Nicole Kidman almost walked away from her gritty new drama Rabbit Hole after giving birth to daughter Sunday Rose – because she couldn’t portray a mother grieving the loss of a child so soon after welcoming the tot.
The Hollywood actress began working on the project, about a couple which loses its baby, in 2006 after reading rave reviews about the David Lindsay-Abaire play the film is based on. Kidman admits turning the stage show into a big screen film became a labor of love, but she felt the need to step back from the movie after becoming a mum to little Sunday in July 2008. In an interview on The View, she says,
“Four years ago I read a review of the play and it was a beautiful review… We approached the playwright and he let us option the play and that was before I was pregnant.
“And then I got pregnant, because it takes a long time to make films, particularly ones like this, and I went, ‘I can’t go anywhere near this!’ Hormonally and everything else I was like, absolutely not.”
But, after struggling for years to win financial backing for the project, all the pieces began to fall into place – and Kidman knew then that she couldn’t quit Rabbit Hole. She says,
“Then the financing became available and it was a confluence of events and everything came together and I went, ‘Do I run away or do I stay?’ Now we’ll see how committed I am, and I said, ‘I have to make it.'”
And Kidman will be thankful she didn’t pass on the movie – her performance has been hailed by critics and she has been tipped to land a nomination for Best Actress when the 2011 Oscar nominations are announced.
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