Kidman feels TV is better than films for women
Los Angeles, Aug 5:After earning an Emmy nomination for her appearance on ‘Big Little Lies’, Nicole Kidman feels that the diversity and complexity of roles for women in TV are making the small screen more appealing.
Speaking at the Australian premiere of ‘ Top of the Lake: China Girl’, Kidman said that “great roles are being developed for women right now, but they are not in films, they are in television.”
“They’re on both, but they’re rare in film though,” she added.
The Oscar-winner also shared that “there is great opportunity for women because it’s a place in which there is money and directors of this caliber [Campion and Ariel Kleiman] who are willing to work in that medium and write and explore their storytelling.”
“I think there’s an enormous appeal for actors working there because you have time to develop a character and for stories to unfold. Like Big Little Lies, where there was five amazing roles for women. That’s where obviously the great roles are being developed for women right now,” she added.
And, she acknowledged that creating Big Little Lies, on which she was a producer, was done “out of frustration.”
She shared, “Reese [Witherspoon, co-producer] and I were frustrated because we weren’t being offered the sort of roles we wanted in terms of complexity and that was born out of a desire to create an opportunity for ourselves and our friends. We were able to do that because we had the ability to go and option a book like Big Little Lies, and we had a company that gave us the money to at least develop it and then it took off.”
She continued, “The more things that are made that are successful that have women as leads is great, because it inspires others and it also gives the people that put the money behind things the belief it’s going to be successful or has the opportunity to be successful. We’re all helping each other.”