Vanessa Kirby Says Working On 'Pieces Of A Woman' Has Given Her A 'Greater Empathy'

Ata Owaji Victor
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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

Ahead of last night's Oscars 2021, Vanessa Kirby shared in a red carpet interview how acting in her newest film Pieces of A Woman had impacted her emotionally.

During an interview before the ceremony began, last night (April 25), the 32-year-old star who was nominated for Best Actress for her role in the film, told host Giuliana Rancic that stepping into the role has given her a 'greater empathy' for women experiencing baby loss.

In Pieces of a Woman, Kirby plays a first time mother who loses her child during a home birth. In response to Rancic's question on whether or not the role 'changed her', Kirby said 'I think kind of imagining and speaking to the amount of women that I spent time with who have lost babies and imagining that level of grief and kind of living through that through the film.'

The actor continued by saying that, 'I notice now that its given me such a kind of greater empathy or maybe sensitivity if someone's going though a hard time... I'm lucky enough not to have gone through something to that level of grief.'

In the clip, Kirby explains that due to the experience she is 'definitely more sensitive towards it now and I'm really grateful for that because I can pick up on it quicker, I know what to say more and for that I'm really grateful.'

Kirby finished by adding that being on the red carpet at the Oscars this year has been 'so surreal, especially in a year like this' before adding that she is so 'grateful more than anything that it's for something, a film that I care about the message so be here for that is just a real, you know a once in a lifetime thing.'

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In an interview earlier this year for NET-A-PORTER’s digital title, Porter, Kirby opened up about the unique process of attending Zoom ceremonies ahead of her first nomination in this year’s Academy Awards.

The star, who was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Pieces of a Woman, has previously won a BAFTA and been nominated for an Emmy for portraying Princess Margaret in the first seasons of Netflix drama The Crown, explained that when she first heard of her Oscar nomination she spent the night talking about the news with her sister.

'I heard the news and I was so shaky, and then I just got to hold my sister’s hand all night and talk to my best friends,' she said. 'I got to experience it from such a calm place and I’m just feeling deeply grateful.'

In the interview, the actor also shared details on what it’s like to attend a virtual ceremony, saying: 'You do these Zooms of the ceremonies – they’re usually at like 4am here because it’s LA time – and I drag my sister onto screen with me and we sit there and giggle, and they come to you and you clap. Then the computer closes, and we eat a bar of chocolate at 5am, watching some random TV, laughing in our pyjamas.'

If you have experienced a miscarriage and need support, please contact The Miscarriage Association (via email at or telephone on 01924 200799, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm) or Tommy's.

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