Nicole Kidman admits she felt ‘depressed’ while filming the dark Oscar-winning biopic ‘The Hours’

Nicole Kidman has made a painful admission of feeling “depressed” while performing her Oscar-winning role as Virginia Woolf in The hours.

The Australian actress, 54, took on the titular character as she went through her much talked about divorce from tom Cruise in 2001 and revealed that she became an “open vessel” for Woolf’s suicidal thoughts.

The hours follows the iconic author’s struggle for mental health and depicts Woolf’s suicide in 1941 by drowning – a scene Kidman says she filmed “over and over again”.

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Den suverænt smukke Nicole Kidman var næsten uigenkendelig som den dystre og modløse britiske litterære figur Virginia Woolf i <i>The Hours</i>.  Her portrayal and transformation was so overwhelming that the Academy awarded her Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2003 Academy Awards. “/><figcaption><span>Nicole Kidman portrayed author Virginia Woolf in ‘The Hours’. </span></figcaption></figure>
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<p><span>“I put the stones in my pocket and went into the river. Again and again. I’m probably not considering danger enough,” Kidman told the BBC’s </span><em><span>This Cultural Life</span></em><span>.</span></p>
<p><span>“I think I myself was somewhere at the time that was removed, depressed, not in my own body.”</span></p>
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<p><span>She added: “So the idea of ​​Virginia coming through me was pretty much an open vessel for that to happen. And I think Stephen [Daldry, the film’s director] was very sensitive to me because he knew it. “</span></p>
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<p><span>Kidman also talked about his own mental health experiences outside of playing a character.</span></p><div class='code-block code-block-1' style='margin: 8px 0; clear: both;'>
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“I have dived and crossed many different landscapes of mental health and loss and ideas and joy and brought up birth, and you know life is what it is,” Kidman explained.

The Oscar-winning actress admitted that she felt ‘depressed’ while filming the tough role. (WireImage)

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“It’s far more researched for me now than when I was 14. I’m definitely into it. I’m definitely feeling it and am clearly aware of the precious in it and time.

“The other extraordinary thing I’m very aware of is that I’m around and exposed to some of the biggest brains in the world. I’m the recipient of their focus.”

Kidman filmed The hours in 2002, a year after sharing with her first husband Tom Cruise after 11 years of marriage.

The couple share two adopted children – Isabella, 29, and Connor, 26.

The Oscar-winning actress married Keith Urban in 2006, and the couple welcomed daughters Sunday Rose, 13, and Faith Margaret, 11.

If you or someone you know needs immediate or mental health-related support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via lifeline.org.au. In case of emergency call 000.

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