Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play a couple grappling with grief in their new drama 'Rabbit Hole,' and Nicole tells ET that taking on the difficult role, as a parent, "was terrifying."
Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, 'Rabbit Hole' casts Nicole and Aaron as Becca and Howie Corbett, happy suburban parents who suffer an abrupt and devastating loss. Thrown into a spiral of despair, guilt, anger and longing that threatens to tear them apart, they set out to recover the happy life they once had. Dianne Wiest and Sandra Oh co-star.
Nicole, who also produced the film, says that maintaining her grief-stricken state of mind on a daily basis was the hardest part of filming the movie. "I'm offering up a deep truth, because I didn't want to fake any of it," she explains, adding that she had to learn to compartmentalize her emotions: "You don't want to go crazy, so it's kind of like existing in a limbo."
Still, the mother of little Sunday Rose with hubby Keith Urban says it was not difficult to reach for her depth of emotions.
"As soon as you're a mother, it's there; it's not hard to find," she says. "All of the emotions were like quicksilver, they were so quick to come and I had them there at my fingertips almost all the time."
'Rabbit Hole' arrives in select theaters December 17.