On Music: Nicole Kidman, Getting Into a Trance

by Armando Gallo February 9, 2017
Nicole Kidman, Golden Globe winner

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Nicole Kidman co-stars and co-produced with Reese Witherspoon the new upcoming miniseries Big Little Lies, created by David E. Kelley and based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty. The seven episodes - infused with music, from 1960s vintage to Michael Kiwanuka -were directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who played music all the time on the set. We asked Nicole if music is important in relation to her acting.

“Music can bring me into an emotional memory like that.  I love using music, it’s something that speaks to me viscerally, immediately. Jean-Marc actually plays music on the set.  And Garth Davis on Lion would play music on the set to set the tone. I love when a director does that because, as anyone who loves music knows, you can be transported 20 years back. Or suddenly there is this classical piece being played and it just lifts you up and almost puts you in a trance. There are so many different ways to use music to create a performance.  But I am also lucky because I am married to a musician so we have music in our house pretty much all the time.  It’s weaved into my life now.  And my little one plays guitar, and my eight- year-old can play Adele’s “Hello” and “When I Was Seven Years Old”.  So music is a beautiful form of expression.”