NZ acting coach Miranda Harcourt gets Emmy shout out from Nicole Kidman

Actress, acting coach and director, Miranda Harcourt has been given a shout out at the Emmy Awards.
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Actress, acting coach and director, Miranda Harcourt has been given a shout out at the Emmy Awards.

Standing in a long boring queue at Los Angeles Airport, Wellington acting coach Miranda Harcourt gets a text to say movie star Nicole Kidman is talking about her live on global telly.

Then the texts keep flowing. "It really brightened up an otherwise very long wait," Harcourt said.

Kidman had just received an Emmy for her role on the TV series Big Little Lies. In her heartfelt acceptance speech, she thanked Harcourt who had been supporting the star's career for quite a while.

Nicole Kidman poses with the Emmys for Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in Limited Series for Big ...
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Nicole Kidman poses with the Emmys for Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in Limited Series for Big Little Lies.

"Miranda, Katie, Michelle, Lesley, Angie, all of you, you have been so loyal to me, for my whole life, thank you for that," Kidman said.

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"I have a huge artistic family who have supported me through all of my ups and downs."

Husband and wife film directors Miranda Harcourt (and Stuart McKenzie have directed a new Kiwi horror film The Changeover.
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Kidman won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, for her work as Celeste Wright on Big Little Lies.

But Harcourt said her best attribute was how "normal she is".

 "She's just an extremely normal person and I honestly do not know how she's managed to remain so lovely... with all the craziness in her life," Harcourt said.

Harcourt worked as an acting coach with stars in Israel, the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. That was how she knew Kidman.

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"I support her as a coach, but I can't talk too specifically about it to be honest," she said.

Despite being name dropped at the Emmy Awards, Harcourt said she never attended shows like that. "Oh no, God no, I'm just never in the right place... The last thing I would be doing is going to these award shows," she said. But, Harcourt said she does keep up with the goings ons at these red carpet events.

And she wasn't quite rallying behind Kidman to win 100 per cent, because she had also been working with Reese Witherspoon who was nominated for the same Emmy for the same show, Harcourt admitted.

"I had my fingers crossed," she said.

Big Little Lies begins on Thursday 21 September at 9.30pm on Prime

 - Stuff

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