Tue. Jun 15th, 2021

What kind of acting role challenges Nicole Kidman? How about one of the most trailblazing women in comedy.

The Oscar-winning actress, known for her dramatic onscreen performances, plays I Love Lucy‘s Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming Amazon Studios biopic Being the Ricardos, which focuses on the late sitcom star’s turbulent relationship with co-star and real-life husband Dezi Arnaz, played by Javier Bardem. In a remote video chat with comedian Chris Rock, recorded for the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors series and posted on Thursday, June 10, Kidman discussed her new movie role.

“I am way out of my comfort zone right now, Chris,” the actress told the actor, who is not involved with the film. “I’m free-falling.” 

Kidman continued, “I’d like to be funny. I’m never cast funny.” Rock responded, “Oh, you could be funny. You’re playing Lucille Ball. You better be funny,” to which the actress replied, “Lucille Ball is hopefully funny.”

Kidman also talked about how she works on modifying her accent for her acting roles. “I’ve had to put in an enormous amount of time on Lucille Ball right now,” she said, “because she has a very particular rhythm and way of speaking.”

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