Following her Emmy-winning role as the victim of domestic abuse on “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman has continued speaking out in support of battered women.
“It never occurred to me that I should be at a disadvantage because I was born a girl. The idea that women and men are equal is part of my DNA. I was raised by a strong feminist mother and a fully supportive father,” the 50-year-old actress wrote in an open letter for Porter magazine.
“My feminist roots have also led me to U.N. Women and my work as its Goodwill Ambassador. It is in this role that I come to fully understand the barriers that women around the world are facing. I have focused on lending my voice to women who are survivors of violence. The stories I have heard from them have shaken me to the core and changed me forever.”
On “Big Little Lies,” Kidman played Celeste Wright, who hides from her friends the bruises left by her husband (Alexander Skarsgård).
At the Emmys, where she won outstanding lead actress, she used her acceptance speech to talk about the real-life issues that her character faced on the show.
“It is a complicated, insidious disease; it exists far more than we allow ourselves to know,” she said. “It is filled with shame, and by you acknowledging me with this award, it shines a light on it even more.”
Kidman’s letter comes just days after co-star Reese Witherspoon’s ex-husband, Ryan Phillippe, was accused of drunkenly beating his girlfriend Elsie Hewitt.
The 21-year-old model claims in a lawsuit that Phillippe grabbed her arm and threw her down the stairs several times before telling her to “get the f–k out of my house.”
A rep for Phillippe said in a statement to the Daily News that the actor is “devastated that these false allegations have been made and circulated,” noting he is a “staunch advocate” for the health, equality and well-being of women.
“Domestic violence is an incredibly serious issue and fabricated and proven false claims should not be used to unjustly slander the falsely accused,” the statement read. “The claims are false.”