‘I blew her a kiss and felt like such an idiot’: Vanessa Kirby reveals her amusing reaction while watching a woman give birth as she prepared for Pieces Of A Woman role
Vanessa Kirby revealed her embarrassment when she ‘blew a kiss’ at a woman she was watching give birth while preparing for her role in Pieces Of A Woman.
The actress, 32, detailed the amusing incident during an appearance on The Graham Norton show, which is set to air on Friday night.
Discussing the films 30-minute opening birthing scene, she admitted: ‘I had no idea how the hell to act it as I’ve not given birth, but I did shadow an obstetrician and there was a woman about to give birth.
‘I blew her a kiss and felt like such an idiot’: On Friday, Vanessa Kirby revealed her amusing reaction while watching a woman give birth while preparing for Pieces Of A Woman role
‘The midwife asked her if I could watch and I thought, “There is no way she is going to let some random actress watch her give birth”, but she said yes, and I was so grateful.
‘She was in the flow of this magnificent moment and at one point she looked at me and I couldn’t think of anything to do so I blew her a kiss.’
Reiterating how embarrassed she was, Vanessa claimed: ‘I felt like such an idiot! I was in awe and I could never have acted without her.’
Amusing: Vanessa said of watching the birth: ‘She was in the flow of this magnificent moment and at one point she looked at me and I couldn’t think of anything to do so I blew her a kiss’
Faux-pas: Reiterating how embarrassed she was, Vanessa claimed: ‘I felt like such an idiot! I was in awe and I could never have acted without her’
The Netflix film sees Vanessa play a woman struggling with her grief after losing her baby, and to prepare for the part she met with women who experienced stillbirths.
Speaking in Esquire UK’s Jan/Feb 2021 issue in November about it, Vanessa said of the experience: ‘I had to understand what it’s like to be expecting your first kid, which I’ve never done. I had to understand birth and labour.
‘I had never seen that in real life. And then understand the grief of not having that person that you’ve been preparing for in your life.
‘I spent so much time with her and I realised I have a duty to her to do her story justice, as authentically as I possibly can. That became the great responsibility of it.’
Vanessa made a name for herself when she portrayed Princess Margaret in Netflix’s The Crown in the show’s first and second season.
She told Graham about the part: ‘It was only ever going to be for two seasons and Helena [Bonham Carter] is so amazing in the role. We text each other and call each other Marg.’
The Graham Norton Show is set to air on BBC One on December 18, at 10.45pm. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.
Star power: Vanessa made a name for herself when she portrayed Princess Margaret in Netflix’s The Crown, and said her successor Helena Bonham Carter is ‘so amazing’ in the role