Nicole Kidman talks about finding comfort in husband Keith Urban Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian
Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian

Nicole Kidman is incredibly grateful to have the support of her country star husband Keith Urban — especially when she’s feeling vulnerable.

And, god knows she’s been vulnerable lately.

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The Oscar-winner, who likes to challenge her strength as an actress, has been considerably candid about the difficult role she plays in the HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies.”

In the series, Nicole portrays a domestic assault victim named Celeste Wright, who is violently abused by her husband, Perry Wright (played by Alexander Skarsgård). In order to bring her character to life, she has had to throw herself into torturous scenes with her on-screen partner. After doing so, she often found it difficult to shift back into her normal mind-set.

Luckily though, she had Keith to comfort her.

“I came home to loving arms,” Nicole told “Entertainment Tonight” of her loving husband. “Someone who would hold me, and I was really upset at times, really damaged, and physically and emotionally drained and in pain — my neck, particularly.

“Because we were shooting for so long, I think the duration of [the production] slowly started to seep in,” the 50-year-old Aussie, who shares daughters, Faith Margaret, 6, and Sunday Rose, 9, with Keith, added. “Normally I can step back into my family life in a very easy way. Not always but, you know, usually. I’ve been working a long time now. But it was hard.”

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Despite playing a difficult role, Nicole’s work has certainly paid off. In fact, she and her co-stars — Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern — have all earned nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards.

“We’re just reveling in [the fact that] that everyone got nominated,” she said. “That just doesn’t happen, you know? I’ve been in so many different shows and had a number of experiences over the years and this is completely new.”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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