Speaking to ‘This Cultural Life’ on BBC Radio 4, the actress portraying Virginia Woolf in the 2002 film reveals that she felt ‘removed’ from her body and felt like an ‘open vessel’ during the film production.
AceShowbiz –Nicole Kidman has opened up about her mental health. The actress portraying Virginia Woolf in “The Hours” revealed that she suffered depression during the 2002 film production in a new interview with “This Cultural Life” on BBC Radio 4.
The 54-year-old actress, who took on the role following her divorce from Tom Cruise in 2001, said she felt like she was “not in her own body” while playing her role. She also shared that she was an “open vessel” for Virginia’s thoughts.
Referencing the scene in which Virginia died, Nicole said, “I mean, I put the rocks in my pocket and walked into the river.” She stressed, “Over and over again. I probably don’t consider danger enough.”
“I think I was in a place myself at that time that was removed, depressed, not in my own body,” Nicole elaborated further, reflecting on her own emotions at the time. She added, “So the idea of Virginia coming through me, I was pretty much an open vessel for it to happen. And I think [Stephen Daldry, the film’s director] was very delicate with me because he knew that.”
However, Nicole didn’t explain why she felt this way but noted that “depression hits you at different times.” The “Big Little Lies” actress pointed out, “I was open to understand it, which I think is probably the beauty of life as an actor.”
Detailing her mental health experiences, Nicole continued, “There’s a point where you’re like, oh, I have so many experiences now.” The actress portraying Grace Fraser in “The Undoing” continued saying, “I’ve delved and traversed many different landscapes of mental health and loss and ideas and joy and raised birth and you know, life is what it is.”
“It’s far more examined for me now than when I was 14. I’m definitely in it. I’m definitely feeling it and definitely aware of the preciousness of it and the time,” Nicole stated. “The other extraordinary thing I’m very aware of is I’m around and exposed to some of the greatest minds in the world. I’m the recipient of their focus.”
Nicole went on to highlight that being exposed to the greatest minds in the world is a “beautiful journey.” She said, “I’m grown by them, I’m taught by them, I’m shaped by them, and I’m seen by them, and that is, that is a beautiful, beautiful journey to be on.”
“I hope it still continues, but I value it. I don’t take any of that for granted and I know what it is. I try to stay in that place,” Nicole added. “I definitely don’t want to shut down as I get older. I want to become rawer, and more open, more available and freer.”
The film depicts the famous author’s mental health struggles while writing “Mrs Dalloway” and also shows her suicide by drowning in the River Ouse in 1941, a scene in which Nicole insisted on filming herself without a stunt double. The film, which also stars Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, earned Nicole the Academy Award for Best Actress.
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