‘Being the Ricardos’ Star Nicole Kidman Calls Casting Backlash ‘Strange’

by Amy Myers

In a virtual chat where Emmy-winning actors answer the tough questions, Nicole Kidman and Chris Rock sat down to talk about their recent, most defining roles.

Kidman portrays Lucille Ball in the upcoming film “Being the Ricardos.” While the couple’s sitcom, “I Love Lucy,” centered around lighthearted, laughable situations, Nicole Kidman stresses that the current film is not a remake of the famed show.

“The strange thing about Lucille Ball is that everyone thinks we’re remaking the ‘I Love Lucy’ show, and it’s so not that,” Kidman said, according to Variety, “It’s about Lucy and Desi and their relationship and their marriage. It’s very deep, actually.”

Chris Rock and Nicole Kidman agreed Lucille and Desi had a very complex relationship.

“She was a trailblazer. She formed her production company. Desi was Cuban, and she had to fight to get him on the show. They had just so many things in their marriage that are so relevant today…” Kidman expressed.

The Emmy duo also commented on Lucille’s hard-fought battle for control against a male-dominated industry. Nicole Kidman claimed that this issue is still relevant for female actors today.

Nicole Kidman Talks Technical

Outside of their characters’ struggles, Nicole Kidman and Chris Rock also discussed common techniques when taking on a role.

One crucial skill of a good actor, the duo agreed, is the ability to access difficult emotions.

Rock relayed that anger was an easier emotion for him than sadness. However, Kidman replied that she was the exact opposite.

“I exist more in probably a state of raw fragility in my life,” Nicole Kidman said, “So, therefore, that’s something I can shift into when I perform. But things like anger — I can access them, but they’re harder for me to access.”

Another crucial aspect for the two Emmy winners is the ability to separate their personal life from their work.

In Nicole Kidman’s other notable role as Grace Fraser in “The Undoing,” she must portray a mistrusting wife. Chris Rock commented that this is much different from her real life. Despite her previous marriage to actor Tom Cruise, Kidman agrees that her husband is “a really good partner.”

Kidman also says working with people she knows makes the process easier. “I love working with people that I know because I’m quite shy,” Kidman shared, “And so, working with someone that I’ve got a history with or know well, I feel so much freer and safer. Having Hugh as my husband was fantastic for me.”

Along with the familiarity with her co-stars, Nicole Kidman also gives credit to having a psychologist father for her ability to portray a variety of characters.

Kidman said, “I have his ability to see things from many different points of view, which I’m so glad to have as an actor. I’m really willing to change.”