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Nicole Kidman films new Amazon series Expats in Hong Kong after quarantine exemption backlash

Nicole Kidman is pictured filming her new TV series Expats in Hong Kong – after sparking criticism when local government exempted the actress from quarantine rules

Nicole Kidman was pictured filming scenes for Amazon’s new series Expats in Hong Kong on Monday.

The Australian actress, 54, raised a smile as she spoke to staff at a clothing store, searching through items off the rail before appearing to purchase some from a shop assistant.

She appeared in high spirits as she filmed the scenes, sporting a black shirt and beige trousers for the outing.

Coming soon: Nicole Kidman has been pictured filming scenes for Amazon’s new series Expats in Hong Kong – days after sparking criticism when local government exempted the actress from quarantine rules

Nicole wore minimal make-up on her face, and wore her red hair in a half up, half down style.

She wore a mandatory face mask while getting direction from crew, before taking it off during filming.

Expats is based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel The Expatriates, and follows the vibrant and extravagant lives of a wealthy expat community.

Nicole’s journey to film in Hong Kong was met with backlash from fans, after the local government gave her an exemption from mandatory quarantine rules to film the new TV show.

All smiles: Nicole appeared in high spirits as she filmed the scenes, sporting a black shirt and beige trousers for the occasion

All smiles: Nicole appeared in high spirits as she filmed the scenes, sporting a black shirt and beige trousers for the occasion

Nicole flew from Sydney to Hong Kong via private jet on August 12 ahead of filming the new series, and is staying at a rented mansion in the city’s Peak district.

However, she stirred controversy two days later after photos surfaced of Nicole shopping at a designer boutique in the city’s Central district with her bodyguard.

Hong Kong mandates that international travellers must complete at least seven days of quarantine upon arrival, followed by ‘self-monitoring’.

Precaution: She wore a mandatory face mask while getting direction from crew, before taking it off during filming

Precaution: She wore a mandatory face mask while getting direction from crew, before taking it off during filming

However, The Hong Kong government has confirmed it waived these tough quarantine rules for Kidman.

In a statement to HK01, Hong Kong’s Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said that Kidman received an exemption from mandatory quarantine ‘to carry out designated professional work’. 

As part of her exemption, Nicole was required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, stay in a ‘designated residence’, get tested for the virus regularly and provide ‘work-related itineraries’, according to Dimsumdaily Hong Kong.

Journey: Nicole flew from Sydney to Hong Kong via private jet on August 12 ahead of filming the new series, and is staying at a rented mansion in the city's Peak district

Journey: Nicole flew from Sydney to Hong Kong via private jet on August 12 ahead of filming the new series, and is staying at a rented mansion in the city’s Peak district

Opinion: 'The fact that Nicole Kidman films the series Expats without quarantine already tells the privilege of expats in Hong Kong,' commented one user on Twitter

Opinion: ‘The fact that Nicole Kidman films the series Expats without quarantine already tells the privilege of expats in Hong Kong,’ commented one user on Twitter

The news of Kidman’s exemption sparked backlash on social media, with several Hong Kong locals complaining about the apparent ‘double standard’ enjoyed by the celebrity visitor.

‘Nice to know that Nicole Kidman isn’t at all mercenary & stands with the people of Hong Kong. Man facepalming’, one raged.

Another added: ‘The fact that Nicole Kidman films the series Expats without quarantine already tells the privilege of expats in Hong Kong.’

Nicole’s departure from Sydney comes as the city continues to battle the ongoing Delta variant of Covid-19.

On Monday, NSW recorded 818 new Covid-19 cases with 42 infectious in the community.

NSW is one week ahead of schedule to have 6 million vaccines administered by the end of August raising hopes lockdown could be lifted sooner, despite the growing number of cases.

Excused: In a statement to HK01, Hong Kong's Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said that Kidman received an exemption from quarantine 'to carry out designated professional work' (Pictured: Nicole in 2020)

Excused: In a statement to HK01, Hong Kong’s Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said that Kidman received an exemption from quarantine ‘to carry out designated professional work’ (Pictured: Nicole in 2020)

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