Nicole Kidman Wants To Do A Comedy: ‘They Always Say I’m Not Funny’

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.”

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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.

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