Nicole Kidman says The Undoing made her 'really sick'

Sarah Ilston
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Photo credit: Sky
Photo credit: Sky

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Sky's The Undoing was undoubtedly one of the biggest shows to come out of 2020, but filming the dramatic series wasn't without its pitfalls – according to star Nicole Kidman, who revealed the toll it took on her mental health.

The Undoing follows the story of privileged New York couple Grace and Jonathan Fraser, whose lives and marriage are shaken to their core, when Jonathan is accused of the murder of a mother at their son's school.

It's been compared favourably to the critically-acclaimed Big Little Lies – which Kidman also starred in – which makes sense, given that producer David. E. Kelley also worked on both series.

But, just like BLL, there were brutal and emotionally distressing scenes to contend with for The Undoing.

Speaking on the WTF With Marc Maron podcast, Kidman admitted how much that impacted her. She said filming 'disturbing' scenes alongside co-star Hugh Grant for the HBO series left her 'really sick' as a result.

'Suddenly I was in this place where there was sort of a disquietness to my personality, where I was uneasy and there was duress on who I was,' she explained.

'I actually got really sick and I think this is a big thing that happens to actors – I went down for a week because your immune system doesn’t know the difference between acting and truth when you’re doing this.'

Adding: 'I go home and I don’t sleep well – I’m not well if it’s that disturbing to me.'

Photo credit: Sky
Photo credit: Sky

Her comments come days after Hugh Grant alluded that a season 2 may well be on the way for the limited series, despite David.E. Kelley previously telling TVLine that they were 'satisfied' with the way the show ended.

'You know, I think there's certainly more story to tell about Grace, and my son, and Grace's dad. I don't know exactly what I'd be up to, just in prison,' Grant told Digital Spy.

'I don't know how that develops. I mean, you'd have no whodunit, because we now know who did it. You'd have to find some other thing to keep you interested. I don't know. I think it might be quite hard to do a sequel.'

Kelley did however relent, and admit that he would never rule out a second season of The Undoing, after making that mistake previously: 'I said there wouldn't be [a second season of] Big Little Lies, so I won't say that now. I learned my lesson.'

Fingers crossed we get to see what happens to Grace and Jonathan next!

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