Nicole has since become one of the most highly sought-after actors in cinema, having made a name for herself as versatile, passionate and professional with roles such as Alice Harford in Eyes Wide Shut (1999) the courtesan Satine in 2001’s Moulin Rouge! and her Academy Award-winning performance as Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002).
And she doesn’t see any reason to start slowing down; stagnating is not an option either. ‘There isn’t a shelf life like there used to be,’ she says. ‘That’s why it’s so important to keep changing. We live longer now, if we’re fortunate. So there has to be a place to put all that creative energy.’
After 36 years on the big screen, Nicole took on her first TV role in 2017, playing Celeste in the critically acclaimed Big Little Lies. She and co-star Reese Witherspoon brought the show to life when they signed on as producers under their respective production companies: Blossom Films and Hello Sunshine.
Initially pitched as a movie, it was eventually developed into a limited series, with the pair in lead roles. ‘That’s pretty much what Big Little Lies was,’ says Nicole. ‘It was building opportunities for ourselves and our friends.’
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