Nicole Kidman has detailed how she stayed in character for five months after filming Nine Perfect Strangers.

Taking method acting to a whole new level, the Aussie actress joked that she was “batshit crazy” while portraying her character, Masha.

“I’d only respond as Masha,” she said at a Television Critics Association panel, according to the Independent.

“I wanted a very calm healing energy to emanate all the time so I remember going over to people and sort of putting my hand on their heart, holding their hand, they would talk to me or use my name Nicole when I would completely ignore them.”

Kidman added: “The only way I could actually relate to people was that way because I felt like otherwise I would be doing a performance and I didn’t want to feel that way.”

Nine Perfect Strangers follows Kidman’s character Masha Dmitrichenko, who runs a health and wellness centre called Tranquillum House and nine stressed-out clients who attend the retreat looking for healing and transformation.

But, according to the synopsis, “these nine strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.”

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The film boasts a star-studded cast, with Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving, Michael Shannon, Asher Keddie, Grace Van Patten, Bobby Cannavale, Melvin Gregg, Tiffany Boone and Manny Jacinto also starring in the flick.

Recently, Kidman also confirmed that Big Little Lies is set to return for a third season.

Speaking on iHeart Radio’s Jam Nation podcast, Kidman revealed that author Liane Moriarty is penning a new book that will serve as storylines for the show’s third season.

“There’s a story being concocted,” Kidman added. “Our group of women all want to do it. It’s more the kernel of ideas that just need to be solidified.”

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