ACTRESS Nicole Kidman landed herself in hot water after touching down in Hong Kong on August 19, 2021.
The cinema icon worked around the city’s strict Covid-19 laws.
Why is Nicole Kidman’s Hong Kong trip being criticized?
Kidman was criticized for evading quarantine rules after landing in Hong Kong to film a new program.
Hong Kong newspapers, including the South China Morning Post and The Standard, said Kidman was in the city to film a series for Amazon.
In a statement, the Hong Kong government said “the case in discussion has been granted permission to travel to Hong Kong with a quarantine exemption for the purpose of performing designated professional work.”
It added that the move was “conducive to maintaining the necessary operation and development of Hong Kong’s economy.”
Reports wrote that Kidman arrived to the city on a private jet from Sydney on August 12.
All arrivals from countries deemed “medium” or “high” risk need to quarantine in a hotel for 14 or 21 days according to government protocol.
Who is in the cast of Nine Perfect Strangers?
Nicole Kidman leads a cast of top names in the forthcoming Hulu offering Nine Perfect Strangers based on the book by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty.
Kidman, 53, plays the role of Masha, a wellness guru bringing nine strangers together during a 10-day retreat.
Making up the talented cast are Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Michael Shannon, Bobby Cannavale, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving, Melvin Gregg, Asher Keddie, Grace Van Patten, Tiffany Boone and Manny Jacinto.
The production sees Nicole join forces once again with The Undoing and Big Little Lies creator David E Kelley.
The pair are both executive producers on the project, with Kelley co-writer alongside John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss.
What did Nicole Kidman say about her mental health?
The Undoing gripped viewers across the globe when it launched in 2020 – but the dark scenes took their toll on leading lady Nicole Kidman.
Speaking to Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, Nicole admitted that she was left “physically sick” by her time on the show, along with several other roles.
“Even on The Undoing, it kind of happened where I just like suddenly was in this place of…There was sort of a disquietness to my personality,” the star recounted.
“Where I was uneasy and there was duress on who I was,” she went on.
“I went down for a week, because your immune system it doesn’t know the difference between acting and truth when you’re doing them.”
Nicole explained that this was be no means a phenomena unique to herself and was something she knew that many actors struggled with.
However, she said that while some had trained their bodies to cope with the emotional strain, it was something she struggled with.
Specifically, she said she suffered with insomnia in the days after her most intense scenes, but recounted her time filming Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut as one of her most extreme reactions.