Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman in The Undoing. Photo courtesy HBO
The Undoing is a new series from HBO Max set in New York City starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Donald Sutherland, and Édgar Ramírez. The stately filming locations for The Undoing add much to the drama of the thriller, setting the tone for a sequence of events that jolts the rarified Upper East Side society of Manhattan, of which husband and wife Grace and Jonathan Fraser (played by Kidman and Grant) belong. Their son Henry (played by Noah Jupe) is in a fictional private school called The Reardon School. A mysterious woman named Elena Alvez from Harlem, whose son has just joined the school as a scholarship student, gets sidelined by the alpha group of moms who run the school’s fundraising committee. Grace, a successful psychologist, takes an interest in Elena, and over the first two episodes of the series, Elena’s life comes into clearer view while Grace’s rapidly unravels.
The Undoing is directed by Susanne Bier, who directed Birdbox and The Night Manager. Her latest does not skimp on its filming locations — featuring over a dozen locations in just the first two episodes to authentically create the world of the Frasers. Take a look at the filming locations for The Undoing so far! (If you haven’t seen few episodes, there may be some spoilers below):
1. Elena’s Art Studio
We know from the first few minutes of The Undoing that someone is found dead. The show doesn’t keep you in suspense for long, cutting to a gruesome flash forward scene throughout the first two episodes, revealing a little more each time. We quickly learn that the boy running to the studio is Miguel Alvaraz, Elena’s son.
The studio is located in Harlem at 181 Lenox Avenue (also known as Malcolm X Avenue) at 119th Street. If this looks familiar to you, it’s because it’s the exact same location of “Pop’s Barbershop” in the Netflix show, Luke Cage. Funny enough, in The Undoing also has barbershop signage, for “El Morro Barbershop”.