Kidman stayed in character the entire duration of the five-month Nine Perfect Strangers shoot.
“I wanted to not meet everybody before we started, so we set it up in the way where that was the first time I would meet everybody,” the Australia native told Variety in August 2021. “I stayed in character so that I could just relate to each person in that way. Otherwise, it would have felt very strange, coming in and chatting and trying to slip into Masha.”
While taking on the role of Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos later that year, Kidman started smoking cigarettes to make her voice sound more like the iconic comedian’s.
“They decided her Lucy needed to have a deep smoker’s voice, so I started smoking,” she shared with DuJour in December 2021. “If I warm up for a minute, I now can do her voice standing on my head.”
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