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Nicole Kidman’s Bruises from Big Little Lies Upset Husband Keith Urban

Nicole Kidman painfully got into character for “Big Little Lies.”

Nicole Kidman would often come home from filming for the hit HBO series "Big Little Lies" with bruises on her body. In the limited series, the Oscar-winning actress plays Celeste, a woman in a deeply twisted, frequently violent relationship with her husband, Perry (Alexander Skarsgård). To the outside world, this photogenic and highly successful pair have managed to keep the spark in their marriage alive. But behind closed doors, Celeste has been quietly suffering from a never-ending cycle of psychosexual abuse, which she often mistakes for love, or intense passion. “It’s as if we turn each other on by rage,” she says to her therapist.

While speaking with Vogue recently, Kidman said, “I am playing her and got deeply enmeshed in her. I felt my way through that character because the only way to play her was to feel and be her. There are other characters that are easier to intellectually approach, but this was visceral.”

Those visceral scenes have been noted for their graphic violence and realistic portrayal of an abusive marriage, and that may be partially because Kidman went somewhat method when the series was in production, taking much of the emotional weight of her character home with her to husband Keith Urban.

“I didn’t realize how much of it penetrated me,” Kidman said. “I would go home at night sometimes and be in a lot of pain, and I had to take things like Advil, because I was being thrown around physically. I was really bruised. … At one point, Keith was like, ‘I’m going to take a photo of your back because it’s covered in deep, massive bruises.’ He was devastated seeing it, but then he would say, ‘But I have an artist wife!'”

Despite the physical pain and distress she caused Urban, Kidman was glad to have the opportunity to play a character like Celeste.

"That’s what we all seek as actors," she explained. "But at the same time, when I walked away from it, I remember thinking that was the deepest I’ve gone in terms of finding and losing things."

The finale of Big Little Lies airs this Sunday night on HBO. You can watch the movie online for free on, so make sure don't give it a miss if it interests you! The drama also stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley.

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