EXCLUSIVE: Alexander Skarsgard Suggests a Way His Character Could Return to 'Big Little Lies' Season 2
By Jackie Willis
Alexander Skarsgård tells ET that he's "absolutely" interested in returning to Big Little Lies, despite his character's demise.
It was recently revealed that the wildly popular HBO miniseries will return for another installment, but -- spoiler alert -- Skarsgård's character, Perry Wright, was killed in the show's season one finale after the other characters discover that Perry has been physically abusive to his wife, Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman).
While it doesn't seem likely that Skarsgard will be back for the sequel, it didn't stop him from coming up with ways that Perry could be inserted into the upcoming story line. "Well, we can do a prequel," he suggested to ET's Lauren Zima while at HBO's Big Little Lies FYC event at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday. "I tried to pitch the idea of Perry having a twin sister who shows up, Terry, and she's, like, pissed off because all these ladies killed her brother. So, basically a revenge story of her just going berserk in Monterey and killing all these women."
Skarsgård clearly gets the vibe of the show, but admitted that portraying an abusive husband was "very tough" for both himself and Kidman. "It was physically intense. Nicole's a very committed actress," he said of shooting the hard-to-watch scenes in the show. "It was intense and violent, but also psychologically [and] mentally very tough to shoot.
The 40-year-old actor revealed that, even now, he has a hard time watching the violent scenes between himself and Kidman. "I did not like those days," he confessed. "And watching it back, of course it reminded me, it brought me back to shooting that stuff. That wasn't my favorite part of shooting."
Like his co-star, Skarsgård also left shooting with some bumps and bruises, but noted, "I think I bruised [Nicole] more then she bruised me, unfortunately."
Kidman -- who is nominated for an Emmy for her role on Big Little Lies -- also spoke to ET at the event on Tuesday night, and shared that it was her real-life husband, Keith Urban, who became her support system when she was taking on the role of a domestic abuse victim. "Luckily I have a partner who is artistic, so he understands what it takes to support that," the 50-year-old actress said, praising Urban. "[He] would hold me, and I was really upset at times, really damaged and really upset and physically and emotionally drained and in pain. Luckily I have that at home."
Check out more of what Kidman had to say about her emotionally taxing role on Big Little Lies: