‘Being the Ricardos’ Star Alia Shawkat ‘Assumed’ Desi Arnaz Cheated on Lucille Ball

by Courtney Blackann
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Alia Shawkat is known for her comedic role in “Arrested Development.” She rose to fame starring opposite Jason Bateman and Michael Cera in the quirky comedy. The star’s unique features are easily identifiable – as her fans would come to love her for her many freckles and wide smile.

However, in recent years, the actress has taken on more serious roles. And now she’s starring oppostie Nicole Kidman for the life story of Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos.” Shawkat is learning a lot on set of the film. However, one detail that didn’t surprise her was the fact that Desi Arnaz may not have been very faithful.

In a recent interview, the actress opened up about her assumptions of the former TV star. She says she “assumed” Arnaz had been an unfaithful husband to Lucille Ball.

“She married a Cuban,” the actress says to Page Six during the “Being the Ricardos” premiere on Thursday. Shawkat went on to say that, “I assume there were dalliances. At that time, I think most husbands cheated on their wives.”

Despite this detail, the “Being the Ricardos” actress says there are many things she learned while filming the film. One of those is how during the height of the Red Scare, Lucille Ball was accused of being a communist.

“But what’s interesting is — you know how on Amazon when you watch a show, they have trivia in the corner?” she says. “When I was watching the show every night while shooting, one episode was like, in this episode, Lucy was accused of being a communist and I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s the movie I’m making right now!”

Nicole Kidman on Taking the Role of Lucille Ball for “Being the Ricardos”

The list of actors from the Aaron Sorkin film are no doubt talented. While Nicole Kidman wasn’t the first actress to be considered for the lead in “Being the Ricardos,” she stepped up for the challenge. However, the “Practical Magic” star shared some details about taking on the role and the challenges that ensued while filming.

She also shared she didn’t know many details about Lucille Ball before portraying her.

“I did not know that much about her. So the unfurling of her, for me, was a huge discovery. At the same time, it was incredibly freeing,” says Kidman. “Being able to do, obviously, I’m 5″11,’ and I’m kind of gawky, I mean, she was a beautiful dancer, but she was a physical comedian. She could move and move her body and was willing to do anything, try anything to get a laugh. There is something so freeing about doing that.”

However, Ball’s daughter, Lucy Arnaz, shared a different perspective about Kidman accepting the role.

“There seems to be a lot of discussion about ‘Nicole Kidman, it should be Debra Messing, it should be Carole Cook.’” Here’s the deal, what you should understand: We are not doing a remake of I Love Lucy. No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo nor do the Vitameatavegamin routine or … any of the silly things,” Arnaz says.

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