Nicole Kidman was “mortified” when she realised she’d snubbed Rami Malek at the Golden Globe Awards.
The Big Little Lies actress had presented Bohemian Rhapsody with the Best Picture gong at last weekend’s ceremony, and a clip later went viral which showed the 37-year-old actor repeatedly fail to get her attention when he got on the stage.
The 51-year-old has admitted she “did not feel” or hear him approach.
“We’re really good friends,” she told Entertainment Tonight on the blue carpet at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday. “I just did not feel his hand on my back so I was mortified.”
“I love that man,” she added. “He’s so gentle and softly spoken. He’s a darling.”
But despite the apparent awkwardness, the two stars were “laughing” about the incident just days later.
“He sent me an email. I sent him an email… we were laughing, actually,” Nicole recalled. “We were both in a bit of a daze.”
Rami also insisted he hadn’t lost his love for Nicole as a result of the snub.
“Nicole’s the best and we’ve been having a laugh about it together, she’s another one I’ve admired for so many years,” he said.
The actress came face-to-face with the Mr. Robot star on the red carpet, and they were caught on camera hugging and chatting before posing for photos together.
Rami previously admitted he found the publicity surrounding the snub “ridiculous”.
He said: “She’s been a friend for a long time, and that’s why the whole thing I find absolutely ridiculous and hilarious. But I’m having a laugh about it all.
“I got up there, and I was in such a daze I don’t even know how I put together a collection of words that sounded coherent.
“So the fact that I knew Nicole [was there], I was like, ‘Oh, here’s a bit of safety.’ And then she just didn’t see me. It was as simple as that.”
Reporting by Bang Showbiz.