‘Being the Ricardos’: Nicole Kidman on How Lucille Ball ‘Carved the Way’ for Females in Showbiz

by Courtney Blackann

During a fantastic cultural shift for women in film, there was one person who single-handedly paved the way for women in comedies. Lucille Ball didn’t just carve a path. She burst onto the scene unapologetically and never gave in. Sharing her epic story in “Being the Ricardos,” actress Nicole Kidman discusses her thoughts about what the late actress did for women in show business.

Kidman famously portrays the “I Love Lucy” star in the new biopic. She says taking on the role really helped her to learn about Lucille Ball. Further, her research lent her the insight to get into Ball’s head.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kidman says she absolutely admires Lucille Ball.

“I love that she was a woman that didn’t get eaten alive by the system. She actually helped create a new system,” Kidman says. “And it’s inspiring not only to me, but I think to a new generation of women. And she also carved the way for the next generation of comedians. They love her! Women comedians, they love her. Because she was an extraordinary, gifted clown.”

Kidman also adds: “I think it’s inspiring how many times she would pick herself up and move forward – and never gave up. Never gave up.”

While Kidman learned so much about comedy from Lucille Ball and working out of her comfort zone, the actress was met with backlash when she was cast in the role. This actually really got to Kidman – though she handled the situation with grace.

“I tried not to [listen to the criticism], but I’m a human being, so there’s time when you go, ‘Gosh, maybe I’m not the right person for this,’” Kidman said, speaking with Today. “That’s where having somebody like Aaron, who really said at the beginning, he was like, ‘I’m not wanting a perfect rendition or imitation of Lucy. No, no, no, no, no.’”

‘Being the Ricardos’ Star Nicole Kidman Identifies with Lucille Ball

Further, as Kidman got into filming, she realized she had more parallels with the famous redhead than she thought.

“There’s a scene in it where they say, ‘You’re 39, and that’s it. It’s kind of over for you,” Kidman clarified. “I know that feeling. I sort of had that. And it was like, OK. Where television suddenly opened a door for her, it opened a door for me. Around the same age, I was like, ‘Gosh, that’s kind of … I know that feeling really deeply.”

While many people believed Kidman wouldn’t be fit for the role, she definitely proves them wrong with her strong portrayal of Lucille Ball. In fact, Lucie Arnaz (Ball’s daughter) said that Kidman captured and embodied Lucille Ball’s soul.