Australian actress Nicole Kidman has detailed the moment she experienced a terrifying active shooter situation while on set of a film in Los Angeles.

The 52-year-old ‘Big Little Lies’ actress had been working on low-budget thriller Destroyer, where she plays Erin Bell, a former undercover detective who struggles to come to terms with her past, when a real life horror scene unfolded.

Nicole had been speaking at the BAFTA career retrospective in London when she detailed the terrifying incident, saying that she was forced to “hit the floor”.

“We didn’t have much money, we’re out on location and we were in South Central LA at one point shooting [the film] and they were like, ‘Get inside, there’s a shooter, a live shooter’,” she explained.

“I’m like, ‘What?’, I’ve got the [prop] gun and I’m out on the street and they dragged me in, and I hit the floor because there was a shooter and helicopters.”


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Despite the pretty scarring experience, Nicole admitted in an interview on The Graham Norton Show last week that this film in particular took a toll on herself and her family not because of this situation but because she struggled to leave the role behind when she returned home.

“It’s really a tough, gritty film, which is something I’d never done and I am always looking for new territory to explore,” she explained to his Graham Norton.

“My husband was like, ‘When is this going to end?’. As an actor, you take on things and some you can shed and walk away from and others you can’t,” she continued.


“The character had to seep out of my pores and I didn’t know how to perform that, so I just had to live it. I was a bit of a nightmare!”

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