If you were about to meet Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, you'd be justified in having a few butterflies. But for Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, the situation was close to being downright panic-inducing.
Speaking to 60 Minutes, the author told the story of her first encounter with Kidman, who starred in the TV adaptation of her best-selling book. The pair had agreed to meet at a Sydney café in Darlinghurst. However, upon Moriarty's arrival, she found out that the cafe was closed.
Trying to play it cool, Moriarty wondered whether they had closed it just for Kidman so the pair could meet there alone. "So I walked around the back and I could see the staff, and so I thought, 'I should make meaningful eye contact with them,'" Moriarty explained.
"I said, 'Are you closed?' And they said, 'Yes.' And so I looked at them and said, 'But are you closed for everyone?' And they said, 'Yes. We're closed for everyone. Get out.'" Awkward!
Luckily, the meeting still took place — just at another café. And it clearly went well: Kidman went on to star in the television series for Big Little Lies, helping it to win eight Emmys, four Golden Globes, and two SAG awards. The first encounter has also led to a string of other gigs for Kidman. She is set to star in and produce Nine Perfect Strangers, another novel by Moriarty.
The Australian writer has risen to fame quickly since Big Little Lies was adapted for the small screen. The series was globally successful, with strong acting talent including Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.
After starting her writing career 15 years ago, Moriarty has written 11 books and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide. Two of her sisters, Nicole and Jaclyn, are also novelists.
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