Dead Calm was released in 1989. Big Little Lies was released in 2017. In the interim, Nicole Kidman has never once left our consciousness. And even after decades, she continues to break new ground.
On Big Little Lies, Nicole plays Celeste, a woman who is struggling to leave her abusive husband. She fills her character with so much humanity, it is beyond unnerving. Her emotions. Her fragility. Her ferocity. Her subtlety. Her physicality. Her bravery. Watching her, I wanted to put my hand through the TV screen and pluck her from danger. Not solely because Nicole is my friend but because she had laid herself so courageously bare for the role that Celeste felt real. She could be anyone we know.
But beyond being an outstanding actor, Nicole has intelligence, compassion, kindness and humor that make her the epitome of a great woman and friend. There is no question that I and audiences the world over will continue to value and admire her for decades to come.
Watts is an Oscar-nominated actor