Nicole Kidman’s new series is reportedly causing major traffic jams in Byron Bay and locals are not happy
Locals from New South Wales’ picturesque town of Byron Bay are not happy.
Production for Nicole Kidman‘s new series, Nine Perfect Strangers, is currently shooting on location at the coastal town, causing significant traffic and delays.
A number of angry residents have submitted anonymous messages to popular celebrity Instagram account Deuxmoi, expressing their anger over what was once a dreamy and quiet destination becoming a “celebrity takeover.”
“Everyone knows Byron Bay is one of the most beautiful places in Australia, but since COVID hit, it seems to be the new celebrity hotspot,” one person wrote. “It’s a small town, but the traffic is so bad due to roadworks AND the filming of Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy’s new series (Nine Perfect Strangers) shutting off an alternative route to get into town!”
Meanwhile, another user sent in a message titled: “Justice of Byron Bay.”
“I’ve lived in this area my whole life,” they began. “It’s completely changed because of the celebrities! The wannabe influencers in Sydney and Melbourne all sold their homes to move here — Natalie Portman is here too.”
According to the user, “a huge filming studio” is in talks to be built, but the north coast hotspot “doesn’t have the infrastructure to support all the people moving.”
“Everyone I know can no longer afford to live here and won’t be able to buy houses in the areas they’ve grown up in and you can’t get your kids into any schools!” they continued. “Zac Efron, Jacob Elordi etc all buy houses here because they love the vibes bit the vibes are gone.”
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Daily Mail Australia recently reported that locals are unhappy about the town becoming a top tourist destination for Hollywood stars. Gyms are unable to accept new clients due to being at full capacity, beauty and hair salon appointments have extensive wait times and restaurants in the area are fully booked.
The report also confirmed that traffic has increased, with a taxi driver claiming that they often turn off their phone lines due to the extremely high volume of calls.
Nine Perfect Strangers is set to debut in 2021.