[WATCH] Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant talk about creating defeat – deadline


When the original HBO series The defeat Aired last year, the Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star quickly became the perfect antidote for captive audiences around the world to escape their pandemic frustrations. The thriller thriller, directed by Susanne Bier from a screenplay written by David E. Kelley, went on to become one of the most addicting linear TV hits of 2020 and was the most-watched HBO original series of the year. .

“I’ve always been a fan of psychological thrillers,” said Kidman, who plays wealthy New Yorker therapist Grace Fraser. Virtual House of Deadline. “I like the tension and the push of them.”

The six-part limited series, loaded with cliffhangers at the end of each episode, continued to draw audiences each week into a noisy landscape of frenzied-watching content. It was these cliffhangers, Kidman said, that played a vital role in the success of the series.

“Even when we were doing them, I remember reading them [in the script] and go “wow,” she said. “And it’s really difficult. It looks easy because [Susanne] makes it look easy and [David] it sounds easy but it’s really hard.

Grant, who plays Grace’s pediatric oncologist husband Jonathan, who is accused (and ultimately guilty) of the brutal murder of the woman he had an affair with, said being portrayed as a villain was a real draw for him. to join the project.

“I really wanted to know how it ended,” Grant recalls, after reading the first scripts. “I’m not used to television and not seeing the whole script from start to finish. So I cornered David [Kelley] at a hotel in Los Angeles and made him say I was the murderer and made him swear he would stick to that.

The series was filmed entirely in and around Manhattan and Long Island for six months in 2019, making it one of the last major television sets before the pandemic caused chaos to the world. Kidman reveals that Bier’s vision was to create a dark fairy tale, and the director deliberately weaved New York City at the forefront of the story.

“This is why there are so many magical moments,” Kidman said. “New York was such a great place and I don’t think it’s been shot like a dark fairy tale before. It has never been used as a forest and there is a feeling of forest.

Costume designer Signe Sejlund, production designer Lester Cohen and editor Ben Lester were also on hand to tell us how they carefully built a cinematic feel for the series.

Lester was keen to incorporate plans for New York City to keep the scenes from clashing with each other. “Sometimes you want a moment for that mystery or that emotion to linger a bit and open up,” he said. “It was really rewarding because we had a few screenings and the people in New York City told us they didn’t really see New York photographed like that.”

Sejlund, a longtime collaborator of Bier, who was responsible for those Grace’s iconic coats, explained to Deadline how the goal was to create a “classic and timeless” wardrobe for Nicole’s character.

“The coats look like fairy tales and are quite bold,” she said. “But it’s the whole thing – it’s Lester’s job, it’s my job, it’s the whole thing that comes together to create this world which is a visually modern fairy tale.”

Regarding Grace and Jonathan’s opulent home, Cohen said it was important for the public to believe Grace had a perfect existence. “Our goal was to create that kind of home for that perfect family to live in,” he said.

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