Nicole Kidman wasn’t sure she was qualified to play Lucille Ball

Nicole Kidman has been a global superstar for two decades, but she wasn’t so sure of her own talent before she landed the part of Lucille Ball in the upcoming film Being the Ricardos.

“I had doubts, of course,” she tells Jane Garvey on This Morning. “And [the film’s director] Sissy Spacek said, ‘Just trust it.'”

That’s the magic of true acting experience though, right? Getting experience at all is probably key to investing in new roles and so, the actress admits, she was “freaking out” about this gig. “The truth is I had never heard of her, I had heard of her daughter, but I had no idea who she was,” Kidman explains. “And I just felt a sort of pangs of jealousy because she didn’t even know who I was – and I knew that I would be doing a biopic.”

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Lucille Ball’s grandson will be in charge of the preserve with her star’s rose ‘Being the Ricardos’ — ITV This Morning (@itvthismorning) November 9, 2018

Luckily, that added that missing “fruity, brilliant” character to her résumé and audiences will see she nails it perfectly. The change of pace, too, was welcome. For a while, it’d been a drag watching people embody her, Kidman says. “I was just kind of cringing and pulling out of the movie because I thought, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe they’re doing this to me!’ And now I feel so proud.”

It’s her eighth biopic, and part of what made it so enjoyable for Kidman is that there’s no artificial importance in this one. “It’s honest, it’s frankly, one of the most honest films I’ve ever been a part of,” she says. “And also the best script I’ve ever read.”

Being the Ricardos hits cinemas on November 30.

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