Nicole Kidman may be an Oscar-winning dramatic actress currently earning kudos for her raw, jaw-dropping performance in HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and Oscar-nominated turn in “Lion” — but what she’d really like to do is a comedy.
Speaking to journalists Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote her upcoming role in the new season of “Top of the Lake”, Kidman expressed a desire to show off her comedy chops.
“They always say I’m not funny. So I would love to be able to do a comedy,” Kidman admitted.
“I never get offered them. I’m always offered dramas. But, you know, as I keep saying, at this stage in my life, I am so up for anything,” she added. “So I’m just at that place where I’m, like, I want to try it. I’m willing to fall flat on my face. I know how to get back up again. I’m willing to get back up again, but I want to just keep trying things.”
In fact, Kidman revealed that when it comes to pratfalls and physical comedy, her current comedy inspiration is her daughter. “I’m learning that stuff from my daughter,” said Kidman. “I have a nine year old who, I’m sure, has Lucille Ball in her. So I’m learning a lot of physical comedy from my nine-year-old daughter right now.”
Speaking to a group of reporters after the session, Kidman said was a big fan of sitcoms such as “I Love Lucy”, and revealed that her father loved reading MAD Magazine.
“The thing that makes me close to people is laughing with them, I love it,” she added.
Kidman will be seen in the third season of Jane Campion’s acclaimed drama series, “Top of the Lake”, playing the adoptive mother of the now-teenage girl given up for adoption by police detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”).
“Top of the Lake: China Girl” is set to make its Canadian debut on Oct. 25.