65th Taormina Film Fest Day 2 - Red Carpet
65th Taormina Film Fest Day 2 - Red Carpet

Nicole Kidman’s Big Little Lies admission

World Exclusive: Aussie superstar Nicole Kidman has teased tomorrow's finale of the global TV sensation, Big Little Lies may not be the end - if the all-star ensemble, including Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep, agree to return for season three.

Speaking exclusively to News Corp Australia while on holiday to visit her mother Janelle and sister Antonia this week, Kidman said "I think we would love to do a season three because there is certainly ideas," adding "but we would not do it without all of the same people involved … even the kids."

The powerhouse, female-driven blockbuster HBO drama - adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Sydney author Liane Moriarty - has fans around the world in a Game Of Thrones-style frenzy over the season two climax, which will feature a hotly-anticipated courtroom showdown between Kidman and Streep, as they battle it out for custody of her two on-screen sons.

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Nicole Kidman and her BLL co-stars. Picture: Foxtel/HBO
Nicole Kidman and her BLL co-stars. Picture: Foxtel/HBO

The 52-year-old Oscar winner said facing off with "the Great One" had been a career high, confirming viewers were in for fireworks.

"(Filming with her) was intimidating, which is good, it should be. I mean, Meryl is the Great One and she's just so professional. It's so beautifully written and scripted, so we're lucky in terms of legal ease, the way in which David E. Kelley walks us all through that," she said, enthusing, "you gotta see this finale … there's so much more to come."

Season two has been a ratings sensation, the most watched drama for Foxtel since Game Of Thrones, delivering a staggering 600 per cent increase in streaming figures on last season.

Moriarty sketched the plot points for the action in a novella, after fans demanded a follow-up season to her book.

Kidman and Witherspoon bought the rights to the original novel, then produced it for the small screen.

The story of five women, all mothers living in the exclusive Californian enclave of Monterey, also stars Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley, all keeping a dark secret about the death of Kidman's violent husband (played by Alexander Skasgard).

The murder mystery cleaned up at the Emmy and Golden Globe awards, prompting Streep to reach out to Kidman and Witherspoon in search of a part to play in the sequel season.

"Reese and I always say, this show is bigger than any one person. It just is, it's got its own life force and is bigger than any of us," Kidman said.

Nicole Kidman is back in Sydney to spend time with family. Picture: Getty Images
Nicole Kidman is back in Sydney to spend time with family. Picture: Getty Images

Humble about her role in taking the Aussie book and series to an international audience, she said: "I'm so glad the show has found its way because there really is nothing on TV with six female leads. I don't know where that show is, so to have the support now has been incredible. It's never going to be perfect, but by gosh, it's so great there's six lead roles for women in one show."

And Kidman vowed it won't be the last time she works with Aussie talent for TV and film projects, on the hunt for the next Big Little Lies thing.

"We're looking for more Aussie authors and want to pluck more of them out," she said.

Nicole Kidman opposite Alexander Skarsgard in Big Little Lies. Picture: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/HBO via AP
Nicole Kidman opposite Alexander Skarsgard in Big Little Lies. Picture: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/HBO via AP

"Alice Bell, who is an Australian writer, she's writing a big show for us now and she's absolutely fabulous. It's called The Ex-Patriates. And then there's Sam Strauss, who is another really great Aussie writer, who is writing another show for us, one of Liane's other novels (believed to be Nine Perfect Strangers). So we're just glad to be find these people and we're always looking."

Her next release is another literary adaptation of the best-selling book, The Goldfinch, and has just wrapped filming another David E. Kelley drama, The Undoing, opposite Hugh Grant.

But taking a break to play dutiful daughter in Sydney was a priority too, Kidman said.

"To be able to come back and be with my mumma and be with my sister, who is here right now, is great. For Keith and I to take mum out and just do the things that a lot of times, because we're away, we don't get to do. Take her out, take her to the opera, to lunch, talk … just sit and talk and hang out is so special."

* Big Little Lies streams from 11am/8.30pm, Monday July 21 on Foxtel.


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