it and repeated it, and then we waited for the light to go out and we started spinning. We literally had half an hour to shoot this whole scene.
NICOLE KIDMAN I was pretty tense at this point, [just by] the nature of being in an entire series and the emotional journey Grace goes on. It was interesting because it was so palpable. Hugh and I were both tense. So the idea that there was this clock ticking… we just had to go out there and do it. I’m really an artist who says, “OK, let’s go. Let’s capture the magic, if there is any. And that’s what we had to do in this regard. There were a few questions about the blockage, but once we got started we were in he. Susanne is rigorous. She pushes you, which is fantastic, because he [elevates] the quality. And also the location was beautiful. It was secluded and bare and very Scandinavian in a weird way.
BEER | Here’s the thing about Nicole – she can go on forever. She is incredible. Theoretically I could have asked her to do this scene 15 times and she would have delivered an equally strong performance. [each time]. But because of all this crazy effort filming with the downlight, I think, as far as I can remember, we shot it three times.
KIDMAN | When someone goes missing and there are all these things they’ve done to you – the lies – you have therefore many questions and there are therefore a lot of anger. Your whole life is completely wasted, but [at the same time]… She is in love with him. So the desire for him to tell the truth. The desire for him not to have done it is the underlying thing with her. Hear her say, “I had an affair but I didn’t.” I did do not kill this woman. And to her, it’s like, “Please let this be true. I’m so mad at you. You destroyed everything and how dare you have an affair but my God you didn’t kill anyone and I didn’t think so. These are the things that collide. But then also you betrayed me, you destroyed our life, you destroyed the lives of our sons, you are a liar… It is a cataclysmic collision of emotions and intellect.