Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Nicole Kidman revealed details behind the moment she accepted the role of Lucille Ball and confirmed the gig was done somewhat on a whim.
“I am actually glad I didn’t realise, as it is with anything in life it is better not to know ahead of time what you are going into,” Kidman began. The actor then admitted she committed to play Ball “without thinking it through,” telling the outlet, “‘I think I have a screw loose where I am not able to go, ‘yikes, be careful’. I don’t have that, that is not part of my makeup.” The “Big Little Lies” star shared similar sentiments with USA Today, revealing that after she said “yes,” it finally hit that she had a difficult task ahead and was “terrified.”
“It was like trying to use everything in your arsenal as an actor,” she said. “I was going to have to stretch in a massive way.” Kidman’s process behind becoming Ball included watching hours of footage of “I Love Lucy,” reading through Ball and Desi Arnaz’s biographies, and a little pep talk from director Aaron Sorkin. “I had massive trepidation about a month prior, and Aaron had to get on the phone and send me emails saying, ‘You’ve got this,'” the star told Variety. “I fell in love with her as I was reading the script… I realized what she was doing [was] trailblazing for women.”