After Kidman presented Bohemian Rhapsody with the final award of the night at Sunday’s Golden Globes — best motion picture, drama — Malek, who stars as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, was on stage to accept the award. He was then caught on camera attempting to say hello to Kidman, even reaching out and placing his hand on her back at one point.
Kidman appeared not to notice Malek, causing a viral encounter that had fans laughing. One Twitter user wrote, “Rami Malek trying to talk to Nicole Kidman is like me trying to talk to my crush #goldenglobes.”
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night, Kimmel showed the actor the clip.
“I had not seen that,” Malek, 37, said with a laugh.
The actor explained that, despite the awkward interaction, the two stars have actually been friends for years.
“I’ve known her for many years, despite as it may seem from that video,” he said. “So I thought I could easily go up and say hi, but in a moment like that, it was very awkward. I have a feeling this is probably haunting me on the internet.”
“Yeah, this is going to be around for a little while,” Kimmel joked.
Luckily, Malek said he did get to talk to one person close to Kidman that night — her husband, Keith Urban.
“I got love from Keith that night, her husband, so that was nice. He’s a massive Queen fan.”
Malek won best actor in a motion picture, drama at the awards ceremony shortly before Bohemian Rhapsody took home the big prize.
In his acceptance speech, Malek said, “I’m beyond moved. My heart is pounding out of my chest right now.”
“This is a profound honor to receive this and to be counted amongst such extraordinary actors. I’m privileged to be counted among you.”
He then went on to thank the members of Queen. “To you Brian May, to you Roger Taylor for ensuring that authenticity and inclusively exists in the music and in the world and all of us.”
“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you gorgeous,” Malek concluded.