Following Emmys Win, ‘Big Little Lies’ Star Nicole Kidman Pens Essay On Domestic Violence

She’s played numerous, award-winning roles throughout her career, and her portrayal of wife and mother Celeste Wright in HBO’s Emmy-winning series ‘Big Little Lies’ once again proved the immense talent of Nicole Kidman. What made this character stand out specifically was the complex issue of domestic violence that her character dealt with on a daily basis with her husband Perry, played by Alexander Skarsgard.

Nicole spoke to the media on a number of occasions about this role, saying it has affected her more than anything else she has done on screen.

“Doing it for five months… it penetrated my psyche in really strange ways,” she said. Because of this portrayal, she realized the importance of using her voice to speak out about often hidden shame and fear of domestic violence, forcing victims to stay silent. She echoed these sentiments during her Emmy’s acceptance speech recently.

Since then, the actress has also written an essay for Porter magazine about domestic violence, expanding on how her role as someone in the public eye and a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women has opened her eyes to many of the issues girls and women around the world face that she doesn’t want to ignore.

“It never occurred to me that I should be at a disadvantage because I was born a girl…The idea that women and men are equal is part of my DNA. I was raised by a strong feminist mother and a fully supportive father,” she said.

In a feature on Net-A-Porter’s online magazine ‘The Edit’, Nicole expanded on her background being raised with political parents in Australia and how the notion of standing up for women’s rights was a normal part of her formative years.

“My mother was part of the Women’s Electoral Lobby and would take me to hand out pamphlets when there was voting on behalf of feminism. That’s how I was raised; we’d sit in the back rooms of the WEL while they were all talking. I remember listening, sort of not understanding but understanding there was a movement happening, that as women we were powerful together, that we needed to have equality. I was teased at school for my mum being a feminist. I just said, ‘Ok, it doesn’t matter. I’ll stand up for what I believe in’,” she said.

Because of her “feminist roots”, she was led to work with the UN in 2006 to advocate on behalf of those less fortunate than her.

“It is in this role that I come to fully understand the barriers that women around the world are facing. I have focused on lending my voice to women who are survivors of violence. The stories I have heard from them have shaken me to the core and changed me forever,” she wrote in her essay.

According to UN Women, violence is an epidemic that affects 1 in 3 women worldwide. In her Porter Magazine letter, Nicole says she wants to help victims reclaim their lives, emphasizing the importance of support.

“More than ever, I am aware of the need to support and celebrate each other…I like to believe I am part of a global support group network of 3.4 billion,” she said.

Although celebrities and public figures have a lot more social currency when it comes to influencing the masses when they speak up, Nicole says everyone has the ability to make a difference and help improve the lives of others, especially when it comes it comes to fighting for gender equality.

“Each of us, in ways big or small, will come across challenges, often arising out of the fact that we are women in a still unequal world. It has happened to me; I am sure it has to you. In those moments, I like to think of those who have my back, who lifted me up and encouraged me to believe in myself. Imagine: if you can fall back on the 3.5 billion sisters, and the many good men who are with us, what could we possibly not achieve?” She said.

 

 

 

 

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