Nine perfect strangers was released in 2021 and marked Nicole Kidman’s return to television for her third collaboration with producer David E. Kelley. Kidman has already found success with big little lies and The defeatand Nine perfect strangers turned out to be just as good, being named one of the best shows of 2021. The series follows Masha (Kidman), a Russian woman who hosts a 10-day retreat that promises to change the lives of participants forever. Naturally, things quickly descend into chaos and plenty of drama ensues.
In addition to Kidman, Nine perfect strangersfeatured an all-star cast of some of today’s most talented working actors. From Melissa McCarthy to Luke Evans to Samara Weaving, the series was truly an ensemble effort. Here are seven interesting facts about the cast that you might not have known.
seven Nicole Kidman was born in Hawaii
Nicole Kidman takes the lead role in Nine perfect strangers as Masha, and her performance is captivating, creating another career highlight. Few people know that Kidman was born in Hawaii. Moreover, as she revealed in an interview on The Graham Norton Show, she was given the Hawaiian name “Hōkūlani”. The inspiration for the name came from a baby elephant born around the same time at the Honolulu Zoo, but it’s also a commonly used name for girls. Hokulani means “heavenly star”.
6 Melissa McCarthy used to perform as a drag queen
Melissa McCarthy plays Francois Nine perfect strangers, who is struggling with her writing career. When McCarthy lived in New York in her twenties, she often did stand-up shows and incorporated drag into those performances, revealing to rolling stone that she would perform under the drag name ‘Miss Y.’ She reflects fondly on the times and credits those performances with the confidence that makes her famous today.
5 Samara Weaving’s photo was used in a political prank
Samara weaving plays Julie, who struggles with her relationship throughout Nine perfect strangers. An interesting fact about her is that while she was working on Ash vs. The Evil Dead, a photo was taken of her in character which depicts her as heavily bruised. The image ended up circulating the internet, used as fuel to fan the fires of political debate by Trump supporters. Her co-star Bruce Campbell saw the photo circulating and quickly debunked it.
4 Luke Evans grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness
Luke Evans plays Lars, another Masha retreat participant at Nine perfect strangers. He once revealed that he actually grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness and felt it prepared him for a career in Hollywood by helping him develop thick skin. He practiced door-to-door preaching, which caused many doors to slam in his face, which made him very resilient from an early age.
3 Nicole Kidman broke her rib on the set of the Moulin Rouge
One of Kidman’s most successful films to date is red Mill, which was a musical film that required him to sing and dance in many high-energy numbers. An important part of the film was the costumes, and the corsets were a major part of the film that proved dangerous for Kidman. She broke a rib trying to make herself 18 inches tall on set. She had already broken a rib while falling into the stars during a dance number, and broke it again trying to fit into the tight corset.
2 Melissa McCarthy owns her own production company
Many actors try out for roles in producing or directing as their careers progress, and numerous examples of this throughout history demonstrate varying degrees of success. McCarthy has her own production company, On the Day Productions, which she started with her husband in 2013. Films that have been produced under this company include Tammie, Party life and thunder forceshowing that it is successful.
1 Nicole Kidman can play the piano
Kidman proved she had many talents throughout her varied roles, which saw her totally change everything about herself as well as singing and dancing. Her musical talents don’t end with her singing abilities, as she can also play the piano very well. She was actually playing the piano that you see on the screen in cold mountain.