What was fascinating for me was exploring her very essence. Her essence as a writer, her essence as a woman; physically and emotionally it came together at the same time for me. I wanted to find her through her voice, through the exact manner she’d roll her cigarette. The vacancy in her eyes, her inner torment of dealing with the theme of death both in writing as well as in her private life; There was something intensely individual about Virginia and it was definitely absorbing and challenging just trying to get inside her mind. I think the scene on the train station where she talks about choice is absolutely powerful. Choices in life…and how, they may not be in terms of long term the best choices for you but they are about what you want and you get to make the decisions of what is best for you. Virginia was all about that.
Nicole Kidman, on playing Virginia Woolf in "The Hours".