Keith Urban was ‘disturbed’ by Nicole Kidman’s role in ‘Big Little Lies’

For many who watched HBO series Big Little Lies, scenes of Nicole Kidman’s character being abused by her husband (played by actor Alexander Skarsgard) were hard to watch.

Among those who had a tough time taking in those scenes was Kidman’s husband, Keith Urban.

Kidman opened up about her country star hubby’s reaction to some of her more intense dramatic roles of 2017, including Big Little Lies and feature film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer during a recent interview with W.

“[Keith Urban] is an artist. Um, he did have a hard time when he watched The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” Kidman revealed. “He saw it at the Cannes Film Festival and he was sort of hypnotized and shattered by it. [Laughs.] And when he watched Big Little Lies he was disturbed; he says that when he hears me scream or cry from a certain place in my soul it’s almost like it goes straight into him and he has a visceral reaction immediately. Because his brain and his heart doesn’t discern between acting and real life. They’re the same sounds for him. It throws him.”

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Nominee for Best Supporting Actress 'Lion' Nicole Kidman arrives with her husband Keith Urban on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actress 'Lion' Nicole Kidman arrives with her husband Keith Urban on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actress 'Lion' Nicole Kidman arrives with her husband Keith Urban on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Singer Keith Urban and actor Nicole Kidman attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman (R) and singer Keith Urban attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Singer Keith Urban and actor Nicole Kidman attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Singer Keith Urban and actor Nicole Kidman attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actress 'Lion' Nicole Kidman arrives with her husband Keith Urban on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman (L) and musician Keith Urban attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman (R) and singer Keith Urban attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actress in 'Lion' Nicole Kidman poses for fans as she arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Tommaso BODDI (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman, Musician Keith Urban, LaTanya Richardson and Samuel L. Jackson attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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Kidman praised her husband in the interview, calling him a good man who supports her and their children 100 percent.

“I had a great male figure in my life who helped to form me. And as much as I was raised by my mother, I was raised by my father, too,” she explained. “And to emphasize that is important right now—the need for the support of good men in society. You know, we need that. You can’t do it alone. So I love saying that I’m married to a really generous, kind, strong male. And Keith [Urban] is incredibly supportive of me and his daughters.”

The actress also shared memories of her first date with Urban: “Picked me up on a motorbike, took me to Woodstock. My kind of guy.”

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CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 16: Honoree Nicole Kidman (L) and recording artist Keith Urban attend the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards Presented by Max Mara, BMW of North America, and Tiffany & Co. at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 16, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Women in Film)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Singer Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 'American Idol' XIV grand finale at Dolby Theatre on May 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters.) Musician Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
Australian actress Nicole Kidman (L) and her husband musician Keith Urban (R) kiss as they pose for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premiere of 'Paddington' in London on November 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Actress Nicole Kidman and singer-songwriter Keith Urban attend the BMI 2014 Country Awards at BMI on November 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: Actress Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the Celebrate Life Ball at Grand Hyatt Melbourne on June 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Musician Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 2013 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman attend the Premiere of 'Inside Llewyn Davis' at The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
70th Cannes Film Festival - Screening of the film "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" in competition - Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France. 22/05/2017. Cast member Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban pose. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
52nd Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals - Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., - 02/04/2017 - Actress Nicole Kidman and musician Keith Urban. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
52nd Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals - Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., - 02/04/2017 - Actress Nicole Kidman and musician Keith Urban. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Cast member Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban pose at the premiere of the HBO television series "Big Little Lies" in Los Angeles, California U.S., February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actress Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Cast member Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban pose at the premiere of the HBO television series "Big Little Lies" in Los Angeles, California U.S., February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actress Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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